The best one day trips from Pisa, Italy – a complete guide for the most interesting places to see near Pisa (including how to get there and the most popular tours).
Being very compact city, Pisa is a great base for day trips. The Central train station is conveniently located 1km away from the historic centre. Even if you choose a hotel right in the heart of the city, you can easily walk from there to the train station.
I stayed in Pisa for only two days, so I devoted the first day to exploring the city.
On the second day, I took a day trip to Lucca. It’s a lovely small town, only a 30min train journey away. I’d wish to have more time to explore Tuscany, especially Florence.
Continue reading to find out what are the best places to visit near Pisa, Italy.
Hotel Pisa Tower – Best for families
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Amazing location, only 300m from the Leaning Tower.
Hotel Bologna – Best for couples
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Walkable distance both from the tower and the Central train station.
Relais Pacinotti Apartments and Suites
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Lovely apartments with a beautiful garden in the city’s heart.
If you are still wondering where to book a hotel, check out what is the best area to stay in Pisa.
The most popular day tours from Pisa
If you’re in this part of Italy, Cinque Terre is a must. This is one of the most dramatic coastlines in Italy. Cinque Terre means Five Lands and it comprises five small fishing villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. You’ll be captured by gorgeous beaches and scenic walking trails. Don’t forget to take your round beach towel.
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Explore the scenic villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza. You’ll travel by train for a more authentic experience. The tour includes a knowledgeable guide, all train tickets and the entry fee to the national park of Cinque Terre.
San Gimignano and Siena
Siena and San Gimignano are splendid small towns with fascinating medieval architecture. San Gimignano is famous for its towers and because of them, it’s known as the Town of Fine Towers. Siena is known for its stunning cathedral and huge medieval square.
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Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside and the wine territory of Chianti. Visit San Gimignano and admire the magnificent towers. Take a guided tour of Siena and the see the medieval fortress of Monteriggioni. The tour also includes 2 exclusive wine tastings.
One day trips from Pisa by train
You can plan your journey using the Trenitalia official website. There is no need to buy your train ticket in advance. Just don’t forget to validate it before boarding in the validation box.
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is known for its incredible architecture and magical landscapes. It’s better to have a few days to explore this fabulous city, but if you are pressed by the time, visit Florence for at least a day.
How to get from Pisa to Florence
Take a train from the Central station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (1-hour journey). You can also take a train from S.Rossore, but in most cases, you have to switch the train at the Central station.
Lucca is a small charming city. It is so much nicer than Pisa. Little cobbled streets, lovely houses and towers on every corner, surrounded by intact city walls. This is the only way I can describe Lucca. You can walk or even bike on the city walls!
Don’t miss the beautiful cathedral and the Guinigi Tower, that is topped with ancient olive trees.
If you wonder between Pisa and Lucca for a base in Tuscany, choose Lucca. It is less touristy and so enchanting.
How to get to Lucca from Pisa
Take a train from the Central station (or S.Rossore) to Lucca (a 30min journey). Choose the station that is more convenient to you. The station in Lucca is only 200m away from the old city walls.
You can get to Lucca using the bus, too. Take Vaibus from Pisa P.Za Manin to Piazzale Verdi in Lucca (a 40min journey).
If you feel like going to the beach instead of visiting museums or churches, then Viareggio is the place for you. Started as a medieval fishing village, now the city is a big seaside resort. It’s famous for its long beaches and paper float carnival, that dates back to the 19th century. The Carnival of Viareggio takes place in February.
How to get to Viareggio from Pisa
Take a train from the Central station (or S.Rossore) to Viareggio (a 20 min journey).
Take Vaibus from P.Za Manin to Via L.Da Vinci Civ.284 in Viareggio (a 40min journey).
Pietrasanta is often overlooked by travellers. However, this small picturesque city on the coast of Tuscany deserves at least half a day. Visit the 14th-century marble cathedral, admire the spiral staircase of the bell tower or just taste some mouth-watering seafood.
How to get to Viareggio from Pisa
Take a train from the Central station (or S.Rossore) to Pietrasanta (a 30 min journey).
Visit the world-famous Leaning Tower.
Take a guided tour of Duomo di Pisa.
Find self-guided walking tours and historical insights in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Tuscany.
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