Anyone who wants to truly get to the heart of Pisan life should take a walk through Piazza delle Vettovaglie in the thick of the historic center, where a colorful and lively fruit and vegetable market takes place every day. This is also the perfect place to sample Pisan specialties, such as torta coi bischeri, also known as pilgrims’ cake, made with rice, chocolate, raisins and candies; risotto made with white truffle from San Miniato; or the Pisan mucco, a type of beef bred exclusively in and around Pisa, cooked in sauce and seasoned with black pepper.
Don’t forget to visit the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, a true gem of Gothic-era Pisa, built in 1230 along the banks of the Arno. It is a small oratory that’s beautiful both inside and out. Andrea and Nino Pisano’s famous Madonna della Rosa is also housed here.