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19 BEST Things to do in Pisa, Italy 2024 // Map & 1-DAY Pisa Itinerary

From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to Roman ruins, unique-style pizza to ancient city walls, here are the best things to do in Pisa

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Pisa is a popular day trip from Florence and tops the bucket list of many travelers with its iconic leaning tower. But many don’t know that this charming Tuscan town on the tranquil banks of the Arno river has so much more to offer than just a tower that made history with its iconic tilt. 

Once a thriving maritime power hub, Pisa is a treasure trove of history, fascinating sights, and quaint corners of Italian daily life. Its diverse attractions perfectly blend past and present, culture and relaxation. So, while the leaning tower may be the town’s most famous landmark, it’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of attractions in Pisa.

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Things to do in Pisa Italy - Walk along Lungarni di PisaTaking a Pisa day trip from Florence and other Italian cities is a breeze. The easiest option is to hop on a train and take in the views along the way. Pisa has two train stations to choose from. The main one, Pisa Centrale, is where most trains arrive and it’s a 20-minute leisurely walk to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can grab a taxi or hop on the Red LAM bus stopping at “Torre” for a faster option. The other station, Pisa San Rossore, is a 5-minute walk to Piazza dei Miracoli (Piazza del Duomo), but remember that not all trains stop here. To ensure you don’t miss it, check the Trenitalia website carefully. There are a few direct connections from Florence to Pisa San Rossore in the morning and afternoon that might just do the trick.

If you land at Pisa Airport, hop onto the PisaMover shuttle (€5 one way) for a quick and comfortable ride to Pisa Centrale. From there, catch the ROSSA bus, which will take you straight to Campo dei Miracoli where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located. 

If you’re only stopping in Pisa for a short time and planning to continue your journey to Florence, you can easily leave your luggage at the train station baggage deposit. This way, you won’t have to worry about dragging it around the city, and you can pick it up on your way back.  

While it may be tempting to rent a car to get around, navigating the city’s narrow streets can be pretty challenging, especially since the city center is a limited traffic zone. You wouldn’t want to risk a hefty fine, would you? However, if you do have a rental car, your best bet is to look for a free or paid parking spot outside the city center and then hop on public transportation to reach the main attractions in Pisa.

If the thought of wandering around on your own seems overwhelming, you can treat yourself to a half-day guided tour of Pisa from Florence or opt for a broader excursion that includes other Tuscan highlights, such as this guided day trip from Florence.   

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza Martiri della Libertà

Piazza Martiri della Libertà

Tips for visiting Pisa

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Medieval towerThe best time to visit Pisa is during the spring (April-May) and early autumn (September-October) when the weather is mild, and the number of tourists is lower. The winter season can be chilly and rainy, whereas the summer peak is not only crowded but also uncomfortably hot. 

June, however, is still a great month, especially if you’re interested in local festivals. It’s the month that celebrates the city’s patron saint San Ranieri when Pisa truly comes alive with some fantastic celebrations. The Luminary on June 16th is particularly noteworthy, as the buildings lining the river banks are adorned with countless wax candles, creating a stunning spectacle at night, complete with fireworks. Other notable festivals include the Historical Regatta of San Ranieri on June 17th and the Battle of the Bridge on the last Saturday of the month, during which the city’s districts challenge each other on the Ponte di Mezzo bridge.

Pisa is a small city that’s easily explored on foot. While the Campo dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower are must-see attractions, be sure to venture into the historic center and explore as much of the city as possible. You’ll be surprised at how much Pisa has to offer. 

To avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit the Leaning Tower and its neighboring attractions early in the morning or much later in the afternoon. This way, you can avoid the peak times of large tour groups and have a more enjoyable experience.

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1. Campo dei Miracoli – Home to the leaning Tower of Pisa

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Piazza del Duomo -Of all the things to do in Pisa, visiting Campo dei Miracoli clearly tops the list with its beautiful treasures. This magnificent piazza is a true gem of Pisa and one of Italy’s most stunning squares. As the great poet Gabriele D’Annunzio once described it, “it’s a true miracle” (hence the Square of Miracles). 

