How to spend a day in Pisa

Pisa is a beautiful Tuscan city with many attractions to see on your day trip.

Without a doubt, Pisa is one of Italy’s most popular cities. Pisa has it all from the hundreds of years of history, iconic landmarks, and ancient buildings.

Keep in mind, if you are travelling from another city, we recommend you plan how you are getting to Pisa. If it is via public transport, keep a look at the transport timetable to ensure you can get to and from Pisa.

Here is a list of places you can include during your busy day exploring Pisa!

Piazza dei Miracoli

piazza dei miracoli

The Square of Miracles is Pisa’s city centre where you can find the Leaning Tower and other city highlights. Each landmark here is well worth seeing during your day in Pisa.

People from all over the world will come to Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, to capture a photo of it and to even climb to the top.

The square also has the Duomo Santa Maria Assunta, which is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral and is the oldest structure here!

The Battistero di San Giovanni took over 200 years to build after replacing an older baptistery. Then we have the Camposanto, the Pisa cemetery that opened in 1464.

Borgo Stretto

A walk down Borgo Stretto is certainly a must as it is one of Pisa’s most popular and busy main streets. This is the street in Pisa where you can go shopping and enjoy a coffee. The street has it all from boutiques, cafes, and other retail stores to see.

Piazza dei Cavalieri

Piazza dei Cavalieri

Another popular square in Pisa is the Knights Square. This Renaissance square has the Cosimo I de Medici statue and the Palazzo della Carovana. Here was the Knights of St. Stephen headquarters before it was turned into a university.


Of course during your time in Pisa, you will want to stop for a break to eat some food. There are plenty of restaurants around the city to enjoy a delicious meal. If you can, try to have a meal at Cantina Vasari, Pizzeria Kiste, or La Taverna di Pulcinella.

If you are after cafes, we suggest Cavalieri, Caffe Letterario Volta Pagina, and Bar Livorno.

Palazzo Blu

Without a doubt, you always need to visit an art gallery during your trip, and the Palazzo Blu is the one to see in Pisa! The blue building is easy to spot along the Arno south bank with exhibitions with a collection of Italian artworks from different periods. At times there are limited exhibits to see during your trip.

If you are coming from Florence for a trip, here is a half day Pisa tour that ticks off all the main attractions of the city!

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