Updated: May 22, 2020
Well, what can be said about Pisa?
Most people I've spoken to have told me "Go for the tower but don't hang around, there's nothing else there". So, that's what i did. On my train journey from Florence to Rome, I decided to have a quick stop off at Pisa, to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The tower was nice to see. I got the "must have" photo, trying to hold it up, just like all the other tourists trying to do the same around me. I admired the San Giovanni Baptistery and Cattedrale di Pisa, which were quite beautiful buildings. And in all honesty at first impressions there didn't seem to be much else to see or do in Pisa. After about an hour I made my way back to the station to board my train to Rome.
Now, I am quite happy with what I saw and did in Pisa and with my very short duration there. I had a lot planned for the entire duration of my trip in Italy, that I didn't have the time to spend longer in Pisa. But I'm sure there is a lot more to see and do in Pisa.
When I visit a country, I think seeing tourists spots is a great thing to to. Learning about the culture through architecture, attractions and museums is always a good thing. But the main thing I love about travelling is meeting the locals, learning about the culture through the people. And I think that Pisa, as many other tourists hot spots around the world which people spend little time in, has a lot to be learnt from the locals. I may sound hypercritical here, but I think a lot can be missed in countries and cities by people just seeing a tourist attraction and then moving on.
So, would I say "Go for the tower but don't hang around, there's nothing else there". No. I would say that if you have time, spend a little longer in Pisa, speak with the locals. But if you are very short on time and it's a passing visit on your way to another part of Italy, then sure, stop off to see the tower and continue on your way.