From Pisa to the sea by bike, along the old "little tramway” track
Discovering the Terre di Pisa on 2 wheels, biking from the city of the Tower to Marina di Pisa
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13 km
Difficulty
Easy

Our cycling route starts in Pisa, on the bike path to Marina di Pisa, exactly from the old tramway Station (in Piazza Sant'Antonio), near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and a few steps from the Central Station.


First leg
Pisa
 

This first section of the Trammino (little tram) cyclepath (about 13 km long) follows the old tram route, crossing the Aurelia and continuing on a cycle lane that runs parallel to Viale D'Annunzio, up to the hamlet of La Vettola.

Before leaving Pisa, we recommend stopping at the Pisan-Romanesque Church of San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno also known as the "Old Cathedral", as it was the main place of worship for Pisans during the construction of the Cathedral in Piazza dei Miracoli. On the other side of the Arno, you will notice the unmistakable profile of the Guelph Tower, with the nearby Medicean Arsenals, location of the Museum of the Ancient Ships which exhibits boats from the Roman era.

Second leg
La Vettola
 

Here, we leave the traffic behind and cycle in the silence and beauty of the countryside for a 9 km stretch where the track is quite wide and allows you to proceed safely, even getting up to higher speeds. Three crossroads can be found: in San Piero a Grado and further on the Bigattiera road connecting San Piero a Grado with Tirrenia.

Third leg
San Piero a Grado
Romanesque Basilica, San Piero a Grado
Romanesque Basilica, San Piero a Grado 


The basilica has no façade but boasts four absides. Next to the Basilica, we find the Research Center “Enrico Avanzi”: 1700 hectares inside the where different cultivation techniques survive (traditional, integrated, organic)

Once in San Piero a Grado, take a rest from the bike in order to visit the wonderful Romanesque Basilica. According to tradition, it stands on the pre-existing remains of an old Christian temple built on the spot where Saint Peter would have landed during his journey to Rome. The basilica has no external facade, but boasts four apses. The interior shows medieval frescoes portraying the first Popes of the Roman Church. Behind, the bell-tower is curiously lower than the church, as it was destroyed by Nazi troops in 1944 and never rebuilt.

Close to the basilica is the “Enrico Avanzi” Research Center: 1700 hectares of land within the San Rossore Regional Park, where different cultivation techniques survive (traditional, integrated and organic), open to visitors with trekking or cycling routes.

 

Fourth leg
Boccadarno e Marina di Pisa
Marina di Pisa
Marina di Pisa 

The cycling track continues until the mouth of the Arno (Bocca d’Arno, as locals used to call it), where the rives flows into the sea after having crossed all of Tuscany. The landscape is characterized by the presence of bilance and retoni, large fishing nets placed on wooden constructions similar to stilts. Here you can find the pretty tourist port with over 300 berths and the Il Pineto adventure park immersed in the pinewoord for moments of leisure and for tree climbing in total safety.

The Trammino cycle path does not stop at the mouth of the Arno but continues for a further 2 km across the pinewood to the old railway station of Marina di Pisa. This seaside resort had its golden age at the beginning of teh 20th century when many Art Nouveau villas were build by important Italian personalities of the age such as the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio or the actress Eleonora Duse.

The beach retreat due to the sea and the river streams have forced the authorities to protect the seafront by using rocks as artificial barriers. On bright days, a cycling ride or a walk along the seafront allows to enjoy a fantastic view of some islands of the Tuscan Archipelago as well as Corsica.