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How to Spend 1 Day in Pisa

How to Spend 1 Day in Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most iconic landmarks in Italy, but there is more to this Tuscan city than its famously listing bell tower. Here’s how to spend the day exploring Pisa’s cathedral and adjacent tower in Piazza dei Miracoli, as well as its historic center—with time left over for some foodie fun. 

Morning: First, The Town

You may think that hitting the headliners in Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is best done first thing in the morning, but most bus tours pull into town as Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Cathedral (Duomo), and baptistery are opening. It’s better to begin your day with a walking, Segway, or bike tour of the city’s historic center to bring to life the art and architecture of Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri), the Romanesque Church of San Sisto, and the Gothic Church of Santa Maria della Spina. Then when crowds have thinned, move on to Pisa’s cathedral complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afternoon: Second, The Show-Stoppers

Most visitors stop in Pisa exclusively for the bragging rights of having seen the Leaning Tower, but you’ll be glad you’ve put off the pleasure of visiting the star attractions in Piazza dei Miracoli until the less-crowded afternoon hours. Now’s the time to get to know the complex from top to bottom with a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets, so you have time to savor, in relative peace, the beauty and history of the Leaning Tower and its cathedral and baptistery, along with the complex’s Opera del Duomo Museum and Monumental Cemetery. 

Night: Finally, The Feast

Though the Leaning Tower is by far its biggest draw, Pisa is an important city in Tuscany and the perfect spot to sample the region’s traditional cuisine. Take a food tour through the historic center to taste street foods like porchetta and cecina, or dive into a cooking lesson to prepare—and then eat—classic local dishes. Alternatively, spend art of the day exploring other Tuscan locales. Popular side trips include the Cinque Terre on the coast; the hill towns of Pienza, San Gimignano, Siena, and Montepulciano; the villages and countryside of Chianti; or the lively walled city of Lucca.

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Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa & Lunch in a Winery

Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa & Lunch in a Winery

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Visit the highlights of Tuscany in a single day on a tour from Florence. Explore Pisa, Chianti, San Gimignano, and enjoy a guided walking tour and entrance ticket to the cathedral Siena. Then visit a family-run Chianti winery for a traditional Italian lunch accompanied by a Chianti tasting. 
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  • 12 hours
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Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train

Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train

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Discover Pisa and the picturesque Cinque Terre on this day trip departing from Florence. Snap a photo with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa before heading to the coast to see the seaside villages of the Italian Riviera. There, travel through the pink- and yellow-hued towns of the Cinque Terre, a World Heritage Site. Explore the beaches, try the local cuisine (own expense) and wander the charming cobblestone streets. This excursion is open to travelers between 18 and 45 years old, and includes your train transportation.
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  • 13 hours
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Semi Private Pisa and Lucca Wine Tour from Florence

Semi Private Pisa and Lucca Wine Tour from Florence

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The Italian cities of Pisa and Lucca are widely considered the gems in Tuscany’s crown, with rich history and beautiful architecture. On this full-day tour, visit both cities in one day with free time to explore at your leisure, and discover top attractions including the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa. Sample fine Chianti wines at a local winery, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to eight people.
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  • 8 hours
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Leaning Tower of Pisa Afternoon Tickets

Leaning Tower of Pisa Afternoon Tickets

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Visit the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa with this afternoon skip-the-line admission ticket. Sail past long queues, hand in your ticket, and then ascend up the famous tower for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bring your camera to capture the commanding views of Pisa.
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  • 30 minutes
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Best of Pisa Guided Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Entry Ticket

Best of Pisa Guided Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Entry Ticket

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Explore Pisa and get a unique look at the Leaning Tower on this exciting tour. After getting a photo trying to 'hold up' the Leaning Tower, discover the rest of Piazza dei Miracoli and the incredible cathedral that sits on the square. Then head back the Leaning Tower and climb it all the way to the top.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Pisa Segway Tour

Pisa Segway Tour

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Explore Pisa on this comprehensive 3-hour Segway tour. Led by a local guide, glide through the Piazza dei Miracoli to see the Duomo, Baptistery and the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Check out where Galileo once studied at the Sapienza Palace and hear the history behind the Scuola Normale as you pass through Knights’ Square. Numbers are limited to eight people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home in Pisa

Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home in Pisa

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Enjoy a bit of Italian culture at a private cooking class in Pisa at the home of a cesarina (cook). You'll learn about local cuisine and how to make popular dishes using regional recipes. Then taste these creations, served with a glass of local wine.
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  • 4 hours
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Beyond the Leaning Tower Pisa By Bike

Beyond the Leaning Tower Pisa By Bike

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Independent travelers in Pisa can make use of a 3-hour bike rental to explore the city at their own pace. Pick up your bicycle at the conveniently located Pisa Centrale railway station. Then use a smartphone app to guide you along the route. You’ll learn about more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with information provided about points of interest as well as special discounts.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours
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