What to do in Pisa for a day

One day in Pisa itinerary

How to spend one day in Pisa – a complete Pisa itinerary for a perfect 1 day (including where to stay, eat and how to get tickets for the Leaning Tower).

One day in Pisa 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 city’s guide.

How much time do you need to see Pisa

From half a day to one day. It’s 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 it even 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.

It’s a fantastic small hotel, close both to the Central Railway station and the major attractions.

Where to stay in Pisa

Hotel Pisa Tower – Best for families
8.8/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,630+ guest reviews
Amazing location, only 300m from the Leaning Tower.


Hotel Bologna – Best for couples
8.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,270+ guest reviews
Walkable distance both from the tower and the Central train station.


Relais Pacinotti Apartments and Suites
9.6/10 Rating – See apartment images and 180+ guest reviews
Lovely apartments with a beautiful garden in the city’s heart.


See more great hotels in the best places to stay in Pisa.

One day in Pisa itinerary

Morning – Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo

Breakfast

08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Start your Pisa 1 day itinerary with breakfast at Filter Coffee Lab or Pasticceria Cioccorocolato.

Filter Coffee Lab

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

Pasticceria Cioccorocolato

Tower of Pisa

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM
The famous Leaning Tower is part of the religious complex on Cathedral’s Square (Piazza del Duomo). A lesser known fact is that it’s actually a bell tower. Torre di Pisa started to sink during its construction that took about 200 years. Nowadays, due to this flaw, it is the reason why the city is so famous.

You can climb the tower for stunning views over the city.

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.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa Baptistery

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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 Battistero di San Giovanni, 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.

Pisa Baptistery

Pisa Cathedral

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Duomo di Pisa 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 city’s patron saint, 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 a ticket, you have to take a free ticket for a certain time slot from the ticket office.

Pisa Cathedral

Cemetery Campo Santo

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Camposanto Monumentale is built in 1277 to house all the graves around the cathedral. The cemetery is said to be built on sacred soil from Golgotha. From here comes its name – Campo Santo, that means “holy ground”.

Cemetery Campo Santo

Lunch

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Stop for some salami and cheese at I Porci Comodi or L’Ostellino.

I Porci Comodi
I Porci Comodi

Afternoon – Squares and palaces

The Knights’ Square

02:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Piazza dei Cavalieri 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.

Knights' Square

Gelateria De’ Coltelli

02:30 PM – 03:00 PM
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 the city.

Gelateria De' Coltelli

Palazzo Blu

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
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

Church of Santa Maria della Spina

04:10 PM – 04:20 PM
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina is a small 14th-century church in a Pisan Gothic style.

Church of Santa Maria della Spina

Corso Italia

04:30 PM
Finish the itinerary one day in Pisa with a stroll on the main shopping street, Corso Italia.

Corso Italia

Dinner

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

Ristorante alle Bandierine

What to see in Pisa in 1 day – more ideas

Jewish cemetery

Cimitero Ebraico 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.

Jewish cemetery

City Walls of Pisa

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

City Walls of Pisa

Take a 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.

Getting around Pisa

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

Further reading for your trip

Find self-guided walking tours and historical insights in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Tuscany.

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One Reply to “What to do in Pisa for a day”

  1. We were so happy we booked tickets for the tower in advance! Saved a lot of queuing. Don’t forget to put your bags into the cloakroom before you go up the tower.

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