What to see in Pisa and surroundings in 7 days

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The enchanting and indisputable beauty of Piazza dei Miracoli, however, must not distract the attention, and overshadow the other attractions of Pisa. The legacy of the ancient Maritime Republic is reflected in every corner. It is therefore a real open-air museum, but also a lively and modern city thanks to the many students who animate one of its universities, the Normale, among the oldest, respected and sought after in the world.

Are you ready to leave with us? Here what to see in Pisa and surroundings in 7 days!



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Pisa
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Dedicate the first day to Campo or Piazza dei Miracoli, the symbolic area of ​​the city, reproduced and immortalized on any type of souvenir and famous all over the world.
The area is small and the buildings are all concentrated; it's better anyway expect a full day as to access the various attractions, the Leaning Tower in primis, long waiting hours are required.

Be the first to buy your skip-the-line ticket with a timed ticket and book your turn for the ascent to the Tower of Pisa: access is limited and staggered at regular intervals. Then you can stroll around the complex: a truly wonderful sight with the buildings that dazzle with the white of the marble and that stand out on the lawn. Then, calmly visit the individual buildings: the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, in Pisan Romanesque style with the façade of loggias, the large Baptistery and the Campo Santo. And when it's your turn, finally get on the famous one Tower.
All buildings in the complex are open from 9:00 to 19:00.
For lunch, in the square there is everything, from kiosks selling sandwiches to tourist restaurants. We suggest the Allabona Restaurant Pisa (€ 18,00).

In the evening, go to the Lungarni for a walk and have dinner at the Pisan Ristoro (€ 15,00)



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Tower (€ 18,00), Cathedral (free), Baptistery, Camposanto and Duomo Museum (€ 5,00 for 1 monument of your choice; € 7,00 for 2 monuments and € 8,00 for all 3 monuments ) Lungarni (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Duomo and Leaning Tower of Pisa: reserved ticket for the cathedral tour and optional tickets for the tower guided tour with optional ticket for the tower
  • Lunch at Ristorante Allabona Pisa (Get directions), Dinner at Ristoro Pisano (Get directions)

2 day

Piazza dei Cavalieri is the other important square in the city, seat of civil power, overlooked by important historical buildings: the Palazzo della Carovana, designed by Vasari and seat of the renowned Normale, the Palazzo dell'Orologio, the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, also by Vasari and the Statue of Cosimo I de 'Medici.
Then stroll through the alleys of the old medieval center, the delightful Borgo Stretto. The arcades and the Romanesque church of San Michele in Borgo overlook the main street of Borgo Stretto.

Have lunch in the typical Osteria di Culegna Pisa (average cost € 25,00).
Take a look at the programming of Palazzo Blu, which hosts exhibitions, and then walk a few minutes to admire Tutto Mondo, the fantastic mural by the genius of Keith Haring.
Retrace your steps and walk along a piece of the Arno up to the delightful Church of Santa Maria della Spina, almost always closed and therefore you can admire from the outside.
Take Via Roma and reach (800 m) theBotanical Garden, the oldest university botanical garden in the world, open from 9:00 to 19:00.

In the evening, go back to the Lungarni for a walk at sunset and have dinner at the Il Tocco Restaurant (€ 30,00)



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 42 min
  • Places visited: Piazza dei Cavalieri (free), Borgo Stretto (free), Palazzo Blu (€ 3,00), Church of Santa Maria della Spina (free), Vegetable garden and botanical garden (€ 2,50), Lungarni (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • guided tour with optional ticket to the tower
  • Lunch at Osteria di Culegna Pisa (Get directions), Dinner at Il Tocco Restaurant (Get directions)

3 day

Spend this third day in Lucca (About 30 km), reachable by car about 30 minutes via the A12 / E80 and A11 / E76. Alternatively you can take the regional train (50 minutes, € 4,00) or the E3 bus from Via Crispi 93/95 to Verdi 3 (50 minutes, € 6,00).

