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Welcome to Pisa

The Tuscan city of Pisa is synonymous with its most famous attraction—the leaning tower—but there's so much more to this historic city than a teetering building. While Pisa is one of Italy's most popular destinations for day tours from nearby Italian destinations—especially if you have your eye on posing on the Piazza dei Miracoli pretending to hold up the iconic leaning tower—few realize the tower is actually the bell tower for the adjacent 11th-century cathedral, and that the piazza's enormous baptistery is the largest in Italy. And while Florence might be the bigger draw today, visitors who explore beyond the tower of Pisa are rewarded with history and art. Giorgio Vasari designed the lovely Piazza dei Cavalieri and a church on the square, inside of which there's a piece by Donatello. The tiny 13th-century church of Santa Maria della Spina sits right on the Arno River in the city center. Keith Haring's last public work is a huge mural on the wall of the Church of Sant'Antonio. You can discover these and more lesser-known sights on a walking tour, or easily reach other Italian cities with an organized day trip that handles the logistics. Heading out into the countryside from Pisa, visitors can wander the medieval streets of historic Siena, circle the town of Lucca walking atop its city walls, go wine tasting in the Chianti hills, or hike the trails linking the five towns of the Cinque Terre.

Top 8 attractions in Pisa

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Perhaps one of the world's most beloved architectural mistakes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa's inimitable tilt has made the UNESCO World Heritage site an Italian icon. Travelers flock to snap photos of themselves “holding up” the tilted tower—originally intended as a bell tower for Pisa Cathedral—although you can also ascend the 294-step spiral staircase for stunning views over Pisa.More
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Pisa Cathedral (Duomo)

Pisa Cathedral (Duomo)

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Visitors flock to Pisa’s famous leaning tower, which is part of a magnificent cathedral complex centered around the 17th-century Duomo and adjacent baptistery. A splendid example of Pisan Romanesque architecture, the Duomo’s original and renovated elements include a splendid apse mosaic, ornate pulpit, golden coffered ceiling, and more.More
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Piazza dei Miracoli

Piazza dei Miracoli

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One of the most famous sights in all of Tuscany—perhaps all of Italy—stands in the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. This grassy expanse is home to the city’s cathedral complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Duomo, Monumental Cemetery, and Opera del Duomo Museum. The headliner, however, is the Leaning Tower of Pisa.More
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Pisa Baptistery (Battistero)

Pisa Baptistery (Battistero)

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Pisa’s Leaning Tower may be more famous, but the nearby baptistery (battistero) is equally captivating. Clad in white marble with intricately carved rows of Romanesque and Gothic arches and a cupcake dome, the baptistery is one of the essential sights in the city’s UNESCO-listed cathedral (duomo) complex.More
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Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri)

Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri)

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Pisa’s most famous attraction may be its Leaning Tower, but for centuries its heart was Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri), remodeled by the architect Vasari in the 16th century into a classic example of Renaissance civic planning. Today, the square is home to Pisa’s university in the medieval center.More
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Monumental Cemetery of Pisa (Camposanto Monumentale)

Monumental Cemetery of Pisa (Camposanto Monumentale)

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Italy is home to some of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, including the Monumental Cemetery of Pisa (Camposanto Monumentale). Part of the UNESCO-listed cathedral complex, this Gothic cloister features intricate marble arches encircling a central courtyard, 14th-century frescoes, chapels, and rows of Roman sarcophagi.More
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Church of Santa Maria della Spina (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina)

Church of Santa Maria della Spina (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina)

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Pisa’s exquisite Church of Santa Maria della Spina (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina) is covered in intricate and fanciful stonework, a hallmark of the 14th-century Pisan Gothic style. With its fairytale exterior and magnificent Madonna of the Rose by Andrea and Nino Pisano inside, this church is a tiny gem and the perfect foil to the grandeur of the city’s Duomo.More
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Church of San Sisto (Chiesa di San Sisto)

Church of San Sisto (Chiesa di San Sisto)

