What to see in Pisa and surroundings in 5 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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If you think of Pisa, the first thing that comes to mind is, without a doubt, the leaning tower, famous all over the world. But the city of Tuscany really has much more to offer! Pisa holds a myriad of treasures, it is rich not only in monuments that testify to its ancient past as a Maritime Republic, but is also the city that gave birth to Galileo Galilei and home to one of the oldest and most important European universities.

A visit to the city should be on every self-respecting travel bucket list, above then what to see in Pisa and surroundings in 5 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

It starts with Piazza del Duomo, known as Piazza dei Miracoli because here are concentrated the monuments of the religious life of the city, called "miracles". The square and its monuments are always very busy and with long queues at the entrance, we highly recommend a combined guided tour of the Baptistery, Cathedral and Leaning Tower, with skip-the-line entrance. In this way you can also enjoy the most important monuments of Pisa not only for their beauty, but also with interesting stories, stories and anecdotes!
For lunch, we recommend Il Toscano Enoteca Restaurant (€ 25,00).

In the afternoon stay in the area, and start from the Baptistery, in front of the Duomo, the largest in Italy (November-February Mon-Sun 10: 00-16: 30, March-October Mon-Sun 9: 00-18: 00) and continue with the Monumental Cemetery (November-February 10: 00-16: 30, March-October 9: 00-18: 30).

Recharge for dinner at Pizzeria Trattoria La Buca (€ 15,00). After dinner, you can take a nice walk through the historic center.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 16 min
  • Places visited: Piazza del Duomo (free), Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (free), Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (€ 15,00), Tower of Pisa (€ 18,00), Baptistery (€ 5,00), Camposanto Monumentale (€ 5,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 66,00
  • guided tour Baptistery, Cathedral and Tower guided tour with optional ticket to the tower
  • Lunch at Ristorante Enoteca Il Toscano (Get directions), Dinner at Pizzeria Trattoria La Buca (Get directions)

2 day

The second day begins with the National Museum of Palazzo Reale (Mon, Wed-Sat 9: 00-14: 00) which preserves, among other things, also works by Raphael and Canova. Then walk along the Lungoarno Pacinotti to Piazza Garibaldi. Here it begins one of the oldest districts of Pisa, Borgo Stretto, with th and th century palaces and splendid arcades. Here is also the Church of San Michele in Borgo (always accessible).
In the neighborhood there are many restaurants, we recommend Ristorante alle Bandierine (€ 25,00).

Explore Borgo Stretto and later take via Ulisse Dini and reach Piazza dei Cavalieri, the second most important and famous square in the city. Seat of civil power, Palazzo della Carovana (seat of the Scuola Normale Superiore), the Statue of Cosimo I de 'Medici, the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri and the Clock Tower, also called Torre della fame for the vicissitudes of Count Ugolino della Gherardesca, also narrated by Dante in the Divine Comedy.

Stay in the area for dinner, we recommend Sosta Dei Cavalieri Pisa (€ 25,00) to be able to appreciate the square and the surroundings even after sunset.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: National Museum of Palazzo Reale (€ 5,00), Borgo Stretto (free), Church of San Michele in Borgo (free), Piazza dei Cavalieri (free), Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Lunch at Ristorante alle Bandierine (Get directions), Dinner at Sosta Dei Cavalieri Pisa (Get directions)

3 day

Start the third day with one walk on the medieval walls, more than 10 meters high (9: 00-19: 00 approximately, depending on the season). Before crossing the river, a visit to the Botanical Garden and Museum is a must, the oldest in the world (every day 8: 30-20: 00 approximately, depending on the season).
Lunch at I Porci Comodi (€ 15,00).

On the other bank of the river is the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, little gothic jewel of the city (Mon 10: 00-13: 00, Tue, Wed, Thu 15: 00-19: 00, Fri, Sat, Sun 10: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00). A short distance away is Tuttomondo, a large mural by artist Keith Haring. The last stop is the Museum of Ancient Ships (Wed 14: 30-18: 30, Fri 10: 30-18: 30, Sat-Sun 10: 30-20: 30), which an incredible series of shipwrecks well preserved

Stroll along the Arno and then have dinner at La Ghiotteria (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 53 min
  • Places visited: Walls of Pisa (€ 3,00), Garden and Botanical Museum (€ 4,00), Church of Santa Maria della Spina (free), Tuttomondo (free), Museum of Ancient Ships (free visit, scheduled guided tour € 6,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Lunch at I Porci Comodi (Get directions), Dinner at La Ghiotteria (Get directions)

4 day

The fourth day is also dedicated to discovering the many attractions of Pisa, starting from Palazzo Blu (Tue-Fri 10: 00-19: 00, Sat-Sun and holidays 10: 00-20: 00), an important exhibition center with a permanent exhibition and always very interesting temporary exhibitions.
At the end of the visit, have lunch at Le Scuderie (€ 25,00).