Campo dei Mircoli is a true artistic and architectural masterpiece that’s been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, cementing its place as a wonder of the world. While its location outside of city center may seem odd for what’s considered to be the heart of Pisa, it’s important to note that the city was once a major maritime power (rivalling the likes of Venice) so by placing its religious center outside the protective walls, it showed it feared no threat. Or, perhaps the sheer grandeur of the monuments simply required more space than the walls could contain!  

The piazza covers an impressive 22 acres, and its magnificent buildings, constructed between the 11th and 14th centuries, are intricately linked, showcasing a continuous dialogue between heaven and earth. Notably, the piazza’s three most prominent structures – the Baptistery, the Cathedral, and the Campo Santo – embody distinct stages of life: birth, life, and death, respectively.

Tickets to the sites on Campo dei Miracoli can be purchased online up to 20 days in advance. There are tickets for single sites or 10€ combo tickets that grant access to all monuments and museums in the square, except for the Tower. If you want Leaning Tower of Pisa tickets, you’ll need to purchase the combo ticket which costs 27€. 

With so much to see in the square, exploring on your own can be overwhelming. To save time and make sure you don’t miss anything important, consider taking a guided visit like this comprehensive tour of Miracle Square, which includes skip-the-line entry to the Leaning Tower.

2. Pisa Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Piazza del Duomo - Inside Pisa CathedralThe first building to appear in Piazza dei Miracoli was the Cathedral, which symbolizes the city’s civil and religious power. Established in 1064, it was erected to celebrate the Pisan victory against the Muslims in Palermo the previous year. The city aimed to construct a stunning cathedral that would rival the major religious constructions of the time. And they certainly succeeded, creating a magnificent masterpiece that perfectly embodied the peak of the Pisan Maritime Republic’s power.

As you approach the Cathedral, you can’t help but be captivated by its grandeur. The facade has massive bronze portals, polychrome marble, and impressive decorative features. But the true beauty lies within the five-nave interiors, where you will find granite columns from Elba island (Tuscany’s biggest island and Italy’s third-largest,), a wooden ceiling with gilded coffers, and exquisite artworks, including a mosaic piece by Cimabue. 

The Cathedral also serves as the final resting place of San Ranieri, the city’s patron saint. On June 16th, the city dedicates a beautiful festival to him, while on June 17th, a historic Regatta takes place on the Arno river, commemorating the saint’s life and legacy.

How to visit: Entrance to the Cathedral is complimentary if you purchase any ticket to other monuments, and there are no specific time restrictions. However, if you wish to only visit the Cathedral, there are a limited number of free passes available but they can only be obtained from the ticket offices right behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Marble engravings on Pisa CathedralThings to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Pisa Cathedral Altar

3. The Baptistery of San Giovanni

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Baptistery of San Giovanni - Head up to the top floor matroneum Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Piazza del Duomo - Baptistery - Side entranceRight across from the Cathedral, the Baptistery of San Giovanni is a magnificent round-shaped structure that marvels with its sheer size and grandeur. With a circumference measuring over 100 meters and a towering height of 55 meters, it holds the title of Italy’s largest baptistery! 

The Baptistry was constructed in the 12th century as an addition to the city’s impressive cathedral and some of the greatest artists of all time had worked on it. Among them are Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, a father and son duo whose names are etched in the annals of art history as the revolutionary sculptors who paved the way for the Renaissance in sculpture.  

This stunning building boasts a double dome that creates unparalleled acoustics. Be sure to keep an ear out for the melodies sung by the guardians every half hour, perfectly accentuating the sound quality of the building. And if that’s not enough to leave you awe-struck, don’t forget to take in the incredible views of the Cathedral facade from the second-floor window. 

How to visit: Tickets cost 7€ and are valid for one year from the chosen date of purchase. Free admission is available for disabled visitors accompanied by their carer and those under 11 who are accompanied by an adult. Note that certain areas may be closed due to restoration work on the matroneum. In addition, opening hours may vary on Sundays and religious holidays.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Michele standing outside Baptistery

4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Leaning Tower of Pisa early morning

The Leaning Tower is undoubtedly the star attraction of Pisa. Completely made of gleaming white marble, this magnificent structure is an authentic Italian icon. But don’t just breeze through and snap the obligatory cheesy photos holding it up – take the time to learn about its fascinating history and appreciate the ingenuity behind this architectural wonder.

