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

4.6 / 5

based on 9,252 reviews

I will start off by saying that this store has an error on the title, the wine in chianti is not included and we did not find out until the end which was misleading and disappointing HOWEVER this was not the fault of the tour guides but the website. The tour guide we had was awesome, The day he had planned for us went very well. Use really nice and explain things as we moved a long. One of the things that I appreciated was that he give us our own time to check out the areas, I've been another tours with a talk too much and they don't give you as much free time which can get annoying however with this to her in each area they give us plenty of time to do our own thing. I would highly recommend this tour for someone who is trying to squeeze these three towns in a day. We were thinking about doing this our selves however it would not have been possible in a lot of time it been wasted trying to figure things out.

Absolutely amazing experience. We had Alessandro as a guide and he was so much fun, knowledgeable, and just a wonderful person all around. The tour was very well organized with plenty of time at each stop. Lunch at a local farm was very delicious. Emiliano was our driver and he did a superb job navigating winding roads.Highly recommend this tour and company!

The tour was brilliant. The highlight of our trip to be honest. Olivia was fantastic. Sienna was beautiful, the farm was amazing, with delicious wine, food and views. Of course Pisa was gorgeous too and the leaning tower topped off a great day.

Very well organized tour which gives you an opportunity to explore Tuscany. Olivia was an amazing guide who gave who made sure the tour is running smoothly. We enjoyed the tour and would definitely recommend to everyone.

Booked this very last minute. But couldn’t happier we did. Had a great tour guide in Lavi, great energy and very knowledgeable! Honestly a great day out to see that part of Italy