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Pisa

More than just its tower, this Italian city has plenty to offer, from bustling bars to Renaissance piazzas.

Our most recommended things to do in Pisa

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

2. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

3. Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Embark on a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and enter into the iconic Pisa Cathedral. Go inside the cathedral's baptistery and enjoy the option of climbing the Leaning Tower for unparalleled views of the city. Learn about the tower's history from your local guide. Start your tour by discovering all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which the Cathedral dominates. Follow your tour guide inside the Cathedral and admire its decorations and gaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Also enter the baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo (replaced with the cemetery if inaccessible that day). Focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, which you will have the opportunity to climb (if the option is selected).

From Livorno: Bus Transfer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

4. From Livorno: Bus Transfer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

See the Tower of Pisa and other marble monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles") in Pisa with a convenient round-trip bus transfer from Livorno city center. Journey to the Renaissance city of Pisa, where you will have 2.5 hours to explore the Leaning Tower of Pisa and landmark attractions of the Piazza dei Miracoli on your own. Get a free city map to help you find your way. Considered one of the finest architectural complexes in the world, the square is an open-air museum to European medieval art. After 2.5 hours in Pisa, hop back on the bus to Livorno and get dropped off at your departure point.

From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

5. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. Leave Florence and travel to Pisa in the afternoon, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. After, enjoy a scenic transfer back to Livorno.

Livorno: Escorted Shore Excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower

6. Livorno: Escorted Shore Excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower

As your cruise arrives in Livorno, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a half-day shore excursion exploring Pisa, a beautiful city approximately 30 minutes from the port. Once in Pisa, you will enjoy a short walk with your expert guide to Miracle Square, where you will find the most precious jewels of Pisa. To access, you'll pass through the Santa Maria gate, one of the entrances of the old wall that used to surround the city. From there you will be enchanted by the beautiful construction, including the white marble of the cathedral and baptistery, and the green grass where you can lie down to admire the astonishing monuments which surround you. You will be free to explore this treasure of Tuscany at your own pace and discover its secrets and history with the stories that your tour leader will tell you during your bus ride. At your tour's conclusion, you will be returned to the port of Livorno.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

7. From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Visit Pisa with this shore excursion from La Spezia. Upon debarking, you will take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal to travel to the local partner's bus. Once having boarded, it will be time to begin your tour of Pisa. You will walk through Piazza Dei Miracoli to admire its monuments, including the Leaning Tower, the cathedral, the baptistery, and much more. After a short walk you will have free time to enjoy an ice cream tasting before relaxing by the central square. You'll also be welcome to visit inside the Leaning Tower with the purchase of a ticket. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll return to La Spezia to re-board your ship.

Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

8. Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

Discover the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvellous square which is dominated by the Cathedral. Enter the Cathedral and see the Pisa Romanesque architecture. Admire the celebrated Leaning Tower, the round-shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades and its Camposanto, originally a cemetery, an extraordinary quadrangular cloister. Your guide will focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world.  After your 1-hour guided tour of the Square, you'll have the opportunity to climb the Leaning Tower. 

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

9. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

Depart from Rome and head out into the rolling Tuscan countryside on your full-day sightseeing adventure. During the journey, learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. Arrive in Pisa and visit the UNESCO-listed Piazza Dei Miracoli, where the Pisan Romanesque-style cathedral is located. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and stop to take some photos for your vacation album. Spend some free time exploring the city, then hop back on board the bus and continue the tour to Florence. Florence is a stunning city that burst with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more.  Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Don’t forget to stop at a local café to sample some delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts before hopping back on the bus, where you can soak up stunning countryside views on the return to Rome.

Pisa: Guided Tour with Optional Tower Tickets

10. Pisa: Guided Tour with Optional Tower Tickets

Marvel at Pisa's most famous monuments on a guided walking tour. Skip the queues and learn the history behind the four great religious buildings: Pisa Cathedral, Pisa Baptistry, the famous Leaning Tower, and the Museum. Start your tour in the Square of Miracles and explore the finest architecture of one of the world's most famous religious centers. Step into the cathedral and admire the magnificent marble mosaics and pointed arches towering above you, while your guide highlights the Tuscan artistry and strong Byzantine influence. Admire the largest baptistery ever built in Italy with its enigmatic style. Hear its acoustics led by the duty officer every 30 minutes, making the baptistery a monumental musical instrument. You can also pre-reserve your entry tickets and enjoy the highlight of every tour in Pisa, climbing the famous leaning tower.  Learn from your guide about why the tower started to lean and hear the fascinating story behind the famous name. Climb up 251 steps and explore this medieval bell tower. Choose to stay longer with your tower tickets to visit the Museum and have a break at the exclusive terraces with views of the Square of Miracles.

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What people are saying about Pisa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,518 reviews

Sara (guide) and Fabio (driver) were excellent. We never felt lost, even though each stop went by very quickly. Sara kept us engaged to whichever degree we wanted, and read the room to keep our energy up or let us rest. She was extremely kind, informed, and personable. English speakers will be able to communicate with Sara seamlessly! Other travelers: 1) Eat breakfast before you board! Our group was hungry; 2) Bring sunscreen - the Tuscan sun is no joke!; 3) Pack snacks; 4) Come prepared with lots of 1 Euro and 50 cent coins for public restrooms and factor in wait time; 5) You're able to keep items on the bus, so bring a bigger bag to store your souvenirs and a smaller bag to carry with you; 6) You'll have time to nap and relax on the bus, but never longer than 2 hours at at time; 7) You may think you won't have enough time in Pisa, but for real you only need 30 minutes so this is the perfect way to see it; 8) The meeting point at the train station uses "Walkabout" NOT "GetYourGuide."

We really enjoyed this excursion. Manolo was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable but also just good at keeping the group together and moving along on the itinerary. I enjoyed all of our stops, but I especially liked Siena where the local guide shared a lot of fun details about Siena’s history and their church was absolutely beautiful. We also really enjoyed the winery and lunch - it was worth paying the extra for this part in my opinion! It is a lot of walking, including to the pick up and drop off locations for the buses since they can only get so close to city centers, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes!

This was fantastic. Out of our two week trip in Italy this was up there in terms of our favorite activity for myself and my husband. Our tour leader was Alessandro, who was funny, personable, very informative and kept our large group together and moving seemingly with ease. And our bus driver Nando was fantastic as well! We loved all of the stops and the lunch and wine were delicious plus a very fun time to meet the other travelers. If you are considering booking this, definitely go for it, especially if this is your first time in the area, you’ll have a great time!

What an amazing trip this was. Special thanks go to Elizabetta (Amazing, Funny, Joyful, and a friendly Tour Guide) and Giancarlo (Super Driver) for making this a memorable trip. Although I experienced so many tours in so many countries, I never wrote a review. However, this is just something special and I confidently can say this is the best tour I’ve ever had. Yes, “ever”.

We don’t like the guide, he ran all the way and was not sympathy.