While the architect’s name may remain unknown, one thing is certain – this tower was meant to be a vertical bell tower like any other. However, its distinctive tilt makes it stand out from the rest. The cause of this tilt can be attributed to the weak and shifting soil beneath it. Even during its construction, this bell tower began to show signs of structural failure, causing it to worsen over time.

In 1990, the Leaning Tower was closed to the public to stabilize it. After much effort, it finally reopened to the public in 2001 and today you can climb up the tower’s spiral staircase and enjoy breathtaking views of Pisa and its surroundings.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Inside the shaft of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Inside the shaft of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Legend has it that Galileo Galilei, the renowned Pisan scientist, conducted his experiments on gravity from the top of the tower to test the relationship between mass and speed. While there’s no concrete evidence to support this tale, it’s still thrilling to imagine one of the world’s most brilliant minds tinkering with physics from up there!

How to visit: The visit typically lasts 30 minutes. Tickets cost 20€ and are only valid for the specified date and time of purchase. It’s best to book them well in advance (up to 20 days out) due to high demand. For safety reasons, children under 8 cannot enter, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Additionally, all handbags, backpacks, and luggage must be left in the cloakroom before the visit. Admission is free for disabled visitors accompanied by their adult carer.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - View of Piazza dei Miracoli from the Leaning Tower of Pisa viewing platform

5. Camposanto

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Piazza del Duomo - Camposanto Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Miracoli - Camposanto archesFounded in 1277, the Camposanto was built to provide a final resting place for the scattered graves scattered around the nearby Cathedral. Famous individuals buried here include the mathematician Fibonacci – yes, that Fibonacci who created the famous sequence featured in “The Da Vinci Code”! 

But Pisa’s Camposanto is not just a simple burial ground. Its corridors are the repository of great works of art, including sculptures, Roman sarcophagi, and beautiful frescoes depicting the themes of Life and Death created by the talented Florentine artists Buonamico Buffalmacco and Francesco Traini.

Legend has it that the Camposanto was built on sacred soil brought all the way from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Whether or not this is true, there’s no denying the sense of history and reverence surrounding this unique site.   

How to visit: Tickets cost 7€, with free entrance on the 1 and 2 November on the occasion of All Souls and Saints’ days. Free admission is available only for disabled visitors with their carer and for visitors under 11 accompanied by an adult. 

6. The Sinopie Museum 

The Sinopie Museum is a hidden treasure not to be missed when visiting the Campo dei Miracoli complex. It showcases a collection of sinopie, the preparatory drawings that are traced on the first layer of plaster and represent the first steps in creating a fresco. The name comes from sinoper, the red pigment mixed with water that’s applied by brush.  

The museum is located inside the Spedale Nuovo, a historic pilgrimage hospital dating back to the 13th century. When bombs rained down on the Camposanto, a devastating fire swept through the area, threatening to destroy the priceless frescoes that adorned its walls. To save them, the frescoes were removed from the walls and mounted onto panels. But during this delicate process, the preparatory sketches were revealed, offering a glimpse into the creative process of the artists who had created these masterpieces centuries ago.

How to visit: Tickets cost 7€, with free admission available for disabled visitors accompanied by their carer and for visitors under 11 accompanied by an adult.

7. Opera del Duomo Museum 

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Opera del Duomo Museum - Wood panels with paintings

Nestled within the walls of a stunning 15th-century convent, the Opera del Duomo Museum in Pisa is a must-see for art and history enthusiasts alike. It showcases a fascinating collection of 380 unique works of art and decorative elements, all sourced from the Cathedral’s treasury and the stunning buildings of Campo dei Miracoli.

Spanning over a thousand years, the collection is a testament to the intricate relationships that have shaped the city’s history with Mediterranean cultures. There’s also a lovely cloister that’s a real oasis of tranquillity. For a truly magical experience, head to the top floor to enjoy a cup of coffee (or some tasty pancakes, in my case) at the panoramic café while taking in an unparalleled view of the iconic Tower of Pisa and Campo dei Miracoli.

How to visit: Tickets cost 7€, with free admission available for disabled visitors accompanied by their carer and for visitors under 11 accompanied by an adult.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Opera del Duomo Museum - Panoramic cafe - Pancakes and hot chocolate

8. The Baths of Nero

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Baths of Nero - Bagni di NeroneLocated close to Campo dei Miracoli, the Baths of Nero are a fascinating site in Pisa. Although they may not be as well-known as the prominent attractions in the area, their historical significance makes them one of the most intriguing corners in the city. 

