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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

a great day out organised by Duna and her attentive team

I thoroughly enjoyed the day seeing new sights and meeting new people. Duna is lovely and gets 5* for her hard work. Thank you

Just try to get your buses closer to the place, too much walking

The guides were wonderful, even a limited language didn’t stay in the way of a great service and friendly disposition of them. The bus was comfortable, cool and safe. It was a bit too much walk for me but everything else was excellent. Thank you Gulliani(sorry if I misspelled his name) and the ladies. Good luck my Friends, hope to see you again

Great Value! You do a lot for the price you pay.

If you are looking for an affordable trip that takes you to great destination points, then this is the trip; at the end of the day, you are ready for bed. There is plenty of time to see all the stops and sample local cuisine or take photos. The food at the vineyard was excellent and the wine, delicious. Note that lunch is very late in the day so be sure to eat a snack at the earlier stops to avoid being hangry. Make note: If you are looking for an exceptional guided experience, this was NOT the trip. Our guide really struggled with English therefore the translation was difficult to understand and follow. We spent a lot of time trying to interpret what she was saying and actually found it easier to follow when she spoke Spanish. For value, it was 10/10! As a guided tour, it was a low 1 or 2/10. Note that the guide may not tell you that there are no toilets on the bus, nor public washrooms along the way. Be sure to pop into restaurants at all the stops to access toilets.

Great contrast between green grass and white stones of this complex.

I was impressed how clean and beautifull this place is.... and the tour was great, the view from above is stunning. The only thing they can improve are the slipery stairs in the tower.

Wonderful Lucca, a joy to spend time there

Could not fault Tuscany bus company - on time, well organised, fabulous guide Danielle, even dropped us off at the Port on our return! Highly recommended!