Sightseeing in Pisa
In a historical city like Pisa you can't fail to find things to see and do. This Italian destination is full of amazing architecture and museums with sophisticated cafes, bars and restaurants where you can rest your weary feet after all that sightseeing!
Perhaps the first place to check out when you land in Pisa is the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Piazza Del Duomo, where you will also find the Battiestero and the Camposanto – known as the Holy Field. Make sure you pre-book to go up the tower for great views of the city. You may not know that Pisa also has another leaning tower just across the river which is worth a stroll over to. Not far from the Leaning Tower are the famous museums of Museo del Duomo and Museo delle Sinopie. Also pay a visit to the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale and the Museo Nationale di San Matteo. Along with the historic sites, Pisa is full of quaint streets and markets to discover for those must have holiday souvenirs. No trip to Pisa would be complete without exploring the surrounding areas of Tuscany.
Florence - When you travel to Pisa you can visit Florence, home to the Uffizi Galleries, Michelangelo's David, the world-famous Ponte Vecchio plus castles and gardens galore. Florence is a treasure trove of art with great sights such as the cathedral which dates back to 1290. Its impressive dome was created by Brunelleschi and this amazing sight stands out from the skyline over Florence.
Sienna - Sienna is more laid back than Florence but still has plenty to do and you can easily take in all the sights by foot. In July, the city echoes with the sound of horse's hooves as the famous Palio horse race is run in the main square which really is a fabulous sight!
Colline Valdarno - The Colline Valdarno area lies in the heart of Tuscany, along the River Arno. A short distance from Pisa, Florence and Sienna it boasts a wealth of rich history, traditions, home-grown wine and food. Nestled between the sea and mountains, Colline Valdarno has the right mix of relaxation and fun. You can find accommodation to suit your needs, walking and cultural excursions, horse riding, wine tasting and beautiful restaurants…a true taste of Italy!
Framura, Ligurian Riviera - Pisa Airport is less than an hour away from the stunning Ligurian Riviera. Get the chance to visit this region and experience the untouched beauty of the coastline set against a rugged mountain landscape.
Fun Seekers in Pisa
Pisa is known for Chianti wine and you can find a number of classy bars situated along the river where Italian young professionals can be found. Nightlife is pretty relaxed in Pisa with people often enjoying drinks over long meals lasting into the early hours. Try the Borderline Club which plays everything from rock to jazz, meanwhile fans of dance music will want to strut their stuff at the 1080 Club on Vio del Brennero, which is modern and funky inside. For cheap drinking try the Lungarrni district or the Piazza Garibaldi where the students of Pisa hangout in the evenings. In the summer make sure you go to one of the Concert Sessions that take place beside the leaning tower.
Pisa is great for shopping too, The Corso Italia is the main shopping street which links into the Borgo Stretto where all the major stores can be found. Around the streets are smaller independent shops where you can find more original fashion and plenty of gift shops perfect for finding souvenirs to take home. Most shops close between 1pm and 4pm giving you the perfect opportunity to find a nice place to enjoy a delicious meal and build up your energy for more shopping in the afternoon.
Activities in Pisa
Top Tours in Pisa:
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Pisa
Explore Pisa on a 'Hop-On Hop-Off' tour and see the wonderful landmarks including the Leaning Tower...
Galleria dell' Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour
Discover the works of Renaissance Masters in the Galleria dell' Accademia and Uffizi Gallery...
Florence Segway Tour
Enjoy breathtaking sights of Florence while enjoying the coolest ride of the 21st century...
Historical Sights of Florence
See historical buildings and monuments that are the major tourist attractions of Florence...
Chianti Sightseeing Tour
Visit the Chianti vineyards and explore the celebrated Tuscan countryside in Italy...
Family Fun in Pisa
Pisa offers the family plenty of sightseeing, nice weather and great food. You won't be short of things to see and do in the city but if you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle for a day then just a short ride away is the Marina di Pisa. This seaside resort is perfect for the family whether you want to paddle in the sea, wander along the Mediterranean coastline or simply relax on the beach with a delicious Tuscan ice-cream called Gelati.
Romantic Breaks in Pisa
Pisa is the perfect option for a romantic holiday with sumptuous Italian cuisine, flowing wine, beautiful architecture and great weather. Pisa is also a gateway to some of Italy's most romantic areas including Florence, Sienna, Colline Valdarno and Framura, all with stunning scenery and a relaxed pace of life.
Florence - We recommend a visit to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which spans the River Arno. It's lined with jewellery shops should you want to treat someone special in your life or yourself! If you fancy tasting the local wine there are a good selection of bars and clubs in the city centre that have a relaxed dress code in keeping with the laid back atmosphere of Florence.
Sienna - Sienna is true Tuscan through and through with its (very) laid back atmosphere and a slower pace of life than Florence. Its pedestrianised streets make it a great city to explore on foot. Towards the south of Sienna you can uncover picture postcard images with fields that seem to go on forever. When the sun starts to set why not settle down to one of the local wines including Montepulciano and Montalcino... belissimo!
Colline Valdarno - Colline Valdarno is set alongside the River Arno in Tuscany. Take a romantic walk or horseride through the mountains and by the sea, making sure you stop to take in the amazing scenery. In the evening so can enjoy a relaxing meal in one of the fantastic restaurants serving traditional Italian cuisine.
Framura, Ligurian Riviera - Framura is right on the border between Tuscany and Liguria, a group of small villages lying between the mountain and the sea. It is such a beautiful setting and will take your breath away.
Top Tips in Pisa
Shop opening hours - Remember shops close between 1pm and 4pm every day although some larger department stores may stay open throughout.
- Yes - Si
- No - No
- Excuse me – Mi scusi
- Hello – Buon giorno
- Goodbye – Arrivederci
- Thank you – Grazie
- Please – Per favore
- Where is the nearest…? – Dov'e il…piu vicino?
- Do you speak English? – Parla inglese?
- How much is this? – Quant'e per favore?
- What time do you open/close? - A che ora apre/chiude?
- I would like… – Vorrei…
- Do you have…? – Avete…?
- Do you have a vacant room/double room? – Avete camere libere/una camera doppia?
- I have a reservation – Ho fatto una prenotazione
- Do you have a table for two? – Avete una tavola per due?
- I am a vegetarian – Sono vegetariano/a
- The bill please – Il conto, per favore
Cost of a pint of beer:£3.00