Things To See in Pisa, Italy

Pisa Things To See

While the Leaning Tower is without a doubt the city’s main draw, you’ll also find other attractions well-worth checking out while in Pisa. This includes museums, parks and a selection of ornate churches. Shoppers will enjoy the variety of merchandise on offer at stores around the city, while those looking to save a few quid will be happy to know that there are some great free things to do while visiting the city.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the world’s iconic sights and is one thing you have to see while in Pisa. Located on the Piazza del Duomo it is surrounded by some other great things to see including the Cathedral and the Battistero. The square also boasts two museums and a host of souvenir stalls.

To see the city’s green side, check out the Orto botanico di Pisa. These botanic gardens are run by the University of Pisa and play host to exotic plants, ancient trees and more. Another pretty place to check out is Giardino Scotto Park. It’s free to visit this open park area which holds open-air concerts and movies, and has its own playground.

To sample Pisa’s retail offerings, check out Corso Italia. This is the city’s main shopping street and is lined by well-known national and international brands. Across the river from Corso Italia, you’ll find Borgo Stretto, another important shopping stretch. For the best fresh fruit and vegetables, head to the old-school market on Piazza delle Vettovaglie.

Speaking of piazzas, you should definitely try to check out some of Pisa’s bustling squares while in town. In Piazza Martiri delle Liberta close to the Leaning Tower or Piazza Dante near the University, you’ll find plenty of locals hanging out on the numerous benches or under the tall trees.

Attractions in Pisa

  • The Leaning Tower

    Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy

    One of the most iconic attractions in the entire world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is quite a sight. Built in the 12th century to serve as the cathedral’s bell tower, the Tower’s incredibly noticeable southwestwardly slant attracts huge numbers of visitors. Take a picture as you ‘hold up the tower’ or climb the almost 300 steps to check out the view from the top.

    Open daily, Nov-Feb 10am-5pm, Mar 9am-6pm, Apr-Sept 8am-8pm, Oct 9am-7pm; admission €15.

  • Orto botanico di Pisa

    Via Luca Ghini 5, Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy

    Opened at its present location in 1591, Pisa’s botanic garden is run by the University of Pisa and is a great spot for a wander. Here you’ll come across colourful flowers, tropical greenhouses and prickly cacti. There’s also a trail of 12 different ancient trees, along with numerous paths to follow in amongst the greenery.

    Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-1pm, closed Sun; admission €2.50.

  • Battistero

    Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy

    To get the most out of a visit to the Barristero or Baptistery, time your arrival to coincide on the hour or half hour. At these times, one of the security guards steps forward and lets loose a string of vocalisations to demonstrate the structure’s awesome acoustics. Founded in 1153, it is the largest baptismal building in all of Italy.

    Open daily, Nov-Feb 10am-5pm, Mar 9am-6pm, Apr-Sept 8am-8pm, Oct 9am-7pm; admission €5.

  • Museo di San Matteo

    Piazza San Matteo in Soarta, San Francesco, Pisa, Italy

    Sprawled out across three floors, this museum is filled with a varied collection including statues, coins, plaster work, paintings and more. Religious art is quite prevalent, with a number of crosses from as far back as the 12th century on display.

    Open Tues-Sun 9am-7pm, closed Mon; admission €5.

  • Camposanto

    Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy

    From intricate headstones to intriguing statues, the Camposanto is another of the top-notch attractions to check out in Pisa’s Field of Miracles. This monumental cemetery is a good spot for a stroll and its cool interior provides a nice escape from the heat outside. It’s the resting place of some of the city’s most notable citizens including members of the Medici family.

    Open daily, Nov-Feb 10am-5pm, Mar 9am-6pm, Apr-Sept 8am-8pm, Oct 9am-7pm; admission €5.

  • Giardino Scotto Park

    Lungarno Fibonacci, San Martino, Pisa, Italy

    Found inside the converted fortress of Cittadella Nuova, this park is a must while in Pisa. Home to a bunch of cats and host of numerous outdoor concerts and movie nights, Giardino Scotto also boasts everything from tall palm trees to bouncy mini-trampolines in the playground area.

    Open daily Nov-Jan 9.30am-4.30pm, Feb-Mar & Oct 9am-6pm, Apr 9am-7pm, May-Jun & Sept 9am-8pm, Jul-Aug 8am-8pm; admission free.

  • Piazza Martiri delle Liberta

    San Francesco, Pisa, Italy

    This open square is filled with grassy areas, benches and lots of people who camp out around the square during daylight hours chatting and eating. Surrounded by tall trees, the square has lots of great shaded areas, perfect for taking a break from the sun while wandering around close to the Leaning Tower.

  • La Cittadella

    , Pisa, Italy

    Originally built in the early 15th century, parts of Pisa’s citadel had to be rebuilt following WWII. Today, it’s a good place to go for a stroll while you take in the old-school architecture of the fortress and check out the great views down the Arno River.

  • Corso Italia

    San Martino, Pisa, Italy

    Pisa’s most popular shopping street, Corso Italia is home to a mix of both local and international brand names including Intimissi, Benneton and more. The street is flanked on both sides by tall buildings, many sporting the city’s trademark green shutters. Lots of benches are scattered along either side of the street, a great place to sit for a breather in between stores.

  • Pisanova

    Via Venezia Giulia 19, San Michele, Pisa, Italy

    This shopping centre is located about 15 minutes by bus from the city centre and is spread out across two floors. Shops include big name international brands like Benneton and Italian brands like Original Marines. Electronic, jewellery and flowers can also be purchased in the cool, bright and popular mall.

    Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-8pm.

  • Borgo Stretto

    Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy

    Another of the main central shopping streets in Pisa, Borgo Stretto is a pedestrian-friendly street so you can wander along the street and window shop to your heart’s content here. Stores lining the street include a selection of top national and international offerings with everything from fashion to children’s toys available to buy.

  • Piazza delle Vettovaglie

    Santa Maria, Pisa, Italy

    Sporting not only a great selection of smaller boutiques and stores, this well-loved square also boasts numerous stalls and one of the most popular food markets in the city. In Piazza delle Vettovaglie, you’ll be able to get your hands on clothes, shoes, accessories and household items, along with a colourful array of fruits and vegetables.

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