Beyond the hellish hubbub around the tower, Pisa is an absolute joy to nosy around and hang out in.
Pass a head-spinning array of classical villas, including one that belongs to George and Amal Clooney.
This Michelin-starred chef grew up eating risotto two to three times a week so he knows his stuff. The best one? His mum's, of course.
All of Italy is a top destination for lovers of gourmet holidays, but some of its smaller cities and towns provide particularly restaurant-dense, mouth-watering food scenes and rich cuisines.
It's like some enchanted land that, as with the castle and countryside that surrounded Sleeping Beauty, is slowly waking up after slumbering for a thousand years.
From the citrus groves of Tuscany to the spectacular Po Valley, here are six of the best places to indulge in all things Italian.
If you're looking for a not-so-large resort with a great pool and all the trimmings this is a good bet.
Milan is central and good for side trips but you could stay somewhere smaller with more of a village atmosphere.
On every person's bucket list, Italy is a star-studded destination. From the Dolomites in the north, to its volcano dominated south, historic Rome in the centre, the coastal splendour of the Cinque Terra or Tuscany's arts capital of Florence - it could take a lot of time to tick all the sights off in one trip, especially since eating could take a large chunk of time out of your visit.