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The name 'Pisa' can't help but conjure up images of that famous Leaning Tower, but there's more to the city than just this one iconic building. As well as Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas, there's also a thriving nightlife fuelled by the university – one of Italy's most famous – and the students residing there.

The 183-foot-tall Leaning Tower is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is a must-see site when you're in Pisa. Other spectacular buildings nearby include the Baptistery – a 12th-century building that lays claim to be the site where the great scientist Galileo Galilei was baptised – and the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Don't miss a wander through the Place des Cavaliers – the one-time political centre during the Medieval era.

Given its large student population, the centre of Pisa is awash with bars and cafés. The banks of the River Arno are lively during the evenings – an ideal spot to grab a Negroni or a Birra Moretti after all that sightseeing. For people-watching, head to the bars and restaurants on the Piazza Delle Vettovaglie, which offer plenty of alfresco wining-and-dining.

Pisa is home to plenty of traditional trattorias serving homely cuisine – head to the Trattoria S. Omobono to enjoy Tuscan delicacies such as pan-fried rabbit with olives or chunky spaghetti with wild boar ragù. For food with a view, book a meal at Osteria I Santi, located right by the Leaning Tower.


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Most popular time to visit October-December
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Local currency € 1 = $1.08
Language Italian
Average weekend price $98 per night
Average weekday price $84 per night
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We are not ones to attend the destinations (traps) so we did...

February 7, 2024

We are not ones to attend the destinations (traps) so we did not go to the "tower" but we wandered the streets and piazzas on both sides of the river and enjoyed ourselves immensely. It is all flat and easily accessible on foot with nice shops and restaurants in abundance.

Roberto United States of America

It’s a good city, but I think it would be ideal to visit it...

January 28, 2024

It’s a good city, but I think it would be ideal to visit it for one day and go back. But don’t spend a whole holiday in there because the city is small and aside from the place where there is the Pisa tower etc there isn’t really much to do. Also, the locals are very sweet and the food is not pricey.


Most say Pisa is a half day trip and has nothing else.

December 9, 2023

Most say Pisa is a half day trip and has nothing else. This simply isn't true. We loved Pisa and woud have happily made it a 2 or 3 day break. We went to see the sights after all the day trippers had left which was lovely. The site where the leaning tower is is architecturally stunning and even more impressive in real life. The old town is great for wandering round and there are lots of restaurants. There is plenty of hisotry not related to the tower. After Florence it was a welcome relief. Linger in Pisa and enjoy it when the crowds have gone home.

Naomi United Kingdom

Opinion seems to be varied about Pisa.

November 30, 2023

Opinion seems to be varied about Pisa. We wanted a town with something to see and an airport so no onward travel. We had 3.5 days. Mostly very good weather. We spent a day in Lucca which is just a short ride away and the rest of the time exploring Pisa. We did this by train as its quick and there is effectively a shuttle, they also run the double decker trains which are always fun to go on. We bought a ticket for all buildings in the Piazza dei Miracoli , the only thing that is timed is the Tower and in November we were able to buy a ticket and climb up right away. We spend the next afternoon doing the buildings that were open (one shut for renovation) and walked round part of the walls. The ticket is valid for a year but its only one entry. We took things slowly and wandered the streets on both sides of the River. Ate ice cream and doughnuts and tried a couple of local specialities. Relaxed and pleasant stay. If you just want to tick things off your bucket list you can do Pisa in a day,

Sally United Kingdom

The Leaning Tower visit was the highlight of the trip an...

November 17, 2023

The Leaning Tower visit was the highlight of the trip an iconic must see if you like history. A good time to visit not too many tourists and weather was pretty good for November. Plenty of places to eat. Try other Italian food apart from pizza.

Graeme United Kingdom

We used Pisa to hub and spoke to other areas, traveling by...

October 31, 2023

We used Pisa to hub and spoke to other areas, traveling by train. This worked perfectly, as we could unpack for 6 nights, feeling our belongings were safe and secure. Pisa has a wonderful history, but the location is perfect to enjoy other historical sights within a short train ride. We combined Pisa with Lucca, Cinque Terre, Montecatini.

Mitzi United States of America

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