Pisa, which would later become a renowned maritime republic in the Middle Ages, had a significant Roman presence and was home to several remarkable structures, including a monumental forum, temples, and an amphitheater. Sadly, today only this thermal complex remains visible. This site was excavated in the second half of the 19th century and is one of the few remaining remnants of the city’s Roman past. 

The thermal establishment is named after Emperor Nero due to rumors circulating during the Middle Ages. However, there is no concrete evidence that the Emperor actually visited Pisa or had anything to do with the establishment. Still, the complex has been commonly known as such since then.

How to visit: Currently, it is not possible to enter the site. However, it can be viewed almost completely from outside the fenced area. Keep an eye on the Pisa Tourism website for further updates.

9. Piazza dei Cavalieri 

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Cavalieri and Palazzo dell'OrologioPiazza dei Cavalieri (Knights Square) is a charming public that’s witnessed some significant events in the city’s history, including the end of Pisa’s independence in 1406. In the Renaissance era, the square got a magnificent makeover thanks to Cosimo I de Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who tasked Giorgio Vasari to renovate the square in the fashion of the time. That’s also when the Grand Duke named it after the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen, which he founded to protect the Tuscan and Mediterranean coasts from pirate and Turkish fleets.

The square’s centerpiece is the magnificent Palazzo dei Cavalieri, a 16th-century masterpiece that serves as the seat of the prestigious Normale di Pisa University (Italian: Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), founded by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. 

Its facade is truly a sight to behold, thanks to the masterful work of artist Vasari who embellished it with allegorical figures, zodiac signs, and the busts of the Grandukes of Tuscany.

Another gem is Palazzo dell’Orologio, which once served as the government headquarters during the medieval era. Its walls bear witness to a heart-wrenching tale that has been immortalized in Dante’s Divine Comedy. It recounts the story of Count Ugolino della Gherardesca, a traitor of the city who was starved to death along with his sons and grandchildren within the walls of this palace.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza dei Cavalieri - Palazzo dell'Orologio - Torre della Muda o della Fame10. Pizzeria Il Montino

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Eating Pizza at Il MontinoIl Montino is a delightful pizzeria in a labyrinth of alleys near Piazza dei Cavalieri. It’s been satisfying the cravings of locals for over a century and has earned many awards for its exceptional food. Despite its accolades, Il Montino maintains a humble and inviting atmosphere, with customers enjoying their pizzas at the counter, patiently waiting for takeout orders, or seated at cozy tables. In other words: be prepared for queues. 

While they offer a daily menu of local specialties, they’re best known for their cecina (the region’s famous chickpea flatbread) and pizzas. Though be warned, they’re far from the standard: thick, crispy, and loaded with cheese. One of the most popular is Pizza Pisana, topped with zesty tomato, salty capers, anchovies, and Parmesan, promising an explosion of flavor.

How to visit: Il Montino is located on Via del Monte 1 and is open every day except Sundays. They serve lunch from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and dinner from 7pm to 10:30pm.

11. Church of Santa Maria della Spina 

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Church of Santa Maria della SpinaWith its lovely riverside location and an eye-catching Pisan Gothic style, the tiny Church of Santa Maria della Spina has earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful churches in Pisa. It owes its name to the relic of a thorn (spina) from Christ’s crown once kept within its walls (now relocated to the church of Santa Chiara). 

The building’s exterior is divided into two perfectly symmetrical parts, adorned with delicate spirals, intricate rose windows, elegant marble inlays, grand pinnacles, and magnificent statues – all meticulously crafted to embody the essence of Gothic architecture. In contrast, the interior is a masterful showcase of simplicity and elegance, preserving one of the finest examples of Gothic sculpture: the Madonna of the Rose by Andrea and Nino Pisano.

How to visit: the Church is located at Lungarno Gambacorti 5 and is open for free visits on the following days and times: Mondays (10am to 1pm), Tuesdays to Thursdays (3pm to 7pm) and Fridays to Sundays (10am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm).

