How-to Spend a Day in Pisa Italy & Where to Stay

Pisa Italy a truly underrated city and often missed for more glamorous cities like Florence. It is a historical city which seems to attract people of all ages from all walks of life. Mostly when people plan to visit Pisa, it’s all about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and not much else. And for many, Pisa is not often the only destination but part of Tuscany Adventures. Our recent visit to Pisa was part of our Tuscany itinerary and we allocated 2 half-days to this historical city. It is certainly small enough that its easier to pair the visit with another city like Florence or Sienna.

Pisa Italy

Like most people, planning our trip to Pisa was centered around visiting the Square of miracles, Piazza del Miracoli. The area is also known as Piazza del Duomo and is one of the most visited places in Pisa. It consists of  the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Camposanto Monumentale and the Leaning Tower. All these impressive buildings located in one place, no wonder people just see these places and leave. Pisa also boosts some impressive Italian restaurants serving the best Italian foods and best Gelato ever.

How-to Spend a Day in Pisa Italy

Our Tuscany Adventures itinerary got interrupted and we ended up spending 2 half days in Pisa Italy. We were happy to spend two half days in Pisa as this gave us enough time to focus on different sights. If you’re planning a Tuscany adventure and wondering how to fit it all in, here is how-to do it.

Pisa Italy

Flying into Pisa Airport

One thing I absolutely loved about Pisa Italy is its incredible public transport system and Pisa Mover. From the airport, take the Pisa mover into Pisa main station then walk to Piazza del Miracoli. If walking isn’t an option then take the L-1 bus and its a 15 minute bus ride.

If you’re limited on time, I would suggest buying the tickets first to either climb the tower and visit the Cathedral. The Baptistery is free but you still need the ticket to be able to enter the building which offers incredible views.

Taking a train into Pisa

One thing we loved about Pisa Italy is how accessible and inexpensive the Tuscany region is by train. It seems to be the central point for many trains, it is therefore easy to plan you Tuscany adventures. From Florence, Pisa is only an hour away and cost less than 9 euros return.

Depending on the region you’re in, Pisa is very accessible, we were in Ortonovo and had to take regional trains. From Carrara to Pisa on a fast train can take up to 45 minutes and slower trains up to an hour.

Places to visit in Pisa Italy

There are many places one can visit in Pisa which include shopping or strolling along the cobble stoned streets. Most people often visit for the Piazza del Miracoli to visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. For that reason, in this post we will focus on those places only.

  •  Cathedral,
  • The Baptistry
  • Camposanto Monumentale
  • The Bell or Leaning Tower

To visit any of these places there is a charge of 5 euros except; the Baptistry {free} and Leaning tower. Whilst the Baptistry is free, a ticket is required and can be collected for free at the tourist office.

Where to Stay

When it comes to choosing where to stay in Pisa, the task can seem so daunting as there are many places. I knew for myself and my family, we wanted somewhere not too far from the airport but close to the tower. It would have been an impossible task if the city was massive but luckily Pisa isn’t that big a city.

I stumbled upon 7Rooms on Expedia and love everything that I saw and ready about the place. It is practically at the Leaning Tower’s door step and only 10 minutes drive to the airport. The location couldn’t be more perfect even if I tried, and its located on the famous tourist street.

Next time you’re planning your Tuscany Adventures, make sure to include Pisa on the list. If you have half a day or an entire day, that is still enough time to explore this historical city. The Piazza del Miracoli or Square of Miracles is definitely a must visit sight in Pisa Italy.

Have you ever been to Pisa? If not, what sights would you add to your itinerary?

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34 Comments

  1. August 18, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    This is one of my favourite places ever. Just love the culture in Italy and everything. Super jealous.

  2. Sara-Jayne Jones
    March 18, 2018 / 9:44 am

    I had no idea that there was so much to do in Pisa – I’d love to visit there!

  3. David E
    March 18, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Everyone knows about the tower. I would love to go there. But it looks like Pisa has so much more than just the tower. I would love to visit sometime soon.

    • March 19, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Exactly, this little city of litter with other cute things to do, definitely give it a visit

  4. Ophelia Tang
    March 18, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Pisa is such a beautiful place. Thank you so much for the tips and beautiful photos.

  5. Dana Brillante-Peller
    March 17, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see Pisa. Thank you for sharing great things to do and where to stay

  6. Jenie
    March 17, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    I wanna visit this place soon . U have shared such a useful post to plan. Now i will try to plan soon

  7. Dee Jaye
    March 17, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Wow. It looks like you had so much fun. Thank you for the tips

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