The next stop is the Graphics Museum, which houses one of the most important collections of contemporary public graphics (every day 9: 00-20: 00).
The rest of the day and the evening can be spent in Marina di Pisa, about 18 km from the city. It can be reached by car via SP224 in about 50 min or by bus with line 13 from San Michele 1 to Pellico, changing at Sesta Porta, line 10. Your destination is a quaint fishing village, which became a seaside resort in the 800th century. Here you can visit the town or relax a bit on the beach.

You can dine here at L'Albero Maestro (€ 23,00). Spend the evening walking along the seafront perhaps eating a good ice cream!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 14,3 km / 2 h 55 min
  • Places visited: Palazzo Blu (€ 3,00), Museum of Graphics (€ 9,00), Marina di Pisa (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Lunch at Le Scuderie (Get directions), Dinner at L'Albero Maestro (Get directions)

5 day

Dedicate the fifth day to Lucca. At 22 km from Pisa, it can be reached by car with the Statale 12 (30 min) or by train (Pisa Centrale-Lucca, € 3,60). The city is perfect to visit in just one day.
We recommend that you optimize your times with a walking tour of the historic center with a local guide, to immediately get a taste of the city and the main landmarks.

The most suitable door for the historic center is Porta San Pietro, from which you can reach the Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Museum of the Risorgimento (Tue-Thu 10: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00, Fri-Sun 10 : 00-13: 00). Not far away is the Cathedral of San Martino, it is possible to visit its interiors, the bell tower, the baptistery, the Church of Santi Giovanni e Reparata and the Museum with a combined ticket (9: 30-18: 00 approximately).
For lunch we recommend Peperosa Ristorante (€ 30,00).

Then reach the nearby Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, for some shopping, then go to the Guinigi Tower (9: 30-18: 00 approximately, depending on the season), from whose top you can admire spectacular views over the city.

To end the day in Lucca, dinner at Al Corso (€ 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 39,5 km / 58 min by car including travel from / to Pisa
  • Places visited: Porta San Pietro (free), Museum of the Risorgimento (free), Cathedral of San Martino (€ 3,00, combined ticket Cathedral + Bell Tower + Museum + Baptistery and Church of Santi Giovanni e Reparata € 9,00), Piazza dell ' Amphitheater, Guinigi Tower (€ 4,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • walking tour of the center of Lucca
  • Lunch at Peperosa Ristorante (Get directions), Dinner at Al Corso (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.

Pisa is a destination that yes keeps on average with other Italian cities.

L'accommodation offer, between hotels, lodges and B & Bs, is wide and varied, you can find rooms starting from € 50,00, the cost can go down further if you choose a rental accommodation.

Food is also one of the budget items that has the least impact: if the Campo dei Miracoli area is obviously very touristy (and the prices adapt to this characteristic) there are many typical restaurants, taverns and trattorias and even food retailers. from the street offering menus with local cuisine at medium and in some cases modest prices.

To reach it, however, you have several options: by plane, but the train or car is also very convenient if you are in central and northern Italy! Maybe you could combine a visit to the city with a wonderful on the road in Tuscany!

  • starting from € 34,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • guided tour Baptistery, Cathedral and Tower Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano: lunch with wine in Chianti
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 574,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Pisa: strongly influenced by the proximity of the sea. Temperatures are mild in every season, rainfall is scarce. From April to June and from September to the first half of November is the most recommended period - find out more
  • Galileo Galilei Airport (about 1 km from the center, green LAM bus or line 5, € 2,00; Pisa Mover monorail, € 2,70); easily accessible by train from central and northern Italy
  • the main places of interest are gathered in the historic center, which is why the area is the most recommended. The abundance of hotels, B & Bs and apartments allows you to find accommodation at fairly cheap prices
  • Getting around: on foot in the center or by bus (the lines that connect the center to the suburbs are green and red LAM, tickets from € 1,10). Active bike sharing service called CicloPI with 26 active stations (first half hour free, second € 0,90, third € 1,50, from the fourth € 2,00; daily pass € 5,00, weekly € 10,00) - discover more
  • Recommended cards and passes: cumulative ticket for Piazza Duomo, one monument € 5,00, two monuments € 7,00, three monuments € 8,00. To visit the Tower of Pisa, it is recommended to purchase a skip-the-line ticket

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