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  • Pisa is a city renowned for its iconic landmarks, rich history, and vibrant culture. Once a thriving Roman port, sitting on the coast until the 15th century, Pisa now lies on the alluvial plain of the Arno River, about 10km from the Liguria Sea. The city has seen much disruption since the Roman times, from medieval sea battles to those on land between Tuscan rivals Lucca and Florence, plus suffering severe damage during World War II.

    Today, Pisa is a popular tourist spot with the city's unique Piazza dei Miracoli (The Square of Miracles), a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to Pisa's iconic Leaning Tower. However, beyond the tower, you will discover the many treasures of this city with its unique character, rich cultural heritage and glimpses of an authentic Italian lifestyle. 

    If you are looking to base yourself close to the coast in Tuscany, with easy access to a plethora of restaurants, attractions and local towns, explore our collection of villas near Pisa.

  • Things to do

    When thinking of things to do in Pisa, the Leaning Tower often comes to most visitors' minds, but there is much more to explore than this iconic landmark.

  • Beyond the Tower

    Our team, some of whom have lived in the city, have created a list of things to do beyond the tower, providing the perfect blend of history, art, relaxation and exploration, inviting visitors to see more of this beautiful city.

  • Walk the city walls

    Walking the medieval walls of Pisa, constructed between 1154 and the late 13th century, offers a unique perspective on the city’s historic and cultural heritage. These ancient fortifications provide the best panoramic views of Pisa's famous landmarks, as well as lush gardens and the surrounding countryside. The walls have four access points: Torre Santa Maria, Torre Piezometrica, Torre di Legno, and Piazza Delle Gondole. This activity provides a tranquil escape from the busy city streets. Tickets are required to walk the walls which can be bought online or directly at the entrance, plus a free app is available to download for a more immersive experience.

    Tel: +39 050 0987480

  • Borgo Stretto

    Borgo Stretto, one of the most picturesque streets in Pisa, extends from the Ponte di Mezzo bridge across the River Arno. This historic street, loosely translated to “narrow village”, dates to the Medieval period. Today, Borgo Stretto is known for its vibrant colours, historic architecture, boutiques, cafes, and local eateries. Visitors can explore its narrow cobblestone lanes, admiring well-preserved Medieval buildings with traditional Tuscan features like wooden shutters, iron balconies, and colourful facades. The street is lively with performers, musicians, and artists, adding to its enchanting atmosphere.

  • Piazza dei Cavalieri – Knights Square

    Piazza dei Cavalieri is Pisa’s second most famous square, initially serving as the political centre before becoming the hub for the Order of the Knights of Saint Stephen. The square features a statue of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, built-in 1596. The Palazzi della Carovana, located behind the statue, is the main building of the prestigious Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, which was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte and attended by notable alumni such as Enrico Fermi, part of the Manhattan Project.

    Address: Piazza dei Cavalieri, Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 43, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

  • Banks of the Arno

    Escape the crowds and explore the banks of the River Arno in Pisa, the second most important river in central Italy. The river spans 240km from the Apennines through Florence to the Ligurian Sea. Along the "lungarno" streets, admire historic buildings and bridges against a picturesque mountain backdrop.  

    Keep your eyes peeled for the Santa Maria Della Spina, an extraordinary example of Pisa Gothic architecture, built in 1230. The church gets its name from once guarding one thorn of Christ's crown in 1333, now found in the Church of Santa Chiara.

    Address: Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Lungarno Gambacorti, 50, 56125 Pisa PI, Italia

    If you're visiting Pisa between July and September and looking for somewhere to enjoy music, food and drink, head to the river for Arno Vivo for the ultimate summer experience. This popular open-air-venue event brings the river to life with daily live music from 7 pm. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and join in the fun.


  • Palazzo Blu

    Palazzo Blu, formerly Palace Rosselmini Gualand, is a cultural institution renowned for its vibrant exhibitions and historical significance. The museum, identified by its unique blue exterior, showcases diverse artworks, ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary creations. Visitors can explore the rich history of Pisa through themed exhibitions, educational programs, and interactive displays. Palazzo Blu also boasts a magnificent courtyard, offering a tranquil retreat amidst the bustling city.

