How to spend one day in Pisa – a full guide to the most famous attractions.
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.
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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
Start your Pisa 1 day itinerary with a breakfast at Filter Coffee Lab or Pasticceria Cioccorocolato.
If you have a sweet tooth, I’d recommend you 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.
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.
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.
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”.
12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Stop for some salami and cheese at I Porci Comodi or L’Ostellino.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finish the itinerary one day in Pisa with a stroll on the main shopping street in Pisa, Corso Italia.
Have a dinner at Ristorante alle Bandierine or Ir Tegame Spaghetteria.
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.
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.
Walk along the Arno river at night
The spectacular coastline of the Ligurian Riviera and Cinque Terre
Explore the charming villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Vernazza.
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.
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
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