Vecchiano Vacations

25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northwest of Pisa, is Vecchiano, the perfect place to discover more about this fabulous region. If you are coming from the Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa, Vecchiano is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) to the southeast.

Many of Pisa’s attractions are close to Vecchiano, so it is a convenient place to base yourself. Two of the most interesting places to see are the fabulous Ripafratta Castle and the incredible Camposanto. Two other recommended attractions that are close by Vecchiano are Pisa Baptistry and the Piazza del Duomo.

Vecchiano offers some interesting museums and theaters within easy reach that allow visitors to really get a feel for the area. There are plenty of excellent destinations to take the family for a morning including Villa Puccini in Viareggio, the Museo delle Sinopie and the Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo.

There are a number of picturesque outdoor attractions here as well so don’t miss the chance to get outdoors. Keen gardeners enjoy destinations such as the Orto Botanico di Pisa. There is a charming atmosphere here as well as beautifully designed garden beds and trees. See if you can spot the area’s wildlife with a visit to a lake in the area such as Massaciuccoli Lake in Viareggio.

Sights such as Leaning Tower, Santa Caterina and the Piazza dei Miracoli are well worth visiting during your time in the Vecchiano area,. To learn more about the local historic attractions, don't miss Medici Palace, the Santa Maria della Spina and the Torre dei Gualandi. To learn about the role of faith in Pisa, spend a little time at the area’s holy places, such as the St. Francis Church, the Church of San Nicola and the San Zeno Church.

If you have a passion for sports, you'll love seeing local favorites, the A.C. Pisa 1909, doing battle at Arena Garibaldi. On game days follow the river of navy, black and red, to the stadium, then after the full-time hooter blows, join local soccer lovers in the nearby pubs and relive the action over a friendly drink or two.

After exploring the delights of Vecchiano, stay the night at one of the area’s hotels or serviced apartments. The Grand Hotel Bonanno, the Royal Victoria Hotel and the NH Cavalieri are just three of the best places to stay while you are enjoying this special area.


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