    Address: Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti, 9, 56125 Pisa PI, Italia
    Tel: +39 050 916 950

  • Piazza dei Miracoli

    Piazza dei Miracoli, also known as the Square of Miracles, is a stunning architectural ensemble in the heart of Pisa, Tuscany. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty and historical significance, this UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts visitors from all over the world. Dominating the square are four masterpieces of medieval architecture: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Camposanto Monumentale, and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa

    The Leaning Tower of Pisa, renowned for its 5° tilt due to uneven foundation settling, began construction in 1173. Efforts to correct its tilt spanned over 180 years, resulting in a distinctive kink. The bell chamber, housing seven bells, has been silent since 1993 to prevent further damage. The best view of the tower is through the archway of Porta Santa Maria. Visitors can climb its 251 steps, with restrictions for children under 8 and those under 18 needing adult supervision.

    Tel: +39 050 835011/12

  • Cathedral di Santa Maria Assunta

    Founded in 1064 and consecrated in 1118, the Cathedral di Santa Maria Assunta underwent construction in two phases, led by the Buscheto architects and later extended by Rainaldo. Despite a fire in 1595, the Cathedral features an impressive exterior with black and white stripes of Arab origin, whilst inside decorations reflect a rich history of early 14th-century mosaics. If you look hard enough on the north side of the Cathedral, you will find the so-called ‘Devil’s Nails’, which are said to be impossible to count, seeming to be a different number every time.

    Tel: +39 050 835011/12

  • Battistero di San Giovanni

    The largest baptistery in Italy, founded on 15th August 1152, was designed by Diotisalvi and completed by Nicola Pisano and his son Giovanni. Featuring a circumference of 107.24m and a height of 54.86m, its dome’s exterior features red tiles towards the sea and lead sheets towards the east. Inside, the double dome design creates exceptional acoustics, demonstrated by staff every 30 minutes to showcase the building's reverberations.

    Tel: +39 050 835011/12

  • Camposanto Monumentale

    Founded in 1277 to house the graves around the Cathedral, the Camposanto Monumentale is noted for its Gothic architecture and frescoes like "The Triumph of Death" and "The Last Judgement" by Francesco Traini and Bonamico Buffalmacco. It also hosts lectures from The University of Pisa and the Medici family. Visitors can explore its vast courtyard and preserved artworks.

    Tel: +39 050 835011/12

  • Sinopie Museum

    The Sinopie Museum showcases preliminary sketches (sinopias) for frescoes, discovered after the fire at the Camposanto. These sketches, drawn with red pigment in which they get their name, have been displayed since 1979, featuring works like the Triumph of Death and the Last Judgment which can be compared to what remain in the Camposanto.

    Tel: +39 050 835011/12

  • Eating and drinking

    For culinary enthusiasts, Pisa offers a haven of gastronomic delights, featuring a range of restaurants, charming trattorias, and cafes. Visit Piazza Vettovagile and Piazza Cairoli for an aperitivo before continuing for a classic Italian meal in one of the many restaurants lining Pisa’s streets. For dessert don't miss out on the delectable gelato at La Bottega del Gelato, hailed as the best in the area.

  • Recommended restaurants (as selected by our team):

    Pizzeria Trattoria La Buca
    Address: La Buca Via Massimo D'azeglio 6, Pisa 56100 
    Tel: 050-24130

    Al Vecchio Braciere
    Address: Via XXIV Maggio 94, 56126 Pisa (PI)
    Tel: 050 564028/ 320 7697179

    Pizzeria Fratelli D’Auria
    Address: Via Giuseppe Montanelli, 18
    Tel: 392.8721316 / 050.500547

    Address: Piazza Cairoli 2, Pisa, Italy

    Address: Via S. Martino, 47, 56125 Pisa PI, Italy
    Tel: +39 050 27282

    Ristorante La Scaletta
    Address: Via Pietrasantina 107, Pisa
    Tel: 050 6202050

    Osteria dei Cavalieri
    Address: Via San Frediano 16, Pisa
    Tel: 050 580858

    Gusto al 129
    Address: Via Ettore Sighieri 5 | 56127 Pisa
    Tel: 050.6203117

    Gelateria De’ Coltelli
    Address: Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 23, 56100 Pisa PI, Italy

    La Bottega del Gelato
    Address: Piazza Garibaldi, 56126, Pisa
    Tel: 050 575467

  • Getting to Pisa and getting around

    Pisa is a spread-out city operating with a ZTL system, therefore if driving to the city you should be careful not to enter the restricted zone and find parking outside the city walls. There are many parking zones, both paid and free, so there will be plenty of space to park, you can then decide if you want to walk or get public transport into the centre.

    Pisa mover

    The Pisa Mover is an automated electric shuttle linking Pisa Airport to Pisa Railway station with an intermediate stop next to the park-and-ride car parks. 

