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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

This tour was such a great time! Alicia was an excellent guide!! ❤️

I truly enjoyed this tour with Alicia as our guide and Pammela helping us out in the main office. Our ship was very late to port and they were more than accommodating to our group. They went above and beyond helping us see all our chosen sites and they facilitated Accademia tickets which was a dream come true! Thank you so much Alicia!! You made this trip so memorable. And thank you to Pammela who helped us so much from the office.

First time in Italy and was happy to see the Tower of Pisa

Our guide was terrific. Sorry I can't remember her name. She was knowledgeable, a great personality but I also want to add unfortunately there are pick pocketsin the area and she noticed right away these two guys and told people in our group to move away and told the police. Later on we were told they were arrested.

Pisa Half-Day Tour from Florence Reviewed by Linda, 07/11/2019

Very convenient way to see Florence and Pisa from the cruise ship

Very comfortable. Would have liked more time in each destination. Wish the guide could have stayed on the bus the entire trip rather than having to get off and go to bus behind us. Would suggest that the bus drop us off in front of entrance to Pisa gate and then go park the car in bus parking lot.

Drive was good and main guide great! Actual guide not so much...

The main guide on the bus was excellent! The actual local Pisa guide was nice, but not very passionate and did not use the headsets provided. Not only was his English had to understand, it was very difficult to hear.

A well organized and informative tour, cathedral tour could be slower.

Excellent and well organized tour. Need to give 15-20 minutes more for the Pisa tower. Cathedral tour needs to be slower. Stop over at a cafe on way back for quick snacks / coffee would be welcome.