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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

Fantastic tour guide very knowledgeable with sense if humor.

Alexa was our tour guide and she’s phenomenal. I recommend getting your tickets in advance to prevent standing in long lines.

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT...A MUST ON YOUR VACATION LIST!!!

This is one of the best tours my family and I was on. Duma, our guide was extremely friendly, informative and a wonderful all around person. We loved her company and came back to the States filled with unknown and interesting history. Maritzio, our driver, although not driving with this company anymore, was one of the best and friendly drivers we had. We wish him nothing but the best in a successful future.

Massimo provided a wonderful tour of Pisa and Florence

Massimo provided a wonderful tour of Florence and Pisa. They met our cruise ship, were on time and got us to Pisa before all the cruise ship busses showed up. Next they took us to Florence were we saw all the major locations followed by a pickup and quick return to our cruise ship. I would use them again as well as possibly use them for a land tour in the future.

Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/14/2018

Excellent tour, well organized and súper worthy for the price

Duna, the guide was very good and very nice and the rest of the team, Ana the spanish guide and Francesco the rider too. Its a long day but every place is just beautiful and worthy to visit. You get enough time to visit each place. The lunch was good and the people at the restaurant were very hospitality.

It’s a good way to visit 3 cities in one day!!!

Everything was good except the lunch. The place is beautiful but the food is not OK. I will advise to bring your own lunch.