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7 Things to See and Do in Pisa

There are quite a few things to see in Pisa aside from the obvious! The Tuscan city's four historical quarters offer lots to see and do - here are a few suggestions.

Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower

You have to admit - the Leaning Tower of Pisa does look a bit odd in real life, but that's what makes it a fun and perfect spot for a selfie!

Pisa Cathedral

Pisa Cathedral

This is the less well-known but more grand building attached to the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Inside, you'll see Galileo's Lamp, very impressive frescoes, and intricate marble work.

Casciano Baths

Over one thousand years old, this spa's relaxing properties are just as potent today as they were back when it was built. The natural spring water, Acqua Mathelda, is mineral-rich and promotes dilation of the blood vessels.

Tuscan Hills Wine Tasting

Tuscan Hills Wine Tasting

Tuscany's idyllic hills provide the backdrop of a rich wine heritage, just an hour or two outside the city of Pisa.

Keith Haring mural

Keith Haring mural

Pisa offers much more to see beyond its well-known Renaissance art. In the 1980s, legendary New York artist Keith Haring was so enamored with the city that he painted a mural inspired by his admiration. Look out for it- hidden off Piazza Vittorrio Emanuele II.

University Botanical Garden
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University Botanical Garden

Established in 1544, this was the first university botanical garden in Europe. Enjoy its greenery and open air buildings!

Museum of St. Matteo

A relatively well-kept secret, this small museum houses most of the original art from Pisa's historical buildings.

Planning Your Pisa Visit

Leaning towers

If offbeat buildings are you thing, make your next trip the tiny village of Suurhusen, Germany, whose church's steeple beats Pisa's tower by 1.22 degrees.

Festival of lights

The Luminara festival is held every June in Pisa, in case you want to plan your trip around it - the spectacular sight of 10,000 candles along the River Arno shouldn't be missed if you can help it!

Eat for cheap

Unsurprisingly, the area around the Leaning Tower is very busy and therefore the prices are heavily inflated. Wander Pisa's winding streets for an authentic dining experience and more affordable prices!

Beware of fraudsters

Unfortunately, tourists can be targets of crime in Pisa - keep your belongings close to you and be wary if strangers approach you offering help.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Late September to October is the best time to avoid the high heat of the summer and the crowds. If you don't mind the busy season, June has a number of lively street festivals. Keep in mind, in August many locals go on holiday and close their shops, restaurants and hotels.

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What people are saying about Pisa

Brilliant transport option to explore Livorno

Highly recommend seeing the town of Lucca. I would never have considered it but as the bus option came with seeing Pisa I gave it a go and I’m very glad I did. There are a lot of sights to see in the 3hrs you have there - in fact I wish I had more time there. Highlight for me was the Guinigi Tower. A few stairs to climb - around 250 - but the view at the top is just magic. Full 360 degree view of the city. Plus you can shade under the oak trees growing from the top. I felt the Pisa stop was a little rushed, considering you have to shuttle or walk the 10-15min to the tower - but if you’re only there to have the quickest whip around, then it’s fine. The bus ride is very comfortable and easy to get to the pick up location. I travelled on a cruise and our shuttle took us straight to the pick up point, but it would be easy to get to the square if you had accommodation in another spot. The 10.30am start is also quite nice for a sleep in!

Wonderful tour of Square of Miracles and a part of Pisa with Andrea

Andrea enthusiastically told us (3 of us on tour!!!) all about Pisa, it's history and the buildings on the Square of Miracles. She obviously loves Pisa and shares that with all those on her tour. I'm not sure anyone would dare to visit Florence after talking to her.. I definitely became pro-Pisa!! Got some great tips of where to eat and go out in the Pisan evening. Thank you Andrea!!

A great trip, they delivered us to Lucca and then Pisa

Lucca is a fantastic place, I only wish we’d had longer to explore. Pisa is a place you just have to visit once, not sure I’d go again, once you’ve seen the tower and everyone lining up their photos, there isn’t that much left to do. Lucca though is worth at least a full day, we simply loved it

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Excellent way of getting to know Tuscany!!

This is a perfect way to get to know La Toscana! The Chianti wine tasting and lunch was amazing and very enriching, tour guides were very good with historic facts. San Gimignano is a MUST and Siena is full of history. 100% recommended!