12. La Bottega del Gelato 

Things to do in Pisa Italy - La Bottega del GelatoGelato is one of those sweet treats that can’t be missed when visiting Italy, especially in Tuscany, where it was first invented. And where better to enjoy gelato in Pisa than at the city’s oldest gelateria shop?

La Bottega del Gelato has been serving artisanal gelato since 1979 when it opened its first location near the river bank. Their gelato is renowned for being completely handmade using high-quality ingredients, such as Sicilian lemons, Cantiano cherries, and Sorrento walnuts. The range of flavors is ample and varied, including classics like cream and chocolate as well as inventive variations like ricotta cheese with figs and walnuts and bitter orange with cinnamon.

How to visit: La Bottega del Gelato is in Piazza Garibaldi and is open every day from 11am to 1am.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza Garibaldi and statue

13. Piazza delle Vettovaglie

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Piazza delle Vettovaglie - Vineria di PiazzaPiazza delle Vettovaglie is a fascinating corner of Pisa that offers an ideal setting to experience the city’s vibrant nightlife and sample its delicious local cuisine. This small square dates back to the 16th century, a time when Pisa was under the control of Florence and the Medici family was revolutionizing the city’s urban design. The square is adorned with a beautiful double-arched loggia that echoes the 15th-century architectural style of a convent cloister. 

During the day, this square is filled with colorful stalls selling fresh produce. But as the sun sets, it transforms into a lively hangout spot with cozy bars and eateries sprawling onto the open space. A favorite among locals and visitors is Cecco Rivolta, a winery serving excellent Tuscan wine paired with platters of cold cuts and cheeses.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Artwork by local artists on Vicolo del Vigna

Artwork by local artists on Vicolo del Vigna

14. Keith Haring’s mural

Things to do in Pisa Italy - 'Tuttomondo' Mural by Keith HaringAmong the treasures of Pisa there is undoubtedly the gigantic mural by Keith Haring, Tuttomondo, which covers the external wall of the church of Sant’Antonio Abate near the train station. This impressive artwork is one of the few pieces by the renowned American artist that can be admired in Italy, and it also happens to be his final masterpiece, completed just a few months before his death. 

This mural came to life through a chance encounter between the artist and a Pisan student on holiday in New York. The two struck up a friendship, and the Italian convinced the artist to come to Italy to create a work outdoors that would be accessible to everyone. 

The mural, considered Haring’s artistic testament, expresses his vision of life as a puzzle of colorful figures, each representing a unique aspect of a peaceful world.

How to visit: You’ll find Haring’s mural in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

If you have more time in Pisa…

15. Palazzo Blu  

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Palazzo BluAn icon on the Pisan riverfront, Palazzo Blu is a historic noble estate just a few steps from the Ponte di Mezzo bridge. Dating back to the 14th century, what sets it apart is its stunning facade, painted in a striking shade of blue, which was added in the 18th century, possibly to cater to the preferences of the guests from St. Petersburg who were staying there. And since then, the color has become a beloved symbol of the palace.

The palace boasts a permanent collection of paintings from the 14th to the 18th century, plus a photographic archive documenting life in Pisa during the second half of the 20th century. It also hosts cultural activities and temporary exhibits, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the arts.

How to visit: Palazzo Blu is located on Lungarno Gambacorti 32 and is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm, and from Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm. The entrance fee is €3 and includes access to the temporary exhibitions.

16. University of Pisa Botanical Gardens 

Among the city’s stunning architecture and artistic treasures lies an oasis of natural beauty that’s just as fascinating as the other more famous things to do in Pisa: the Botanical Gardens of Pisa University. Established in 1543, they are the first university gardens in the world and boast an impressive collection of flora from across the globe. 

There is also a Botanical Museum, which Ferdinando I de ‘Medici created to complement the gardens. It showcases portraits of famous botanists, ancient teaching material, and a multimedia station where you can take a virtual tour of the herbarium, whose exclusive collection is typically only accessible to scholars by appointment.

How to visit: The Botanical Gardens are located in Via Luca Ghini 13, near Piazza dei Cavalieri, and are open throughout the year starting from 8:30 am. Closing times may vary depending on the season. Admission tickets are priced at €4, and family tickets are also available for €8.