    If using the park and ride for the Pisa Mover, the two car parks are the Via Aurelia car park and the Via Goletta car park. Visitors can get the shuttle to Pisa Railway Station and then walk to all the main attractions (about a 25-minute walk). Or, if you do not want to walk, there are many local bus routes from the small bus station in front of the railway station, which can take you close to the Piazza dei Miracoli. 

    The shuttle runs every day between 6:00 am-12:00 am.

    Road distances from Pisa

    Lucca – 20km
    Livorno – 27km
    Viareggio – 23km 
    Florence – 109km 
    Siena -125km

  • Day trips from Pisa

    Beyond the city’s boundaries, visitors can explore the diverse landscapes and cultural treasures that Tuscany has to offer. A short journey brings you to the stunning Tuscan coast, where picturesque beaches and charming seaside towns await. For nature enthusiasts, the Tenuta di San Rossore offers a serene escape with its lush woodlands and abundant wildlife. Just a brief drive from Pisa lies the enchanting town of Lucca, known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls, charming piazzas, and winding cobblestone streets. Each of these destinations provides a unique glimpse into the beauty and heritage of the region, making them perfect for enriching day trips from Pisa.

  • The coast

    If you’re looking for more relaxation on your trip to Pisa, why not head to the beaches that line the coast? The Pisan coast, between Viareggio and Livorno, offers a mix of low-key beach resorts and beaches framed by pine groves, perfect for families. Our favourite beaches include Marina di Pisa, Torre del Lago and Marina di Vecchiano.


    Livorno, a vibrant port city in Tuscany, blends rich history and modern attractions. Founded as a coastal fortress to defend Pisa, the city is one of the most important port cities in Tuscany, with its proximity to the Tuscan countryside and cities like Pisa and Florence. Visitors can explore historic sites like the Fortezza Vecchia, stroll along the Terrazza Mascagni, and enjoy the bustling markets and charming streets. 

    For more information, explore our guide to the Livorno.


    Viareggio, a charming coastal town in Tuscany, is renowned for its vibrant beach life and rich cultural heritage. Viareggio offers a mix of sandy beaches and scenic promenades, making it the perfect destination for relaxation and exploration. The town is famous for its annual Carnival, featuring elaborate parades and artistic floats. Visitors can enjoy the local seafood cuisine, visit historical landmarks, and indulge in shopping.    

    For more information, explore our guide to the Viareggio.

  • Tenuta di San Rossore

    The Tenuta di San Rossore is a 4,800-hectare natural oasis, the largest pine forest in Europe, and part of the Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli Natural Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Accessible from Pisa via Viale delle Cascine or Via delle Lenze, plus frequent bus services to the park. The visitor centre offers the option to book horseback rides, a charming carriage ride, a train tour, or an enchanting boat trip to the centre of Pisa. Visitors can explore the park independently or join guided tours and environmental education programs. The park also features the San Rossore racecourse, two restaurants, and shops selling local products.

    Here are a few words from one of our team, who grew up near Pisa, as to why they love visiting Tenuta di San Rossare:

    “My favourite thing is that in less than 15 minutes you can go from the hustle and bustle of a city to the tranquillity of the park, surrounded by peaceful nature. My favourite activity is undoubtedly walking along the many paths that the park offers” ~ Valentina, Customer Service Manager

    Address: Tenuta di San Rossore, Loc. Cascine Vecchie – 56122 Pisa (PI)
    Tel: +39 050 539111

  • Lucca

    Piazza delle Vettovaglie is an enjoyable daily (mornings only) food market lies just off Via Borgo Stretto and offers a feast of fresh Italian produce. On the second weekend of the month, Ponte di Mezzo is an antiques and bric-a-brac market.

  • Tuscan villas near Pisa

    Are you feeling inspired to start planning your holiday to Tuscany? Discover the unparalleled beauty of our villa collection near Pisa, where Tuscany's charm truly comes to life. Providing the perfect base with easy access to the stunning countryside and coastline, these handpicked villas offer a sanctuary of tranquillity and sophistication. Explore the famous city, indulging in local cuisine, savour exquisite wines and visit local villages, inviting you to experience the essence of Tuscan culture. Our diverse selection of villas, ranging in size and luxurious amenities, guarantees an authentic and comfortable stay, making your Tuscan holiday dreams come true. 

    Explore our villas near Pisa to start planning your Tuscan holiday today. Alternatively, entrust your holiday planning to our team of Villa Specialists. With their firsthand experience and intimate knowledge of the region, they'll ensure you find the ultimate Tuscan holiday tailored to you.

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