City Guide Pisa, Italy

Visiting Pisa

Located in the Tuscany region in the north of Italy, Pisa is best-know as the home of the world-renowned Leaning Tower. That’s not the only string on the bow of this great city though, as it also boasts a number of other great attractions along with a great selection of bars and restaurants.

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Pisa City Reviews

  • 80%


    The tower and the old city

    Pisa is a nice place to visit, but not for a long stay. The cathedral and the tower are must-see, but after that it is much better to travel with a bus to a beach or to some other place in Tuscany.

    Insider Tip:There are very nice ice cream in the city centre.

  • 40%


    Just a tower!!

    Second time in Pisa, and nothing to do or see once the Tower has been visited. Lots of very typical tourist restaurants, all quite cheap but no real Italian style food or cafes.

    Insider Tip:Worth a visit as a day trip, but would not spend more than 3/4 hours here.

  • 70%


    Can be done in a day!

    We arrived in Pisa at 6pm and left the following day at 2pm, this was ample time to do everything! We had a nice meal in the evening, saw the tower, went up then tower and went to the cathedral the following morning, toured the local markets and had a nice lunch! The city is a little grotty with the exception of the main tourist area.

    Insider Tip:Stay at the Window to the tower B&B! Its easy to find and walkable from the station, get to the river, cross it, head to the tower and then you are basically there!

  • 40%


    It's the tower. That's it.

    Seriously don't expect to stay more than a couple hours here. We spent the day there (although we were at the end of our long trip, so super exhausted) and there was really nothing to do.

  • 60%



    In a nutshell, I was a bit let down by Pisa. Walking round, there is a general feel that some of the vibrancy and life that the rest of Italy has to offer is washed away here. The tower isn't as spectacular as other towers in Tuscany, say for example Giotto's Campanile in Florence. It just happens to be on a lean. Others may disagree and feel more suited to the touristy vibe. I was mostly travelling there to use the airport.

    Insider Tip:I did have a brilliant meal in Pisa though! A set meal with bread, salad, pizza, beer and great service for under 10 euros. It was on the main street leading up to the tower, towards the back though away from the crowds.

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