PisaPisa is an ideal gateway for visits to Tuscany and Liguria. Frequent flights from the UK and an airport within walking distance of the city make it a relatively easy and economical destination.
2014, I have returned in July 2015 and in May 2016.
Hotel La Pace, near the station and this time my 6th floor room even had a distant view of the leaning tower, on the other side of the river Arno!
|Lungarno Galileo Galilei on south bank of River Arno, Pisa|
Pisa - Orzo BrunoPub Orzo Bruno opens at 7pm and it is a good idea to arrive there early in the evening to enjoy the complimentary buffet laid out on the bar.
|Miki serving at Pub Orzo Bruno - note complimentary buffet on bar|
|Livio serving Valdera Rossa|
Pisa - La Torre del LuppoloLa Torre del Luppolo, a bottle shop and beer bar which opened in May 2014 is only a short walk from here, in Via Renato Fucini.
La Torre del Luppolo is open every evening from 6pm.
The good news was that I turned up on Monday 16th May, the beer shop's second birthday and was offered a free beer. A tray of pastries was also offered to customers to celebrate the birthday
|Francesco and Alessandro - La Torre del Luppolo, Pisa|
Liguria & Cinque Terre
|Pisa > Deiva Marina train ticket 10.50 euros|
Carrara are visible from the first train between Pisa and La Spezia.
|La Spezia station - Train for Sestri Levante via Deiva Marina|
|View of the Ligurian Sea from the train at Framura station|
Deiva MarinaThe railway route hugs the coast and my train stopped at Framura before entering another tunnel and emerging at Deiva Marina station. My Newbury friend, Chris Reynolds, had arrived on an earlier train from the opposite direction after a stay in Genoa.
|Balcony view from Albergo La Lampara, Deiva Marina|
|Birra Toz Friulana Artiginiale at Raggio di Luna, Deiva Marina|
|Tim with a beer - overlooking Vernazza's main street|
Moretti Siciliana from the brewery's Le Regionali range. This was my favourite bottled beer of the trip. The 5.8% ABV beer has floral notes from orange blossom.
We followed a footpath a little way out of the town towards Corniglia. The effort was rewarded with panoramic views from Bar La Torre.
Menabrea beer before the steep descent back to the town.
Bar O'Netto Brasserie on the main street, a little way uphill from Piazza Vignaioli.
|Chris with Poretti 7 at Bar O'Netto|
ManarolaThe sun shone on Friday as we hiked up and down the Beccara Trail to Manarola (Cinque Terre).
|Looking back at Riomaggiore from the Beccara Trail|
|Forst at Nessun Dorma, Manarola|
|Later - a return visit to Orzo Bruno, Pisa|