Sometimes it pays to step off the well-beaten-path to experience some of Pisa’s less-frequented attractions.  

As a change from the standard guided tours of the Leaning Tower and other major attractions Pisa has to offer, set out on your own on a full-day walking audio tour.  Guided by a taped cassette, you are provided with a map that shows every conceivable attraction, restaurants, ATMS and even restrooms along the way.  Some of the attractions included on this self-guided tour are the Leaning Tower (of course) and the Field of Miracles .

Some of the less-visited attractions include one of Pisa’s oldest churches, San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno .  Founded in 805, this Romanesque-style church is located in the middle of a magnificent garden by the river Arno; a quiet and beautiful place to spend some time. Annexed to the church is the unusual, 12th-century Chapel of Saint Agatha , an octagonal-shaped brick structure with a unique pyramid-shape on the its peak.

How about a visit to the 13th-century Monumental Graveyard ? It really isn't what it sounds like! It is a magnificent rectangular structure that features some amazing works of art including roman sarcophagi, sculptures and frescoes.

Cultural buffs shouldn’t miss a visit to the Sinopias Museum with its magnificent collection of fresco sketches (or sinopias).  World-renowned artists such as Bufalmacco, Gozzoli, Traini and Taddeo Gaddi are all represented here.

Outdoor enthusiasts can easily spend a day or two at the Parco Regionale di Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli , a nature reserve that stretches more than 24,000 hectares between Viareggio and Livorno.  Beautiful Massaciuccoli Lake is rich with wildlife and plants, along with the former home of Giacomo Puccini, which today serves as a museum.  Also in the park area are the remains of Roman villas and spas.  In the heart of the park is the San Rossore Estate, paradise for birdwatching and wildlife enthusiasts.