Pisa Pocket Guide

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Best-known as the home of the Leaning Tower, Pisa presents you with a clear impression of green shutters and bustling piazzas, along with its more iconic sights. Bisected by the Arno River, Pisa is divided into four main historical quarters and each one has its own specific draws. Sunshine, great food and friendly conversation are all found in abundance here, so if you're heading to Northern Italy make sure to add Pisa to your list of destinations to check out.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out where to go for top Tuscan dishes, cheap lunch specials and more...
  • Don't Miss From the Leaning Tower to the Botanic Gardens, we bring you Pisa's top attractions...
  • Pisa for Free Learn how to save money on bottled water in Pisa and much more...
  • A Day in Pisa... Read how we spent the perfect day in this city in Northern Italy

Pisa City Reviews

  • 20%


    Terrible experience in Pisa

    I had my first melt down on my solo trip here. The people are not friendly and there is nothing to do except the leaning tower of pisa. Pisa is not a place that needs much time to explore. It was really cheap to get to La Spenzia to do the hikes in Cinque Terre though.

    Insider Tip:Do as quick stop if you are really dying to see the leaning tower.You will need a max of 20 min in this city.

  • 40%


    Prime location but that's about it...

    This B&B doesn't mean the expectation of bed and breakfast, as there wasn't any breakfast yet the confirmation booking says 'breakfast included'. When we asked about this we were told there's a kitchen we can use. MISLEADING. The positives was that there was Wi-Fi which worked well, clean and decent rooms with comfortable beds (however, we did have to wait 15mins upon arrival for the rooms...UNORGANISED), shared bathrooms and walking distance to the centre, sights and train station.

    Insider Tip:Avoid booking this accommodation unless you're use to staying somewhere where you're pretty much left to your own devices. It was as if we were staying in someone's house without the hospitality. Glad we only stayed 1 night, had an odd vibe.

  • 60%


    Ruined by tourism...

    I visited Pisa 7 years ago for a day and was quite enamoured with it, found a tiny unassuming restaurant that served the best carpaccio I've ever tasted, then lay beside the tower listening to a guy and his guitar, lovely atmosphere. Not this time, it was busier and it was FILTHY! We retraced our footsteps to the restaurant which now sports a tacky neon sign above the entrance, we visited another LP recommendation which didn't disappoint, but it's not the pretty atmospheric city of before!

  • 40%



    Worth a stop to see the tower but extremely overrated. All the bars and restaurants close at 8pm and there is literally NO NIGHT LIFE. I'm not just talking clubs and bars, but walks and pubs and shows/entertainment. There is genuinely nothing to do in Pisa, which is a real shame because its a beautiful city.

    Insider Tip:Do Pisa in a day - don't stay the night as there's nowhere to eat, drink or hang out after 8pm!

  • 60%



    Very little to do in Pisa. Pisa doesn't look all that appealing once you come out of the train station. Once you've made your way to the Leanjng Tower and Duomo and looked around the markets, we felt we had seen as much as we wanted to.

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