Pisa is best known for its famous Leaning Tower, but this beautiful city has so much more to offer. Steeped in history and cultural richness, there are many amazing things to do in Pisa. You’ll be surprised to learn of all the activities this place holds. From the Camposanto Monumentale to strolling along the Arno River, there’s something here for everyone. Get ready to explore all the wonders of this Tuscan city, just a short ride away from Florence, Lucca, and Siena.
Visit the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles)
Things to do in Pisa may be limited to only a few locations, but there’s still plenty to see within these places. The Piazza dei Miracoli – or Square of Miracles- is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cathedral (Duomo), and Baptistery. The combined pale structures of these buildings create a beautiful cityscape. The best way to explore all of the landmarks within the Piaza dei Miracoli is through a Pisa guided tour.
Find out all there is to see and do within Piazza dei Miracoli:
Take Iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa Photos
The charm of Pisa may extend beyond this famous landmark. However, let’s face it, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the main reason you’re here. One of the best travel experiences on your Tuscany itinerary should be taking creative photos by this tower. Whether you’re a solo traveler or on your honeymoon, be sure to take this Pisa from Florence Tour, with an option to climb the Leaning Tower itself. Your guide will answer questions like ‘Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean?’ and impart other valuable insight.
Perhaps join us for our Best of Tuscany Day Tour – which introduces you to the region’s flavors as well as historical gems.
Duomo di Pisa (Cathedral)
If you’re fascinated by history, culture, and architecture, a visit to Duomo di Pisa is a must. Marvel at the exceptional exterior, complete with Gothic influences and medieval facades. This Roman Catholic church was designed by Buscheto and later completed by Rainaldo. Explore the cathedral’s interior dome, coffered ceilings, and remarkable artwork.
Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery)
Adjacent to the cathedral sits the Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery), another architectural masterpiece. Admire this impressive dome and pulpit boasting Pisan Romanesque design. This is the largest baptistery in Italy and was built before the iconic Leaning Tower making it one of the best things to see in Pisa.
Moreover, if you are visiting from Florence – home to the octagonal Baptistery of San Giovanni – consider taking our Tuscany Sunrise, San Gimignano, Lucca & Pisa Tour. On this tour, you’ll revel in hilltop views and local cuisine, and find out what Tuscany is known for.
Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery)
Known as the Monumental Cemetery, the Campo Santo is a sacred burial ground adorned with centuries-old tombs and frescoes. This is one of the less conventional things to see in Pisa. Nonetheless, it offers a serene ambiance for ‘tombstone tourists’ or those interested in cryptic history.
Bonus: Climb Up the 294 Steps of the Leaning Tower!
Additionally, you can climb to the very top of the Leaning Tower and witness marvelous views from above. With this Pisa Tour, you’ll have the option to acquire skip-the-line tickets and ascend the 294 steps. This amazing opportunity will elevate your experience, offering you a greater look into one of the world’s most famous structures.
Things to Do in Pisa Other than the Tower
Things to do in Pisa go beyond the Leaning Tower, and so should you. Explore Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, a small Gothic church built in 1230. Also, take a stroll along Borgo Stretto – Pisa’s main shopping area and buy some novelty souvenirs for your loved ones. Stop at Piazza dei Cavalieri – the second main square – and learn why its other name is ‘Knight’s Square’.
Moreover, you may think that the Arno River only flows along Florence’s charming streets, but it snakes through Pisa too. A walk along the Arno is one of the best ways to unwind after a long day of Tuscan sightseeing. For more indoor options, visit the Pisa Botanical Gardens for its beautiful greenhouse and admire some great collections at the National Museum of San Matteo.
Explore Pisa and the Rest of Tuscany with Us
With so many things to do in Tuscany – from the countryside to urban escapes -it’s hard to know exactly where to start. However, our Tuscany tours are led by local experts who’ll guide you every step of the way. Wander the magical streets of Lucca and Siena, and taste the best Italian coffee in Florence.
If you’re based in Florence, visit Pisa with this tour from Florence or this 3-day Best of Tuscany & Cinque Terre Tour. You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive Tuscany Sunrise, San Gimignano, Lucca & Pisa Tour, showcasing best of the region. Check out all our Tuscan hotels for luxurious accommodations to make your trip here the most memorable it can be.