10 essential places to see in Pisa


This list of places to see in Pisa It is designed for travelers who do not want to miss any of the attractions of one of the oldest and most famous cities in Italy.
This small city, which runs perfectly in one day, is known throughout the world for its Leaning Tower located in the no less impressive Piazza dei Miracoli, although beyond this square and its fantastic buildings, we assure you that in a walk through its streets, you will find a city with a beautiful historical center full of charming corners.

Based on the time we spent in the city during our trip to Florence in 5 days and on the trip to Cinque Terre, we have made a list of what we think, are the 10 essential places to visit in Pisa. We start!

1. The Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower is one of the most visited monuments in Italy and one of the most essential places to see in Pisa. In reality, the tower is nothing more than the bell tower of the Duomo, since in Italy it is customary that it is not integrated into the church building.
The famous inclination of about 4 degrees began at the beginning of the construction in the year 1173, product of the clay soil and the shallow depth of the foundations and after 177 years, the construction of the 8-story tower and the bell tower was completed, reaching a height of 55 meters.
In 1990 it was closed to stabilize the tower and prevent its fall, a process and some works that lasted for 20 years, reopening to the public in 2011.
As a curiosity, it is said that Galileo Galilei demonstrated one of his theories, throwing from the top of the tower two cannon balls.

To climb the tower and enjoy its views it is advisable to book the entrance in advance, having a limited number of daily visits. You can also try your luck and go to the ticket office very soon, just in front of the Tower, so that they give you time to climb during that same day.

A good option for a similar price is to book this entrance to the Leaning Tower with which you will avoid the long lines of the tower and the cathedral, especially in high season.
Visiting hours: every day from mid-June to August from 8am to 10pm. From April to mid-June from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other months from 9am to 6pm.

2. The Cathedral

Located in the middle of the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Cathedral or Duomo, is another of the places to visit in Pisa more beautiful. This building, built in 1063 thanks to a spoils of war, stands out for its pristine white and gray marble facade and a huge solid bronze door.
Inside, clad in black and white marbles, you can see two rows of impressive Corinthian-style columns from Elba Island and a wooden ceiling, mosaics, decorations and its great jewel, Giovanni Pisano's pulpit, which make It is worth entering and spending an hour enjoying this amazing art show.
A good option to know the history of the cathedral and Piazza dei Miracoli is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish.
Visiting hours: every day from April to October from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The rest of the months close around 5pm.

Piazza Garibaldi, one of the places to visit in Pisa

10. Borgo Stretto

Borgo Stretto is the most charming alley in the historic center and another of the essential places to visit in Pisa.
This old street still maintains the medieval character with its rustic buildings of the fourteenth and fifteenth century and exclusive shops located within the arcades.
In addition to walking around the alley, you can not miss two of its best known corners: Salza pastry shop, which serves delicious chocolate and coffee cakes and the Ghibellina bookstore.

How to get to Pisa

To arrive to Pisa by plane, it is best to land at the Pisa Airport, located 3 kilometers away or at the Florence airport, located 85 kilometers away.
If you land at Pisa Airport, you just have to take the train that will take you in 5 minutes to the central station for 1.50 euros.
In case of being in Florence, the best option by public transport to get to Pisa is the train from the Santa Maria Novella Station making a journey of one hour for a price lower than 9 euros.

If you have a day and are staying in Florence an interesting option to get to know the history of the city is to book this excursion to Pisa with a guide in Spanish in which you can include the entrance to the Leaning Tower and in which you will be picked up In your hotel.
Another good alternative from Florence is to book this excursion to Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena with a guide in Spanish, where you will meet two of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany.
For more information about the transfer you can consult this post on how to go from Florence to Pisa.

Map of the best places to visit in Pisa

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