What to do in Pisa for a day

Places to visit in Pisa in 1 day itinerary

How to spend one day in Pisa – a full guide to the most famous attractions.

Places to visit in Pisa in 1 day itinerary

What are the most popular tourist sites? Which attractions should you include in your itinerary if you have only 1 day in Pisa? Find all the answers in this complete guide to Pisa.

How much time do you need to see Pisa

From half a day to one day. Pisa is not a big city, so one day is pretty much enough to see it. You’ll even have time left for shopping. If you’re short on time you can do Pisa in half a day.

How much time I spent

During my trip, I spared one day for Pisa and made a day trip to Lucca. It’s a small charming city on a 30 min journey from Pisa.

Where to stay in Pisa for sightseeing

Hotel Pisa Tower – it has an amazing location, only 300m from the Leaning Tower.

8.8/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,630+ guest reviews


Hotel Bologna – is in the historic centre of Pisa. It is situated on a walkable distance both from the Pisa Tower and the Central train station. The location is very convenient if you’re arriving by train.

8.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,270+ guest reviews


Relais Pacinotti Apartments and Suites – lovely apartments with a beautiful garden in the heart of Pisa.

9.6/10 Rating – See apartment images and 180+ guest reviews


If you are still wondering where to book a hotel, check out where to stay in Pisa.

One day in Pisa itinerary

Morning – See the Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo

08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Breakfast

Start your Pisa 1 day itinerary with a breakfast at Filter Coffee Lab or Pasticceria Cioccorocolato.

Filter Coffee Lab
Filter Coffee Lab

If you have a sweet tooth, I’d recommend you Pasticceria Cioccorocolato.

Pasticceria Cioccorocolato

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa)

The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is part of the religious complex on Cathedral’s Square (Piazza del Duomo). Lesser known fact is that it’s actually a bell tower. The tower started to sink during its construction that took about 200 years. Nowadays, due to this flaw, it is the reason why the city of Pisa is so famous.

You can climb the tower for stunning views over the city. It is better to book a ticket for Pisa Tower in advance. You’ll have to choose a certain time slot for your visit. If you don’t book in advance, you’ll have to wait for the next free time slot, that could be hours later.

Tower of Pisa

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Pisa Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)

This white marble baptistery was founded in 1152. Due to its construction on the same unstable soil as the tower, the Baptistery is also leaning slightly.

To visit it, buy the combined ticket for Baptistery and Camposanto. Every half an hour a guard comes out and sings for a minute, so you could hear the extraordinary acoustics of this place.

To learn more about the largest baptistery in Italy, take this guided tour of Piazza dei Miracoli.

Pisa Baptistery

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Pisa Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa)

The cathedral is the largest building of the religious complex on this square. Its construction started in 1063 and almost a hundred years later it was consecrated. The cathedral houses the relics of the patron saint of Pisa, Saint Rainerius.

It is free to visit it if you have bought a ticket to any of the other buildings of the complex (Leaning Tower, Baptistery or Camposanto). If you don’t have such ticket, you have to take a free ticket for a certain time slot from the ticket office.

Pisa Cathedral

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Cemetery Campo Santo (Camposanto Monumentale)

The cemetery is built in 1277 to house all the graves around the cathedral. The cemetery is said to be built on a sacred soil from Golgotha. From here comes its name – Campo Santo, that means “holy ground”.

Cemetery Campo Santo

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Lunch

Stop for some salami and cheese at I Porci Comodi or L’Ostellino.

I Porci Comodi
I Porci Comodi

Afternoon – Explore the area along Arno river

02:00 PM – 02:30 PM

The Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri) and Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri (Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri)

The Knights’ Square once used to be the heart of the city, where everybody was gathering around to discuss political and everyday matters. The square was known as Square of the seven streets (Piazza delle sette vie).

On the square, you’ll see the beautiful Palazzo della Carovana and Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri. The Order of the Knights of St. Stephen used the palace as headquarters. Cosimo I de’ Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany, founded this order to fight the pirates in the Mediterranean Sea in the 16th century.

The Knights' Square

02:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Gelateria De’ Coltelli

Stop for some delicious ice cream at Gelateria De’ Coltelli. They offer different flavours every day and their gelato is one of the best in Pisa.

Gelateria De' Coltelli

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Palazzo Blu

Palazzo Blu is a small palace from the middle of the 14th century, turned into a museum. The well-preserved apartments are decorated with works of Italian artists.

Palazzo Blu

04:10 PM – 04:20 PM

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

Church of Santa Maria della Spina is a small 14th-century church in a Pisan Gothic style.

Church of Santa Maria della Spina

04:30 PM

Corso Italia

Finish the itinerary one day in Pisa with a stroll on the main shopping street in Pisa, Corso Italia.

Corso Italia

Dinner

Have a dinner at Ristorante alle Bandierine or Ir Tegame Spaghetteria.

Ristorante alle Bandierine
Ristorante alle Bandierine

What else to see in Pisa

Jewish cemetery (Cimitero Ebraico)

It is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. You can visit it only on Sunday from 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Wednesday afternoon.

Just outside the cemetery, you can find a market with the cheapest souvenirs in Pisa.

Jewish cemetery

City Walls of Pisa (Mura di Pisa)

The City Walls of Pisa date back to the 12th century. You can take a walk on them and see the city in a different perspective. They are open only the first weekend of every month.

City Walls of Pisa

Walk along the Arno river at night

Arno river at night

The spectacular coastline of the Ligurian Riviera and Cinque Terre

Explore the charming villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Vernazza.

Tuscan countryside

Take a day tour to the picturesque San Gimignano and the medieval Siena.

Take a day trip to Lucca

Visit the charming city of Lucca and see its marvellous cathedral and intact city walls. See more day trips from Pisa by train.

Cathedral of Lucca
Cathedral of Lucca

Getting around the city

You can tour Pisa on foot, as the main sights are located around the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

What to do in Pisa for a day – map

Map


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