Fornacette is a mostly modern town that sits between Empoli and Pisa along the Arno River. It was once an important center of brick manufacturing, which gave it the name (piccole fornaci, little furnaces, for the brick kilns). It is near Pontedera and Cascina.
The Torre degli Upezzinghi is an old protective tower built by a noble Pisan family in the Middle Ages. While it may not have tourist-oriented sights, there are shops and eateries in Fornacette, and some nice streets and piazzas to enjoy daily Italian life as the local inhabitants do.
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