Things to do in

Pisa

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

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  • 3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. University Botanical Garden

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

  • 7. Museum of St. Matteo

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

Frequently asked questions about Pisa

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,716 reviews

It was such an amazing time, Claudia was very good with keeping in line with the the schedule and providing us with enough time at every stop to explore on our own. This is a must for all of those who are not familiar with the country at all and are looking for a deep dive into the culture. I cannot say much more than to book the tour, you’ll be in good hands. Especially with Roberto the driver behind the wheel. I slept most of the time I was in the bus, usually I don’t feel safe with drivers, but his skills really put me at ease after the first leg of the tour. Enjoy and don’t forget to give them five stars!!! Thank you both and thank you Italy!!

It is a long day but so worth everything you get to see. The venue at the lunch is beautiful. Our guide Livinia was so informative and enthusiastic. I met some very nice people on the tour. Overall just a great experience!

Excellent itinerary. Well managed. Really great guides on the bus and the tour in Siena itself. Great location for lunch

The full day tour (Sara) and drive (Roberto) were very informative and enjoyable. An unforgettable experience.

Great trip, well organized! Our tour guide Elisa was very knowledgeable, friendly and considerate!