Tuscany Tourist Traps

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    The "replacement" statue of David
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Tuscany Tourist Traps

  • Shopping in touristic areas

    Pisa Tourist Traps

    There are small markets everywhere that charge anywhere from two to four times what you would pay for staples in a supermarket. Prices can vary widely for anything from bottles of water and especially if you need something like shampoo or shaving cream it's like shopping in an American convenience store with a 200% markup. Ask the hotel where the...

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    Pisa Tourist Traps

    As soon as you arrive in the Campo dei Miracoli you will spot them. Dotted around the Leaning Tower are pairs of people, one with a camera and one a short distance away. The photographer will be calling: “left a little … no, right … back up a bit … hand a bit higher”. Their friend will be shuffling around, trying to follow the instructions while...

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  • "Tourist Menu"

    Whereever you find this sign, it is probably a ripoff with lousy-tasting spaghetti, plastic cutlery, and cheap red wine. My advice: Rather buy some tasty fresh produce like bread, salami, and a bottle of red wine, go hiking until you find a nice spot, and make a picknick.

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  • Grotta del Vento

    After a scary drive from Borgo a Mozzano (see off the must see tips), I finally got to the 'Grotta del vento' or Wind cave. Hmmmm, I think I should call it a tourist trap. It is nothing spectacular, and not worth the long drive over here. Hahaha, or is it maybe because I had seen too many caves up till now??? I seen quite a few in the previous...

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  • Not a good restaurant

    The restaurant Grotta Santa Caterina in Sienna is mentioned a lot on the internet so we went here as well. But we were so sorry we didn't leave before ordering. The staff is very uninterested, talks only with eachother and we had the most arrogant waiter I've ever seen. Furthermore are only big touristgroups coming in. Don't go there! There are...

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  • PISA - Are you sure this view is worth...

    Climbing up the leaning tower is a must for most of the tourists, although I think the view is not great at all, except the small part where you see Piazza dei Miracoli from above. Climbing up the tower might be OK, if you have enough time and saw the Duomo, Camposanto and Battistero as well.Otherwise it is a waste of time and a lot of stress, as...

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  • Souvenirs, Souvenirs...

    Around the tower you will see plenty of souvenir-shops, the closer to the tower, the more expensive......and the more strange and even a bit funny.I wonder what Michelangelo would say, to see the "best part of David" on underpants... ??? For souvenirs and postcards, you may also have a look at many shops in the town of Pisa, while walking TO...

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  • Pisa - one day is too much

    For me, Pisa was a disappointment. Sure, there is the Leaning Tower and Duomo - nice to see them, but that's all. Too many tourists and too small city.During the summer many shops are closed. In Toscana there are many places that are at least as nice as Pisa. I have to recomend Lucca, it's really lovely small town. Rent a bike and take a tour...

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  • San Gimignano

    This town could also go under "don't miss" as it is famous and has some wonderful frescoes and fun towers to climb. But it is loaded with tour buses and tourists! It was the only spot in Tuscany that was overwhelmingly touristy. If you go anyhow, and I'm not advising against it, check out the church and the little museum next to it.

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  • Pisa does not deserve more...

    Pisa does not deserve more than a couple of hours of your time. While I agree that Campo dei Miracoli, the field with the famous Tower and the cathedral, is a must see, the rest of the town looks rather plain and boring. Make it a day trip, nothing more. And yes, buy your tickets for the Tower early enough if you want to get on top of it on the...

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  • The restaurants and pizzerias

    The restaurants and pizzerias around the campo serve exactly the type of overpriced, low-quality food you come to expect from places near Italian tourist attractions. That said, I have enjoyed my pizzas on the campo. Because let's face it, a bad pizza in Italy is still better than Pizza Hut.

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