I had to go to Pisa Nord to arrange my telepass, so I thought I would go a bit further and visit Marina di Pisa. We have been to Pisa several times, but not the port by the sea. It was nothing like I expected it to be. At the mouth of the Arno I found some strange little huts sitting in the middle of the river where it meets the sea.
I went on to the more commercial part of the marina area and found a long stretch of built up beach front. It is early in the season and there were very few people about. It is not particularly glamourous like the areas north of Viareggio, but I can see that is could be fun in the summer when people fill the restaurants lining the sea front and little boats fill the marinas.
It is not a sandy beach. There is a rock wall along the road and the beach is stony and difficult to walk on.
I had lunch at this restaurant – L’Arsella. It was crowded with locals. I thought is was OK, but not great. I think I have been spoiled by Il Fortino at Forte dei Marmi, where they serve the best seafood I have eaten along the coast.
The reataurant is opposite a very stark church.
On the way home I passed a very pretty church, which seems to be part of Pisa university. It was sitting in a field of tiny daisies.
The countryside in Tuscany is very diverse. Bagni di Lucca is in the mountains and within an hour or 2 we can be by the sea, skiing at Abetone, wandering the delightful streets of Florence or driving through Chianti. What more could you want?