Visiting Italy’s most famous landmark with little children is no Pisa cake! Read my Pisa travel tips to make your vacation fun for the entire family.
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Before I tell you about my family’s trip to Pisa, let me give you a backstory. We are an expat family from the Philippines. When my second son Lucas was five months old, we moved to Italy. Before leaving our country, we took this photo in one of Manila’s malls. This gave us the motivation to go to the actual Leaning Tower when we get to Italy!
You can travel to Pisa by car, air or train. From Siena, we took the fast train to Pisa.
ADVANTAGES OF TAKING THE TRAIN:
- Comfortable seats
- Free Wi-Fi
- Availability of vending machines
- Main attractions are near the train station
AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: Machine-validate your tickets prior to boarding the train.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO FLY: Pisa’s airport is Galileo Galilei International Airport.
Things To Bring On Your Trip
- light-weight umbrella stroller
- stroller organizer
- baby carrier
- back-pack type of diaper bag with diapers, wipes, an extra set of clothes, snacks, medicine, and water
- anti-theft purse for your money, credit card, and important documents
Keep your itinerary simple. Don’t try to do so many things in one day. For our trip to Pisa, we went to these main attractions:
- Keith Haring’s Mural
- The Leaning Tower
- Campo dei Miracoli
Pisa is a major tourist trap so be aware of your surroundings! For first-timers, you may get too excited to take a tourist shot of the tower. Do not neglect your kids!
This wall is the closest to the train station, so we went here first. The theme of the mural is peace and harmony in the world.
2. The Leaning Tower
We followed the signs to get to the Torre di Pisa or the Leaning Tower. If you have little kids with you, try not to get stressed if you cannot get the “perfect shot”. Just enjoy the moment.
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Also, we did not go up the tower anymore. The line was too long and you will have to pay an extra fee.
3. Campo dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles)
In this square, you can already view all the important landmarks in Pisa: the baptistery, the cathedral (which includes the leaning tower or the bell tower), and the camposanto. It was proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. The large garden area is the perfect place for your children to run around and play.
At about 16:00, we hurried back to catch the late afternoon train to Siena. We were still pretty tired after that trip but it was worth it!
Do you often travel with little kids? Share your travel tips in the comments section!
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