Where to stay in Pisa – a quick guide to the best area and places to stay in Pisa (including hand-picked hotels near the Leaning Tower or the airport).
Where to Stay in Pisa, Italy? How to choose the best location for your Tuscany trip?
To choose the perfect area you should take into account your travel plans. How long will you stay in the city? Will you use it as a base to travel around? Are you departing very early in the morning?
For my trip, I chose an accommodation between Arno River and the Central train station. This area is only about 1,5km from the airport and 500m from the Central train station. This perfectly suited my needs. I planned to spend 1 day in Pisa and to take a day trip on the following day.
I arrived very late in the evening, almost midnight and I could easily reach my accommodation on foot. Having the train station nearby allowed me to take an early train to Lucca for a day trip. And the Leaning Tower was only 1km away!
It has a great location, yet quiet at night. The rooms are charming and the breakfast offers a variety of salty and sweet selection. The perfect base to explore Pisa and Tuscany.
The best hotels near Leaning Tower of Pisa
What are the best hotels near the Leaning Tower? Is it easy to find a good hotel in the city centre or close to the tower?
The Leaning Tower is right in the heart of the city, so booking an accommodation around it is a great choice. You’d be close to all landmarks, restaurants and bars. You’ll have no problems going back to your hotel after a lovely dinner or a romantic walk along the Arno river in the evening.
Finding a good hotel near the tower is a whole different story. Most of the hotels that have fantastic views of the tower are in very poor condition and dirty. I had a really hard time finding a few decent ones.
Yet, while it is hard to find a decent hotel, there is plenty of very nice B&B close to the Leaning Tower. Although they don’t have all the hotel facilities, these gorgeous B&B have a better location. They also provide breakfast that will keep you full throughout the morning.
The best family hotels near Pisa Tower
The hotel is located just outside the old city’s walls, 300m from the Leaning Tower. The ideal position to start your day with a visit to the tower. The hotel features a garden with a seating area. It’s a perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
B&B 7 Rooms is located in the city centre, 300m away from the tower. You can have your breakfast on the rooftop terrace while enjoying the fantastic view over the city.
The best couple hotels near Pisa Tower
Hotel Di Stefano is about 500m away from the tower, right in the city centre. The location is perfect if you want to explore the city. All good restaurants and bars are few steps away, plus you are still close to the Leaning Tower. The hotel has a large rooftop terrace with sun loungers and fantastic views over the city and the tower.
Il Campanile B&B is one of the closest accommodations near Leaning Tower. It is located 100m away, just around the corner from the tower. The B&B features furnished apartments in classic Tuscan-style and a garden with a seating area.
Hotels near Pisa airport and Central train station
Are there any good hotels near Pisa airport, Italy? Is it better to stay close to the airport or to choose accommodation in the city centre? Whether you will stay close to the airport or in the city centre, it depends on your travelling plans.
How to get from Pisa International Airport to the city centre
The International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) is the main airport in Tuscany. The airport and the Central train station are less than a kilometre from each other. The city centre is about a 2km walk from the airport itself.
Although the distance is not long, there is a lack of convenient public transport. Thus, I’d recommend you stay close to the airport or Central train station only if you have an early flight or plan to use the city as a base for day trips.
There is no direct connection between the airport and the city centre. You can take either a taxi or Pisa mover. The Pisa mover takes you to the Central train station. From there you could walk to the city centre or take a bus.
Having this in mind, the better option is to book a hotel near the tower. Yet if your plans include an early morning flight or transfer to another city, take a look at these hand-picked B&Bs and hotels close to the airport.
Blue Shades ApartHotel is located only 500m from the International Airport. It has all you need for a comfortable short stay. The location is unbeatable, you can walk from your hotel to the airport or the Central train station.
Hotel Alessandro Della Spina is a small family run hotel, situated just next to the Central train station. In a short walk from the hotel, you can reach the station or take the Pisa mover from there to the airport. The best part is that the city centre is at a walkable distance, too.
This Bnb has a brilliant location, only 200m from the Galileo Galilei Airport. It’s a very convenient accommodation near the airport. The B&B also provides a bike hire service, thus you won’t have any problem going to the city centre.
More places to stay in Pisa, Italy
There are two main good central areas to stay for sightseeing and shopping. No matter what you’ll choose, you’ll be at a walking distance from the main attractions.
Pisa Historic Centre
If you are visiting the city for a few days and your plans include mostly leisurely sightseeing and enjoying Italian food, choose the Historic Centre. You’ll have all the landmarks close at hand. The Leaning Tower will be no more than 700m away. Most of the good restaurants are around, too.
However, there is only one downside, going to the airport is not very convenient. There isn’t any direct public transport. You have to take the city bus to the Central train station. From there you have to take the Pisa mover to the airport. Another option is to use a taxi.
Choose Pisa Historic Centre
If you want to be in the heart of the action and close to the tower.
- All must-see sites are within a few minutes walk.
- You can easily reach the Leaning Tower early in the morning to beat the crowds of tourists.
- San Rossore railway station is nearby, so taking day trips is not difficult at all. Keep in mind that for some trips you’d have to change the train at the Central train station.
- The area is filled with lovely places to eat. Start your day with tasty Italian coffee at Filter Coffee Lab. For lunch go to I Porci Comodi and for dinner – Ristorante alle Bandierine.
The best accommodation in Pisa Historic Centre
Beautifully decorated rooms with a central location.
Entirely renovated B&B in the Historic Centre.
A B&B with an elegant design overlooking Chiesa di Santa Caterina di Alessandria.
Lovely apartments featuring a nice garden.
The south bank of Arno River
It is a delight to look at the Leaning Tower from your hotel’s window. However choosing any of the numerous hotels near the tower, may not be the most convenient option for you.
The area between Arno River and the Central train station is the perfect one if you are visiting Pisa for a short time. This is also the better choice if you want to use the city as a base to explore Tuscany.
Choose the south bank of Arno River
If you plan to spend a little time in the city or need an easy connection to the airport or the train station.
- The Central train station is super close.
- If you don’t have checked luggage, you can even walk (1,5km) to the airport from here. Otherwise, take the Pisa mover from the train station.
- The main landmarks are less than one kilometre away.
The best hotels on Arno’s south bank
4-star hotel housed in a stylish Tuscan palace.
A small charming B&B located in the main pedestrian shopping area.
A modern B&B close to Central train station.