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Incredible Tuscany: how to fit 5 sports in one trip?

It is best to start your trip to Tuscany from Pisa: tickets are inexpensive, and the city is conveniently located in terms of all further promotions. Believe me, only at first glance it seems that there is nothing to do but pose with the leaning Tower of Pisa in the background. Historians and art critics believe that Pisa is one of the most important Italian cities in terms of art, it still contains many mysteries, only by solving which one can fully imagine how rich and varied its history is.

Cycling

The best way to get to know the city is to rent a bike. This can be done in Smile & Ride - the office is located next to the railway station building. Well, then - complete improvisation. The road to the heart of Pisa - the Square of Miracles (aka the Duomo) - lies across the embankment of the Arno River, dozens of small streets and small squares. Along the way, you can look at Corsa Italia - the main road of the city, on which life dies down only closer to late night. There it is worth looking into the churches of St. Dominic and Santa Maria del Carmine, and then move towards the Mezzo bridge, which offers a beautiful view of the Palazzo Gambacorti - a palace with Gothic facades. Further, the road will lead you to the Garibaldi square, around which the next palaces rise. The square merges into the medieval Borgo Stretto quarter, where you can look into the church of San Michele in Borgo. When you reach the Duomo, try to walk through all the places that are collected there: go to the Pisa Cathedral, where Galileo Galilei once caught the isochronism of the pendulum, look at the Caposanto cemetery, whose walls are covered with unique frescoes, try to catch the echo in the Baptistery and, of course, climb the tower, which offers an incredible view of the entire ensemble.

After such a walk, you should have a hearty and tasty meal. First, you can go for an aperitif at the Mani'omio restaurant, where you can taste one of the delicious aperoles, and then drop by one of the best restaurants in Pisa, La Clessidra, which serves delicious carpaccios and offers to taste Tuscan wines.

Incredible Tuscany: how to fit 5 sports in one trip?

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National Park

The next day you can go for another bike ride , only not in the city, but in the San Rossore national park. Fresh air, greenery, silence and tranquility - this place has everything to relax your soul. In addition, you can also ride horses there: horseback riding is organized in Equitiamo . You don't have to go back to town for lunch: right in the park there is a restaurant Poldino , which serves traditional dishes according to old recipes.

Incredible Tuscany: how to fit 5 sports in one trip?

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Rafting

Outdoor activities are not limited to cycling. In the province of Lucca, you can raft down a mountain river and enjoy views that will be dreamed of for a long time. Huge plThe point is that this does not require special training: an experienced instructor sits in the boat with you, who gives commands and rescues if something happens. Password is Garfagnana Rafting .

Incredible Tuscany: how to fit 5 sports in one trip?

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Climbing

Climbing fans won't get bored here. In order to conquer another height, it is worth going to Kandalla - in the province of Lucca. You don't need to take any equipment with you - you will be given everything on the spot.

Incredible Tuscany: how to fit 5 sports in one trip?

Photo: Soul Running

Surfing

Yes, that's right. You can conquer the waves in Forte dei Marmi - the Sunset Surf School is located on the beach, whose specialists will teach you how to get up on the board correctly. Before entering the sea, they give instructions on the shore and tell you how best to put your feet, get up and what to do if you are flying into the water. All this takes an incredible amount of effort: after an hour and a half of continuous attempts to catch a wave, it seems as if you unloaded the cars all night. So after such activity, the ideal development of events is dinner on the beach. The best octopuses are served at Bagno Bruno !

We believe that it is quite difficult to organize such an eventful trip by yourself, so the Italian company Soul will come to your aid Running , which specializes in organizing active tours both in Italy and in other European countries.

Where to stay

We warn you right away - now we are not talking about a five-star hotel in the center of Pisa. There are much better places, for example the small guest house La Brilla , located in the vastness of Tuscany near Lake Massaciuccoli. Previously, rice was processed here, so a huge machine for cleaning it is still preserved on one of the floors. Now it is a renovated building run by a lovely couple - Enrico and Louise. Home cooking, the opportunity to always ask for advice, a beautiful terrace where you can read or just enjoy the silence and the birdsong - all in all, ideal to relax.

Incredible Tuscany: how to fit 5 sports in one trip?

Photo: Soul Running

Thanks to Soul Running for the opportunity to experience Italy from a different perspective.

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