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The Church of San Sisto (Chiesa di San Sisto) is one of the oldest in Pisa, and its simple stone facade is an excellent example of early Pisan-Romanesque architecture. Contrast this modest masterpiece with another of Pisa's attractions, the ornate Gothic Duomo, by taking a guided tour of both.More

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Top activities in Pisa

Cinque Terre tour in Small Group from Pisa
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Siena and San Gimignano and Chianti wine Small-Group Tour from Pisa
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Chianti Half-day Wine Tour in the Tuscan's Hills from Pisa
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Chianti Lovers Tour- 2 Wineries and SuperTuscan Small Group from Pisa
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Pisa Leaning Tower and Square of Miracles private tour
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Pisa, Lucca and Wine tour

Pisa, Lucca and Wine tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Pisa

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Excellent introduction to Pisa
wogga152, Sep 2019
2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path
He spoke very good English and was happy to answer questions.
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Great to have walked the parts of...
KB L, Apr 2018
Explore Pisa City with Skip-The-Line Leaning Tower Climbing
Also, from different angle, we get to see that the Tower is not a straight tower even if it is upright.
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Wonderful. David was...
legemeaus, Sep 2017
2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path
Would highly recommend if you want to see everything Pisa has to offer the history.
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Nice review of Miracle Square in...
Melinda H, Jun 2016
Best of Pisa Guided Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Entry Ticket
Although I'm not sure I would return to Pisa, this was a nice way to see it and get the most out of it for a single quick trip.
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The whole trip to Pisa and Florence...
HATTON T, May 2017
La Spezia Private Shore Excursion of Pisa and Florence
He spoked very good english and sapnish.
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Great way to spend the day.
CWReview, Aug 2019
La Spezia Private Shore Excursion of Pisa and Florence
It was a great way to see Pisa and Florence in 9 hours.
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The three main things to see in Pisa are all together
Robert Charles I, Jun 2019
Pisa all inclusive: Baptistery, Cathedral and Leaning Tower guided tour
All the main monument attractions of Pisa are in one large area.
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Pisa Perfection
Dls1099, Jul 2018
Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Access
She was born in Pisa, her English is fabulous, she was informative without being boring, and added a bit of humor as well.
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We really enjoyed our tour with...
Ross S, May 2018
2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path
He was very knowledgeable and had good contacts with local people that allowed us access to places for good photo opportunities and to see the hidden wonders of Pisa.
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This was my absolute favorite tour...
Lexie H, Apr 2018
Explore Pisa City with Skip-The-Line Leaning Tower Climbing
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough if you only have a few hours and want to see as much of Pisa as possible.
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Pisa was a nice place to visit, but...
James G, Oct 2016
Best of Pisa Guided Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Entry Ticket
Pisa was a nice place to visit, but to be honest, once you have done the Leaning Tower there isn't much more to see or do I know thats a bad thing to say The tour was great - you meet under the arch near McDonalds - the tour just turn up as they must be doing something else beforehand.
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The guide was really very nice and...
Georgina M, May 2014
Pisa Guided Walking Tour in Miracoli Square
The walking tour was an interesting way to see the main features of Pisa and even though it poured with rain we enjoyed it, the good thing about Pisa is that almost every attraction is in walking distance and the leaning tower, Baptistry and Cathedral are just beautiful far more so than in photographs.
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GREAT TOUR! Many other tour guides...
Gennaro S, Aug 2017
2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path
This tour allows you to see everything, and get a great perspective of Pisa.
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Saw Pisa & Florence in a day!
617amy, Aug 2018
La Spezia Private Shore Excursion of Pisa and Florence
We even went off the beaten path to see some beautiful views of Tuscany.
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I came to Pisa to go up the tower...
Douglas E, May 2017
Best of Pisa Guided Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Entry Ticket
The guide was very good and got us to the Tower in good time to be able to visit the tower.
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Our driver, Carlo, picked us up at...
k.belbeck, Sep 2017
La Spezia Private Shore Excursion of Pisa and Florence
He found parking close by, and directed us precisely when we slipped in to see 'David' for an hour...
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Really interesting tour of the tower...
paulandnia, Jun 2014
Best of Pisa Guided Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Entry Ticket
good way to see bits of Pisa you may ignore otherwise.
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