Things to do in Pisa

More than just its tower, this Italian city has plenty to offer, from bustling bars to Renaissance piazzas.

Our most recommended things to do in Pisa

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

2. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and taste Chianti wines on a full-day trip from Florence. Visit Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena, and savor a traditional Tuscan lunch.  First, head to Pisa to marvel at the Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Cathedral, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue to a wine villa in the Chianti countryside. Enjoy a tour of the estate and learn about its history in the medieval chapel before your first tasting of Chianti Classico on the panoramic terrace. Next, relish a typical lunch accompanied by two of the estate's products, a "Riserva" and an IGP wine. After lunch, relax a while in the villa's luscious gardens before going to the medieval town of San Gimignano.  Then, follow the scenic roads to Siena for a tour of the city's monuments and piazzas. Visit Piazza del Campo — the site of the Palio di Siena horse race — and admire the cathedral's exterior in Piazza del Duomo. After some free time, return to Florence.

From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

4. From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

Experience the wonders of Tuscany on one memorable day. Leave Florence for a 12-hour excursion and see the beautiful landscapes, architecture, and artworks of the region. Treat yourself to some local cuisine, and opt for a guided tour in your preferred language to learn even more about the historic area. Begin with the visit at Piazza del Campo, where the Palio di Siena horse race is run, and Piazza del Duomo, where you will see the exterior of the magnificent cathedral. After some free time in Siena you'll have lunch in a typical Tuscan winery. Then go ahead to the vineyard, where you can enjoy some local wine and visit San Gimignano, a UNESCO-listed medieval town. Continue to Pisa and to visit its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Admire the Baptistery, the cathedral, and, of course, the famous leaning tower.

From Florence: Pisa Day Tour with Leaning Tower of Pisa

5. From Florence: Pisa Day Tour with Leaning Tower of Pisa

You've seen it in picture books. You've seen it on the walls of your favorite Italian restaurant. But nothing can prepare you for the amazing and beautiful Tower of Pisa. Come and visit this incredible city and learn about more than the architectural blunder that made it famous. Our excursion begins with a walk along the Medieval walls of the city up to the old entrance gate. From here, you'll be treated to a breathtaking view of the Piazza die Miracoli with its bright white marble architecture. Your guide will share historical tales and then accompany you into the interior of the Cathedral. This marvel of Romanesque Art will inspire your senses. When you're done, visit the Monumental Graveyard and admire the Baptistery. After the Cathedral visit, it's finally time. We venture out into the bright Italian sun to marvel at the leaning tower itself. Snap some photos and play with its funny angle by pretending to hold up the tower — be creative. While you're here your guide will also tell you this spot's secrets and history. We'll then skip the line and head up the 294 steps to reach the inner side of the Leaning Tower and enjoy a very unique perspective on the square below.

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Guided Tour

6. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Guided Tour

Experience the best of Tuscany on a day trip from Florence. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Journey into the heart of the Chianti region for wine tasting and lunch. Start your tour in Pisa and marvel at the celebrated Leaning Tower. Explore the grounds and see the stunning Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Continue to a winery in the foothills of San Gimignano and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with wine tasting. After lunch, explore one of the most famous medieval hilltop villages in Italy, San Gimignano. Discover the maze of cobbled streets, picturesque piazzas, and local artisan shops. Next, admire a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside. Continue to Siena, where a specialist guide will lead you on a walk through the city's historical center. Admire the exterior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year.

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

7. Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Embark on a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and enter into the iconic Pisa Cathedral. Go inside the cathedral's baptistery and enjoy the option of climbing the Leaning Tower for unparalleled views of the city. Learn about the tower's history from your local guide. Start your tour by discovering all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which the Cathedral dominates. Follow your tour guide inside the Cathedral and admire its decorations and gaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Also enter the baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo (replaced with the cemetery if inaccessible that day). Focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, which you will have the opportunity to climb (if the option is selected).

Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

8. Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

Start in the morning with a tour of Pisa. Have time to admire the cathedral, the baptistery, the monumental cemetery, and the famous Leaning Tower. Then move on to a typical winery in the Chianti Hills on the slopes of San Gimignano. Enjoy a Tuscan lunch accompanied by a local wine tasting. Following lunch discover one of the most beautiful medieval villages of San Gimignano, or the "Medieval Manhattan, where you can explore the maze of cobbled streets, small squares, and many local craft stores. Continue on with a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside before arriving in Siena, where if desired, your professional guide will take you to see the most important squares, from Piazza del Campo to the cathedral, passing through the most beautiful contrade that characterizes this city. At the end of the guided tour, choose to have some free time to enjoy a cup of coffee or a panforte (a typical local cake), and to go shopping. Your return to Florence will have a gorgeous sunset in the backdrop, making for a perfect ending to an unforgettable day spent in Tuscany.

Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

9. Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

Explore two of Pisa’s key sites, the famous Leaning Tower and the historic Pisa Cathedral, without the wait and at a time that suits you. Skip the lines with a timed entry ticket to the Tower followed by quick access to the Cathedral. Collect your tickets at the Sinopie Museum before climbing the 55 meter high Leaning Tower of Pisa, an icon of European architecture that dates back to the 12th century. You’ll be able to take in the views over the city, the neighboring duomo and the rolling Tuscan hills from the top. Next, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. At nearly 1,000 years old, it is considered one of the finest examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture. Like the tower beside it, the Cathedral is sinking very slowly into the ground and you may be able to spot signs of this as you wander around.

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Tour with Cathedral

10. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Tour with Cathedral

Your day begins early in the morning with a tour of Pisa, where you will admire the stunning Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Take photographs next to the celebrated Leaning Tower. Continue to a winery in the foothills of San Gimignano, where you will enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with wine tasting. After lunch, explore one of the most famous medieval hilltop villages in Italy, San Gimignano. Discover the maze of cobbled streets, picturesque piazzas, and local artisan shops. Next, admire a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside, followed by a stop in Siena. Here, a specialist guide will lead you on a walk through the city's historical center. Skip the ticket line to see the interior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year. You will then return to Florence.

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What people are saying about Pisa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14,315 reviews

This trip was a great experience, the ride there and back was comfortable and relaxing, the driver and tour guide were friendly and extremely helpful, answered all questions I had , highly recommended

Great and informative tour. Nice to learn the unique aspects of the architecture and the romanticized versions of the stories behind these magnificent monuments.

Beautiful place. The tower was incredible but my gosh trying to climb it was an experience. I felt drunk climbing & descending, but what an amazing building

Massimo was an excellent group leader and very attentive! Would recommend 100%, the trip is tiresome but worth it!

Excellent trip helping you cover three different cities in a day.