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Pisa

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

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Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

1. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

2. From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

Experience the wonders of Tuscany on one memorable day. Leave Florence for a 12-hour excursion and see the beautiful landscapes, architecture, and artworks of the region. Treat yourself to some local cuisine, and choose a guided tour in your language to learn even more about the historic area. Reach easily our meeting point by taking the T1.3 tram heading to Villa Costanza. Begin with Pisa and visit its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Admire the Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. After your free time in Pisa, head to a typical Tuscan winery in the Chianti Area and enjoy a delicious lunch with some local wine. Explore the city of Siena and visit to Piazza del Campo, where the Palio di Siena horse race is run, and Piazza del Duomo, where you will see the exterior of the magnificent cathedral. Enjoy your last stop in San Gimignano, a UNESCO medieval town, world-known for its Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The system of towers of San Gimignano tells the glories of the powerful families. Between saffron fields and typical indigenous vineyards, the city knows how to offer postcard views.

Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

3. Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

Start in the morning with a tour of Pisa. Have time to admire the cathedral, the baptistery, the monumental cemetery, and the famous Leaning Tower. Add Leaning Tower tickets to your experience. Then move on to a typical winery in the Chianti Hills on the slopes of San Gimignano. Enjoy a Tuscan lunch accompanied by a local wine tasting. Following lunch discover one of the most beautiful medieval villages of San Gimignano, or the "Medieval Manhattan, where you can explore the maze of cobbled streets, small squares, and many local craft stores. Continue on with a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside before arriving in Siena, where if desired, your professional guide will take you to see the most important squares, from Piazza del Campo to the cathedral, passing through the most beautiful contrade that characterizes this city. At the end of the guided tour, choose to have some free time to enjoy a cup of coffee or a panforte (a typical local cake), and to go shopping. Your return to Florence will have a gorgeous sunset in the backdrop, making for a perfect ending to an unforgettable day spent in Tuscany.

Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

4. Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

Explore two of Pisa’s key sites, the famous Leaning Tower and the historic Pisa Cathedral, without the wait and at a time that suits you. Skip the lines with a timed entry ticket to the Tower followed by quick access to the Cathedral. Collect your tickets at the Sinopie Museum before climbing the 55 meter high Leaning Tower of Pisa, an icon of European architecture that dates back to the 12th century. You’ll be able to take in the views over the city, the neighboring duomo and the rolling Tuscan hills from the top. Next, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. At nearly 1,000 years old, it is considered one of the finest examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture. Like the tower beside it, the Cathedral is sinking very slowly into the ground and you may be able to spot signs of this as you wander around.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Lunch at Chianti winery

5. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Lunch at Chianti winery

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Tuscany: Day Trip to Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti

6. Tuscany: Day Trip to Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti

Spend the day discovering many of the main highlights of the Tuscan countryside on this guided tour with a traditional Italian lunch included. Make your way through the rolling hills as you discover the charm of Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena. Your first stop will be Pisa and the Square of Miracles. See the cathedral, baptistery, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. The Leaning Tower is almost 56 meters tall, about 183 feet, and leans at about 4 degrees, making it one of the most famous and iconic buildings in the world.  From Pisa, drive past hilltop hamlets scattered across some of the most beautiful and enchanting areas of the countryside. Arrive at San Gimignano where a traditional Tuscan lunch with wine tasting will be served, if the option is selected. Continue to the preserved medieval village of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site often nicknamed the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” because of its famous tall, narrow towers. Explore the town center and the charming craftsmen shops along the cobbled stone streets and small squares. End the tour in Siena, a hilltop town rich in art and traditions. Stroll the pedestrian historical center and visit the beautiful local cathedral. Take a guided walking tour along the small medieval streets and squares, passing the oldest bank in the world, and the Piazza del Campo.

Pisa: Square of Miracles Monuments Ticket with Leaning Tower

7. Pisa: Square of Miracles Monuments Ticket with Leaning Tower

Discover the marvelous Piazza dei Miracoli with this combo ticket. By booking this experience, you can visit all the open monuments and museums in the square, including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa! Make sure you have the easiest and fastest way to visit the Baptistery, the Camposanto, the Cathedral, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the Sinopie Museum and climb the Leaning Tower without queuing up at the ticket office. The visit to all the monuments is subject to a fee, except for the visit to the Cathedral which in any case requires the reservation of the entry time slot. If you buy this experience, you will receive the ticket with scheduled entrance to climb the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and to visit the Baptistery, the Camposanto, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the Museo delle Sinopie and even the Cathedral with quick and untimed access. . Apart from the Tower, you can then visit the other attractions at the time you prefer, during opening hours (Baptistery, Camposanto, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Museo delle Sinopie from 9 to 20; Cathedral from 10 to 20). Instructions: 1) Choose the date of your interest and select the number of tickets you want to book; 2) on the day of the visit, go to the Audio Guide Desk and collect your entrance tickets 3) after collecting the tickets you can go up to the Leaning Tower at the reserved entrance time (make sure you arrive 15 minutes before the time slot you booked) and after the Tower, visit the other monuments and museums during opening hours *, showing your ticket to the staff at the entrance of each attraction.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Day Trip

8. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Day Trip

Explore Pisa & Florence, two of Tuscany's most important cities, on this day trip from Rome. Take a comfortable bus ride and listen to the guided tour that your guide will give you on the bus. You will be traveling along the Tuscan countryside while you learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. The first destination is Pisa, and in Piazza Dei Miracoli, you will admire the Romanesque-style Cathedral of the city. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, you must stop to take the famous photo of you holding the tower! Then you will be able to enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. Next, hop back on board the bus and continue to Florence, a perfect Renaissance city where you will enjoy a panoramic city tour provided by your guide, visiting the important landmarks, like Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more. Afterward, you will have some time to go on your own through the city, you can add an audio guide to make the most of your experience. You must try the delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts before hopping back on the bus.

Pisa: Half-Day Afternoon Tour from Florence

9. Pisa: Half-Day Afternoon Tour from Florence

Your experience starts through the enchanting landscapes of Tuscany, leading you to the timeless city of Pisa, renowned for its architectural marvels. As you step into the historic heart of Pisa, our knowledgeable guide will unveil the secrets of Piazza dei Miracoli, a Unesco World Heritage Site, where you'll be spellbound by the "Miracles" that once earned this place its name. The centerpieces of this magnificent square are the awe-inspiring Cathedral, a masterpiece of Pisan Romanesque architecture and the iconic Leaning Tower, a global wonder that stands as a testament to both history and architectural prowess. Following the exploration, enjoy some leisure time for unforgettable photos or wander through the historic quarter. Discover hidden gems like the ancient Church of San Sisto and Piazza dei Cavalieri, home to the prestigious Scuola Normale, one of the world's renowned universities. (*) In case of long queue, if you cannot visit the interior of the Cathedral, you will be offered a guided visit of Piazza dei Cavalieri.

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

10. Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Embark on a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and enter into the iconic Pisa Cathedral. Go inside the cathedral's baptistery and enjoy the option of climbing the Leaning Tower for unparalleled views of the city. Learn about the tower's history from your local guide. Start your tour by discovering all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which the Cathedral dominates. Follow your tour guide inside the Cathedral and admire its decorations and gaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Also enter the baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo (replaced with the cemetery if inaccessible that day). Focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, which you will have the opportunity to climb (if the option is selected). With this tour, you will also have included the tickets for the monumental cemetery, the Sinopie Museum and the OPA Museum located in the Square of Miracles and that you can use to visit these monuments in your own

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 15,004 reviews

We booked this tour and basically did the transportation only option. We checked in easily, boarded the bus, the guide gave us general information about Pisa, he nicely answered my logistical questions. We arrived and had to walk about 15 minutes to the square. Then we broke off from the group and had just under 3 hours to wander. We purchased tickets to see the cathedral and baptistery, and then took all our photos. We had about 40 minutes to shop the little tourist market and grab a gelato, and then we met back with the group and guide, and walked back to the parking lot. We drove about 1h20 back to the train station. Overall it was a very easy way to see Pisa. I would have done the guided tour but since my teen wasn’t into it, we did our own thing and it was a fun day (8am to 2pm).

Gabriella was so great. He was warm, approachable and very helpful. Gabriella had a great attitude and made our time spent in Pisa run smoothly. Luigi was a great driver and I appreciated him getting me and my babies to and from Pisa safely. Thank you to both men for making our time in Pisa an excellent experience that will always be remembered 🧡

Alissandri was awesome! thanks for the great tour, highly recommended for new visitors wanting to tour Tuscany. loved the experience and I will definitely use their tours for other Italy adventures. thank you Michel, Alissandri, and Jay for the wonderful hospitality and guidance. Go for this!

Great trip, well organised, and our guide was very knowledgeable, giving just enough bite-sized fun facts for us to get to know the cities with context. Not too rushed. We could have had a little more time at the first stop, but I understand they were necessary for the long car journeys.

It was a nice and relax tour, our driver Alejandro was very accommodating and pleasant!!!