Pisa's worldwide fame is based on the eponymous leaning building – but if hiring a car in Pisa, visitors will soon find that it's a wonderful all-round city with all sorts of reasons to explore. It stands in northern Italy, on a flat plain just five miles from the Tuscan coast. The historic city straddles the River Arno and is right next to the beautiful Migliarino San Rossore National Park with its dunes, lakes and long sandy beaches. Yet Pisa's visitors will often stop briefly to pose for a photo in front of the Leaning Tower – then leave to stay in one of its more celebrated neighbours Bologna, Florence or Siena.