Your guide to Pisa!
Here's our list of the best things to do in Pisa!
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We are so excited that we have landed in Italy that we want to give you some inspiration to come and visit this great city in Italy.
What better way than to tell you all the great things you can do here!
So we have created a list of all the best things to do in the amazing city of Pisa!
Let’s start off with a classic!
#1 Leaning Tower of Pisa
Location: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
This is by far the main reason most people visit Pisa. Whilst it is an amazing structure in its own right the craze comes from how it is able to defy the laws of physics with its noticeable tilt. No wonder it makes our list of the Most Instagrammable Spots in Pisa!
To this date it is still learning and doesn’t worry, measures are made to make sure it doesn’t fall. You can also climb to the top (€18) if you want the best views.
Time to go get your photo of yourself holding it up!
#2 Piazza del Duomo
Location: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
The leaning tower of Pisa isn’t the only beautiful building. There is also the Cathedral Piazza del Duomo.
You can lie on the grass behind the Duomo for the whole afternoon whether you’re a local or a visitor and watch the world go by. The Cathedral Piazza del Duomo was the biggest in Europe at the time when it was built.
Entry into the Cathedral is free. If you think the outside is beautiful wait til you see the inside!
Also at the east end of the Piazza del Duomo is the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. It houses an amazing art collection that will please any art enthusiast.
#3 Sunset Cafe on Marina di Pisa Beach
Location: Via Litoranea, 40, 56100 Marina di Pisa PI, Italy
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7.00 pm to 2.00 am, Friday-Sunday 7.00 pm to 3.00 am
Marina di Pisa Beach offers the perfect evening getaway. You can enjoy a pleasant meal by the water. It is a great place to relax and take a break from the city.
At Sunset Cafe you can start with your favourite aperitif and one of Sunset Cafe’s delectable appetizers. What’s special about the Sunset Cafe is the atmosphere. Large mats with candles and cushions are spread across the small beach area. Grab a cocktail and watch the stars twinkle above, while listening to the waves roll in.
#4 Mercato delle Vettovaglie
Location: Centre of Pisa
Nothing can beat an Italian Market. Who doesn’t love Italian food!
The Mercato delle Vettovaglie is the main Pisan market. You can grab a lot of snacks and also fresh products sold by the farmers of the Province. There are also stores selling Italian culinary delights and also colourful flowers.
The Vettovaglie’s Market is open daily (except Sunday) from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m., but some sellers stay much later in the afternoon.
We recommend heading to the market and grabbing a few items for a picnic in the afternoon.
#5 The River Arno
This river is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. It is surrounded by some of the best colourful buildings. What is needed is an early morning stroll along this river where you can take in the views and fresh air.
We suggest you start the walk at the heart of the city, the picturesque Garibaldi Square. With plenty of lighting to make your way, witness beautiful views of the earth-tone palazzi on the River’s banks. Conclude your walk at the Santa Maria della Spina which is a beautiful piece of gothic architecture.
#6 Visit the Baptistery of St. John
Location: Next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
After taking in the gorgeous view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa venture only a few feet to the building next door and you’ll find another masterpiece. TheBaptistery of St. John is located right next to the Tower of Pisa and is in fact slightly taller!
The exterior is highly ornamental with intricately-carved reliefs. Its unusual stacked domes and bronze John the Baptist make it one of the most interesting pieces of architecture in Pisa!
The interior is very plain so it may not be worth battling the crowds to go inside. If you do, it costs €5 EUR.
#7 Visit the other Leaning Tower
We know what you’re thinking. “The other leaning tower??!”
Well believe it or not there is another leaning tower in Pisa. The bell tower of the Saint Michael Church leans is what it is called. It is a building is situated in a beautiful green area, Viale delle Piagge, near the Arno River, which is a 5-minute by walking from the centre of Pisa.
Whilst it doesn’t have the same hype as the leaning tower it is still an impressive structure and usually has no crowds!
#8 Chupiteria: Nothing but Shots!
Location: Lungarno Mediceo, 59, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy
Hours: 9pm – 3am nightly
With over 250 different types of shot drinks, Chupiteria is the first and only place in Pisa completely dedicated to offering only shots.
All of Chupiteria’s shot drinks are presented in a dizzying array of colour combinations. Beautifully layered reds and yellows, stunning explosions of light blue-coloured cloud bursts over darker sapphire hues, are just a few of the drinks you’ll find at Chupiteria.
#9. Enjoy an Aperitivo in Piazza delle Vettovaglie
There is no need to break the bank with food. Pisa has a lot of restaurants where you can get delicious food for only a few euros.
Piazza delle Vettovaglie is one of those restaurants that the locals know well. And who knows where the best food is? The locals do.
So it only seems right to trust them. It’s a great place for a group of friends as you can get a lot of starters to share
#10 Oak of Witches
Location: Località San Martino in Colle, 55012 Capannori LU, Italy
Don’t worry it isn’t a scary place. Rather it is magical. The Oak of Witches is a 600 YEAR OLD tree located in the Tuscan forest.
As you can imagine growing for 600 years it has become so huge and has a unique distinct shape. It doesn’t grow up but rather outwards. Trust us you can’t miss it.
It has become a National Monument because of this.
Location: Via Riccardo Zandonai, 56125 Pisa PI, Italy
If you go to the city centre from the train station you’ll end up in the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
On the left of this area, you’ll discover one of the hidden gems of Pisa. In Sant’Antonio square, on one of the walls of the church with the same name, there is Keith Haring’s mural called “Tuttomondo”.
It is a beautiful mural of 30 figures which that fit together like a puzzle to help present the theme of peace and harmony in the world.
#12 The Botanic Gardens
Location: Via Luca Ghini, 13, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
You can get inside one of the world oldest academic botanical gardens which was founded in 1544. Discover three hectares of plants from all over the world, including medicinal plants like foxgloves, aquatic plants, and centuries-old trees, such as a majestic magnolia and ginkgo which was planted at the end of the 1700s.
#13 Experience real music at Borderline Club
Location: Via Giuseppe Vernaccini, 7, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy
Borderline Club is a live concert venue, which was founded in 1996. The desire is to create a locale where people could gather to listen and enjoy great live music.
Enjoy countless varieties of musical performances from blues to jazz, to rock & pop. You’ll certainly be able to experience the party lifestyle here!
#14 Take a day trip to Lucca
Lucca is a beautiful, small city only 25 minutes away by train from Pisa.
This site is filled to the brim with history. Explore the medieval and renaissance buildings, and absorb the city’s atmosphere. Walk or bike along the 16th century fortified walls. This will also be perfect for your Instagram!
There are also over 100 churches!
#15 See the Museo di San Matteo
Location: Piazza San Matteo In Soarta, 2, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy
This is an art and history museum housed inside an astonishing 13th-century Benedictine convent with a special collection of art from the churches of Pisa.
Even though it is quite small, this museum is host to one of the biggest exhibits of Tuscan renaissance art in all of Europe. The collection includes sculptural masterworks by Nicola Pisano and Donatello.
Entry is €5 EUR and it’s open daily (except Mondays).
Ready to go and See Pisa? Well, then you’re in luck! We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Pisa perfect for all travellers and perfect to venture out into the city!