Pisa

Pisa city breaks

In an historical city like Pisa, you’ll never fail to find things to see and do. This charming riverside showstopper is full of amazing architecture and museums, as well as a vibrant café and bar scene where you can rub shoulders with the locals – and eat like them too.

Local life

Local life

One of the best things about Pisa is that it’s far more relaxed than many other cities. While most visitors are hanging round the tower, you’ll have plenty of time to blend in with the locals. Leisurely stroll the cobbled streets, shop for antiques along Via Palestro and stop off for a frothy cappuccino or freshly baked bread from a local deli.

Pisa by night

Pisa by night

Pisa has a vibrant bar scene and drinks here are great value too. A great place to start is along the River Arno. The Bazeel Bar and Arno Vivo are fab for a chilled drink by the waterfront. For something a little more chic, head to the cafés on Borgo Stretto or try Piazza Cairoli for some cocktail bars.

River walk

River walk

Stroll along the river and you’ll see the Santa Maria della Spina, a Gothic church that dates back to 1230. Over in Piazza dei Cavalieri, admire the Renaissance buildings that house the city’s university as students whizz by on their bicycles. Further down the river is the Museo Nazionale dei San Matteo. This former monastery is now home to Donatello’s bust of San Lussorio and is well worth a visit.

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Pisa City, Pisa

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Duomo Pisa

Duomo Pisa

Pisa

Despite its closeness to the Leaning Tower, Pisa Cathedral isn't overshadowed by its more famous relative. Begun in 1093, it's a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and looms large in the Piazza dei...
Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa

You can't visit Pisa without seeing its most famous landmark. The cathedral's campanile, or freestanding bell tower, is one of the most remarkable architectural structures of medieval Europe. It was closed in...
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale

Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale

Pisa

Visit this museum to get an insight into the courtly life of the wealthy families of Pisa in times past. The collections are set in a royal palace by the River Arno. You’ll see tapestries, paintings, clothing...

Language

Italian

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

£3.50 / €4

Urban Bus day card

£3 / €3.40

Three course meal

£35 / €40

Sightseeing
The 60m-high Leaning Tower of Pisa is what people flock here for. It actually houses a bell, but it’s become more renowned for being a selfie-magnet. The tilted wonder is pretty impressive. There’s a striking baptistery nearby, plus the Cathedral of Saint Mary – Piazza del Duomo’s prize piece.
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Eating and drinking
There are over 30 flavours of ice cream across Pisa’s gelaterias. Chickpea soup with sciocco bread is a great local option, too – and don’t miss out on the famous Italian ‘aperitivo’. Head to the waterfront bars between 6pm and 9pm for some complimentary nibbles with your cocktails and a chat with the locals.
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Shopping
For souvenirs, stick to the area around the tower – there’s no shortage of stalls and shops. But if you fancy some serious shopping, Corso Italia and Borgo Stretto are the two main avenues to browse. The Corso’s ideal for cheaper brands, but Stretto’s the winner for high-end fashion labels.
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Getting around
It’s easy to get around on foot here, or you can do as the locals do and hop on a bike. There are bus and train services too if you want to explore further afield. A direct train service links Pisa with Florence, so telling a tale of two cities has never been so easy.
16 June 2019 – Luminara di San Ranieri
Before feasting the next day, locals take to the streets for this candlelit showcase. The illumination is a traditional event hosted annually.
30 June 2019 – Gioco del Ponte
The Bridge of Pisa Game combines a procession by the Arno River and the following battle. It’s a test of team wit and strength, bringing together the masses.
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