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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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: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

2. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

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.

Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

3. Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

Discover the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvellous square which is dominated by the Cathedral. Enter the Cathedral and see the Pisa Romanesque architecture. Admire the celebrated Leaning Tower, the round-shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades and its Camposanto, originally a cemetery, an extraordinary quadrangular cloister. Your guide will focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world.  After your 1-hour guided tour of the Square, you'll have the opportunity to climb the Leaning Tower. 

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

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

Discover all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which is dominated by the Cathedral. Your tour guide will take you inside the Cathedral that dominates the square: you'll admire its decorations and glaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Your tour guide will also take you inside the Baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo. Eventually, your guide will focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, that you'll have the opportunity to climb (if option with ticket selected).

Pisa: 3-Hour Guided Tour of Pisa's Famous Buildings

5. Pisa: 3-Hour Guided Tour of Pisa's Famous Buildings

Marvel at Pisa's most famous monuments on a guided walking tour. Skip the queues and learn the history behind the four great religious buildings: Pisa Cathedral, Pisa Baptistry, the famous Leaning Tower, and the Camposanto Monument. Start your tour in the Square of Miracles and marvel at one of the finest architectural centers in the world. Step into the cathedral and admire the magnificent marble mosaics and pointed arches towering above you, while your guide highlights the Tuscan artistry and strong Byzantine influence. Explore the largest baptistery ever built in Italy with its enigmatic style. Hear its acoustics led by the duty officer every 30 minutes, making the baptistery a monumental musical instrument. Then, visit the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa and hear the fascinating story behind the famous name. Climb up 251 steps and explore this medieval bell tower.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

6. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

Depart from Rome and head out into the rolling Tuscan countryside on your full-day sightseeing adventure. During the journey, learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. Arrive in Florence, a stunning city bursting with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Don’t forget to stop at a local café to sample some delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts. Upgrade your experience and receive tickets to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David. Hop back onboard the bus and continue the tour to Pisa. Upon arrival, visit the UNESCO listed Piazza dei Miracoli where the Pisan Romanesque style cathedral is located. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and stop to take some photos for your vacation album. Spend some more free time exploring the city before hopping back on the bus where you can soak up stunning countryside views on the return to Rome.

From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

7. From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from La Spezia Port. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you'll be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Then, enjoy approximately 3.5 hours to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you'll leave Florence and travel to Pisa where you'll have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. Then, the bus leaves Pisa to come back to La Spezia. With this transfer service, focus on enjoying these two beautiful cities instead of worrying about transportation.

Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

8. Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

After meeting with your tour leader, you will begin your trip to Florence in a fully equipped and comfortable bus. En-route, you can prepare to enjoy a day surrounded by art and beautiful Renaissance landscapes. Allow yourself fall in love with one of the most beautiful and artistic cities in the world, Florence. You can stroll through its alleys full of history, and enjoy its charming monuments. Next, discover the most beautiful squares such as Piazza Repubblica. You can take a tour through the streets where the father of the Italian language, Dante Alighieri, used to walk, discover Piazza della Signoria, and take pictures of the emblematic Ponte Vecchio, without a doubt one of the most precious symbols of the city. If you are an art lover, you can optionally visit the Accademia Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world. There you can admire David, one of the majestic works of art by Michelangelo. If you prefer, you can visit the complex of the Duomo of Florence, an impressive Renaissance construction that will surely take your breath away. After your magical trip to Florence, you will go to Pisa. There, you can explore Piazza dei Miracoli (which you will access through the Santa Maria gate), one of the entrances of the old wall that used to surround the city. Be amazed by the impressive marble monuments and the green grass where you can lie down to admire the famous Leaning Tower, which you can climb if you wish! If time permits, you can go to the beautiful cathedral of Pisa, located next to the Leaning Tower, where you can admire beautiful works of art.

From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

9. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you will leave Florence and travel to Pisa for 3:30 PM, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. At 4:45 PM the bus leaves Pisa to arrive back at Livorno at 5:15 PM. With this transfer service, focus on enjoying these two beautiful cities instead of worrying about transportation.

Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, & Pisa with Lunch

10. Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, & Pisa with Lunch

Get lost in the beauty of Tuscany with this tour from Florence to Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, and Pisa. Have some free time to explore San Gimignano, Siena, and Pisa at your own pace.  Meet an assistant that will help you board the comfortable coach. Relax and enjoy the countryside on the drive, or make use of the free onboard Wi-Fi. Drive through Chianti vineyards on the way to Siena. Wander through the pedestrian-friendly heart of this historic hilltop town. Stroll through the medieval brick buildings of Siena with free time to see its central square Piazza del Campo, its Gothic town hall, or its 14th-century Torre del Mangia tower. Continue through the countryside and stop at a wine estate surrounded by lush rolling hills.  Sit down for a traditional Tuscan lunch which is served with a selection of delectable regional wines. Depart for the medieval UNESCO World Heritage town of San Gimignano. Walk through its cobblestone streets and small squares to uncover charming craftsmen’s shops. Pass by hilltop hamlets and churches on the way to Pisa. Admire the Field of Miracles, a green grass area dominated by the dazzling white buildings of the Cathedral. Snap an iconic picture at the Leaning Tower. View an exquisite example of Pisan Romanesque architecture at the Baptistery. return to your meeting point in Florence.

Frequently asked questions about Pisa

What top attractions are a must-see in Pisa?

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 9,493 reviews

Great day with free lunch at the middle of Tuscany farm with excelent appetizer and quality of food. Great italian product and a good tourist guide. This is our 4rrh time for get your guide and its always worth. But not good for elderly person because of time. The trip was confortable and with nice abd goid driver. 12 hrs exsact. We arrive earlier but its fine. The meeting place was perfect for us, because we need to catch up the train after wards. Am sure that we will do it again on get tour guide. Thanks!

First of all Camilla, was the best. She did a wonderful job explaining each location we visited. The view from the winery/farm was breathtaking. The wines we tasted were excellent and the food was delicious. It was all very well organized . Fellow tourist all followed timing guidelines so that made for a better tour. In my opinion Pisa could have been left off this trip for another winery visit.

Great activity that allows you to get to know 4 places in the same day. San Gimigniano is magical and the wine tasting is a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.

On time ,very knowledgeable tour guide. Very brief but thorough.

Constantino is very good and interested in everybody