thx for the input. @mike--most people i talk to who have travelled extensively in italy say don't even waste a single minute of your valuable time in italy on pisa. that's all subjective of course. and to each their own. personally, it's not on my bucket list, but for others in my party it is, so we are trying to make everyone happy whilst still keeping to a schedule.
as to this: " If you walk from the station to the Piazza dei Miracoli you'll see some of Pisa's charm, so you might want to close your eyes."
i find this a little smug and distasteful for a forum such as this where travellers of all kinds come together to get advice and learn from each other. it's snobby and insinuates that a traveller such as myself is unable to appreciate the charm of a destination. consider for a moment that how you travel is not how everyone travels. what you enjoy is not what everyone enjoys. i would rather spend a day hiking the paths of cinqueterre staring at cliffs and ocean rather than buildings. that's JUST ME. and some people have a whole summer to travel, some people have a few days. had i all the time in the world i'm sure you would find me on the piazza dei miracoli chasing butterflies.
i appreciate your input, but consider being pretentious elsewhere.