July 22, 2012
In route to our third night in Lucca, we made a brief stop in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower and have a quick lunch. Before exiting the bus we were warned of gypsies and pickpockets who have taken up the appearance of fellow tourists, usually young girls traveling in a group of 4 or 5. This seems to be fairly common all over Italy, but primarily in these heavily visited tourist areas. We managed to avoid any theft despite pushing through immense crowds.
There was not much to see in Pisa in the main area around the Leaning Tower. The central square contained the Leaning Tower, Basilica and an indoor cemetery as well as a many vendors and a few side streets with cafes. Outside of this central area held more venders (note 95% of vendors both outside and inside the square sold knockoff products made in China) and a few more restaurants. There is some charm to Pisa if you really get outside the tourist areas and explore it from a locals perspective. I did not have the opportunity or the time to do this while I was there.