Our top tickets for things to do in Pisa
Planning your Pisa visit
Central European Time (CET)
The 24-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus in Pisa gives you unlimited access to two routes, which cover pretty much everything you’ll want to see in the city. The 15 stops include the train station, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and even the airport. There’s also a local bus service, but most people wanting to visit Pisa’s famous tower walk the 20-minute journey through the city center from the train station. Easy!
Weather and when to go
Any time of year is a good time to visit Pisa, but April and May can be less hot, less expensive and less crowded than peak months July and August. If you’re a shopping fan, Pisa is home to one of Italy’s biggest antique markets on the first Sunday of each month. May is nice during the flower festival at Le Piagge, and December has some lovely Christmas markets. Keep in mind that October is the wettest month.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the bell tower for the nearby cathedral, which was constructed in 1173. Thanks to the soft ground, the tower had already started to lean by the time the builders got to the third story! And it’s just kept on leaning. You can’t miss it. It’s tall, tilted, and surrounded by people pretending to push it over for photos. Don’t deny it, you’re planning on doing the exact same thing. Send us the photos.
What to do in Pisa for 3 days
Architecture blends at the Cathedral (Duomo)
Pisa’s stunning Cathedral (Duomo) reigns supreme in one of the finest architectural complexes in the world - having been founded in 1064. This blend of Romanesque and Arabic architecture also has elements of Byzantine and Mediterranean, proving a mish-mash of styles can be beautiful. While a fire in 1595 destroyed many Renaissance artworks, the early 14th-century mosaic of Christ in Majesty in the apse survived.
Fresco fun at the Sinopie Museum
Pisa’s Sinopie Museum, an ex-hospital building, is now home to some of the most fascinating frescoes in the world, including those rescued from the ancient walls of the cemetery Camposanto Monumentale. Some were drawn by artists with red earth back in the 14th and 15th centuries, long before actual frescoes were painted over them. See cool models and watch intriguing short films for more fresco facts.
Reflect in Campo Santo
Pay your respects to the dead at the northern edge of Pisa’s Cathedral Square with a quick trip to the Campo Santo, also known as Camposanto Monumentale. The giant walls were once covered in frescoes, with the first applied in 1360. After an Allied bomb fragment started a fire in 1944, many frescoes were lost. Others were separated from the walls and restored. Some are still housed at the nearby Sinopie Museum.
Smell the flowers in Orto botanico di Pisa
The Orto botanico di Pisa is the oldest botanical garden for research in the world, and makes the perfect respite from posing tourists – and, in summer, from the blazing heat. Gather your thoughts in this peaceful space operated by the University of Pisa. It’s home to rare, important plant species as well as lots of lovely benches for resting weary feet. There’s also a small museum on site, a gift shop and toilets.