17. The walkway of the Pisa’s ancient walls

At a towering height of 11 meters, the walkway along Pisa’s ancient walls offers a unique perspective to take in the city’s sights. These walls are not only among Italy’s oldest but also some of the best-preserved medieval walls in all of Europe.

The walls’ construction, which began in 1154, followed the natural elements present, making it an architectural wonder that blends harmoniously with its surroundings. After years of restoration, you can now take a leisurely walk along the trail of the Walls and immerse yourself in the panoramic view of the city. 

How to visit: Opening times vary depending on the time of year; in high season, they are open every day from 10am to 8pm. Admission tickets are priced at €5, and there are four access points, three of which are accessible to disabled individuals. Check the website for complete details.

18. The Museum of Ancient Boats (Museo delle Navi Antiche di Pisa)

Pisa has a long history as a maritime superpower, and the Museum of Ancient Boats provides an in-depth account of a millennium of trade, seafaring, and navigation. Housed within the Medicean Arsenals on the Pisan Lungarno, this museum is considered the largest of its kind and is the result of 20 years of extensive research and investigation. Its collection of ancient boats and artifacts showcases the city’s maritime heritage and its role in shaping the Mediterranean’s cultural and commercial exchange.

There are 8 thematic areas to explore, which host seven boats from the roman age, datable between the 3rd and the 7th century A.D., of which four are essentially intact. Also exhibited are 800 finds, including maps and personal belongings that narrate daily life aboard for both the mariners and the passengers.

How to visit: The exhibition is open on Fridays from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 6.30pm (until 8:30pm between June and September). Tickets cost €10.

19. Osteria dei Cavalieri

If you have time for dinner, then Osteria dei Cavalieri is one of the best restaurants in Pisa for savoring some delicious local cuisine before ending your trip. Just a short walk away from Campo dei Miracoli, this restaurant is housed in a historic building dating from the 1200s, with bottles of wine all over and classic tablecloths that exude a slightly old-fashioned charm. 

Dishes here are deeply rooted in tradition, offering a variety of delicious options like ravioli filled with flavorful pecorino cheese, grilled T-bone steaks, ossobuco with beans, and ribollita soup. They also have an extensive wine selection featuring both classic and new labels.

How to visit: Osteria dei Cavalieri is located on Via San Frediano, near Piazza Dei Cavalieri. They are open for lunch (12 pm to 2:15 pm) and dinner (7:45 pm to 10:30 pm) but closed on Sundays and for lunch on Wednesdays.

Recommended Itinerary: Pisa day trip from Florence

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Bar Centro Pisa and Edicola at Piazza GaribaldiShort on time? Here is a recommended itinerary of things to see and do during your Pisa day trip from Florence.

If you arrive at Pisa Centrale station, you can begin by walking to the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate to see Keith Haring’s iconic mural. Its bright, vivid colors are sure to brighten up your day! 

Next, cross the river and head to Piazza delle Vettovaglie to experience the bustling market, where locals shop for fresh produce. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant space, and maybe even indulge in some tasty treats along the way. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll around Borgo Stretto, one of the city’s main streets, boasting a beautiful portico arcade home to elegant shops and cafes. 

Take some time to explore the picturesque Arno riverfront, framed by charming landmarks like the tiny Church of Santa Maria della Spina. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a cone of mouth-watering gelato from La Bottega del Gelato while you’re there. Then, as lunchtime approaches, head to Il Montino and fuel up with a delicious Pizza Pisana before continuing your exploration of Pisa.  

Check out the ancient Baths of Nero, a fascinating testament to the city’s Roman past, before immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Campo dei Miracoli, where you can spend the rest of your day discovering the many treasures this stunning location has to offer. 

With your timed ticket, you can quickly access the Leaning Tower and climb up its spiral staircase for some beautiful views over the city. Next, stop for the mandatory photo ops before exploring all the other gems in the square. 

End your day with a refreshing drink or some delicious pancakes at the panoramic café in the Opera del Duomo Museum. The view is fantastic, and the food is sure to satisfy your cravings. As the day comes to a close, hop in a taxi or stroll back to the train station.

Things to do in Pisa Italy - Lungarni di Pisa - Buildings at sunriseThings to do in Pisa Italy - Arsenali della Repubblica di Pisa
Arsenali della Repubblica di Pisa

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