The Mediaeval Pisa was one of the most powerful maritime traders of Italy, together with Amalfi, Genova and Venezia. Present day Pisa, however, is situated quite a far from the sea because of the natural filling-up of Arno estuary.
The closest sea from Pisa is this Marina di Pisa. It takes about 15-20 min. from Pisa by bus or car. The public bus from Pisa departs from Piazza Sant'Antonio, near Pisa Centrale station, every half an hour or more frequently during the summer.
When I visited here in the middle of June. At the place near to the estuary, there was this poster saying it was rated as not suitable for swimming (Bandiera rossa, Divieto di balneazione). Even so, I saw quite a few people in the sea. If you go further down the sea line, there was this artificial pebble beach.
This is free beach (most of the coast line between Pisa and Livorno is occupied by payable bathing facilities), so if they wanted just to stay near the sea and lie down, it was ok.
These are the fisheries at the end of the Arno river.
If you go closer, the fishing establishment looks like this.
The Arno river, however, is not the cleanest of the rivers, partly because it passes through large towns like Florence and Pisa, and partly because of the presence of leather factories near Florence. I prefer not to eat the fish from this part of the sea.
But, if you are interested, there are some fishmongers just near-by (more or less where I was taking these photos).
This is a Pisa-Romanesque style church in Marina, but I don't know any detail. Sorry.
Marina is not a tourist spot, but many people who live nearby come to enjoy the view and air of the sea. Along the sea line, there are numerous bars, ice-cream shops and pizzerias, and you can stop at one of these places to relax.
I have never tries, but there are several restaurants of various levels.
The nearest swimming beaches from Pisa are in Tirrenia and in Calambrone, toward Livorno. There towns are busier and noisier with lots of young people and young families, than Marina.
This is a pastry shop (left) I found this time, called Calise. The shop is very small but, inside, they freshly make the sweets inside. There was quite a lot of attractive offers, but I picked up this sfogliatella (below).
The sfogliatella is Neapolitan speciality. The shell is made of thin ribbon form pastry rolled up to make pie layers. Inside there is ricotta filling.
This pastry shop seems to specialise in sfogliatelle, and apart from the classic sfogliatelle I bought, there were also other types, like ones with fresh cream filling, with chocholate, and smaller ones.
This is how it looks like inside. The orange colour thing is sweet orange peel. Bad sfogliatelle have hard and gummy shell and difficult to eat. This one had right texture and rich filling. It was as good as good sfogliatelle I ate in Naples, and I can say I ate worse ones even in Naples.
It costs only €1. I would return to eat it again.
This is the view of Marina from the sky. The red part near the south estuary (north is bottom of the photo) is Marina.
If you have a plan to stay some time in Pisa, do drop by.
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