Lucca is aelegant and refined city to enjoy in a quiet way. Spend the morning in the historic center, starting with the incredible Piazza Anfiteatro, with its particular shape. And again, the Guinigi Tower, the so-called Garden Tower, the Tower of the hours. Continue with the Cathedral of San Martino and the typical "street of antique dealers".

For lunch we suggest the Corte Campana Bistro (€ 25,00).
In the afternoon, visit the wonderful Botanical Garden (open from 10:00 to 17:00 or 19:00 depending on the months). Enjoy then a nice walk the famous sixteenth-century walls, passing the different gates of the city. During your tour, stop at a typical pastry shop to taste Buccellato, a typical sweet from Lucca.

Back in Pisa, in the evening, dine in the center at the Ristoro Pecorino (€ 30,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 53,4 km / 1 h 25 min by car including travel from / to Pisa
  • Places visited: Piazza Anfiteatro (free), Torre Guinigi (€ 10,00); cumulative ticket Botanical Garden + Guinigi Tower + Torre delle Ore (€ 12,00), Cathedral of San Martino (€ 3,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • walking tour of the historic center Sapori di Lucca Food Tour with local festival guide with operas, recitals and concerts by Puccini
  • Lunch at Bistrò Corte Campana (Get directions), Dinner at Ristoro Pecorino (Get directions)

4 day

For this day stop in Pisa.
Visit the Museum of Graphics, housed in the halls of Palazzo Lanfranchi. The Graphic Museum is one of the most important public collections of contemporary graphics able to present an excellent artistic panorama through the great intellectual lesson of figures such as Sebastiano Timpanaro, Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti and Giulio Carlo Argan. Open every day from 9am to 00pm.
Along the Lungarno Galileo Galilei (350 m) in 5 minutes you are at Scotto Garden, historic green area in the heart of the much loved and popular city. Access from 8:00 to 17:30.

Walk towards Parco delle Piagge and stop for lunch at the bistro Bar Salvini Pisa (€ 15,00).
Then reach the Church of San Michele degli Scalzi famous for its steeply leaning bell tower. In fact, it is inclined by 5 °, more than the Tower of Pisa. It is open from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00.
Late afternoon and evening in Marina di Pisa. Accessible by car via SP224, 47 min or by bus line 13 (from San Michele 1 to Pellico) + change at Sesta Porta, line 010. Marina di Pisa is a fishing village transformed into a seaside resort in the 800th century. The Apuan Alps are the backdrop to the small beaches that follow one another along the coast. To admire, Liberty buildings inserted in an urban fabric characterized by large squares directly overlooking the sea.

Here, stop for dinner at L'Albero Maestro (average cost per person € 23,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 26,3 km / 42 min by car
  • Places visited: Museum of Graphics (€ 9,00), Giardino Scotto (free), Church of San Michele desgli Scalzi (free), Marina di Pisa (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Lunch at Bar Salvini Pisa (Get directions), Dinner at L'Albero Maestro (Get directions)

5 day

If you are in Pisa, a touch and go day in Florence is a must! You will reach it easily thanks to numerous direct trains (travel time 10 hour and 8,70 min, ticket € each way).

A day is not enough to visit Florence, not even a week is, but it is still worth it! In the morning, immediately visit the famous Uffizi Galleries, a museum with many famous and prestigious works. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 18:50 pm, admission costs € 20,00. Don't waste time in the queue and buy the priority entrance ticket.
Enjoy then a walk around the city: then walk along the Arno and arrive at Ponte Vecchio, take some souvenir photos and then reach the wonderful Piazza della Signoria!

For lunch, stop for a schiacciata at the famous Antico Vinaio (average cost € 8,00). If there is too much line here too, in front of La Prosciutteria it is worth as much.
The afternoon reach Piazza Duomo and visit the famous Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, built in the th century. It is famous above all for the Brunelleschi's dome. The Gothic bell tower alongside was instead designed by Giotto. In front of these is the octagonal building of the Baptistery of San Giovanni.
The Basilica is open from 10:00 to 17:00, the baptistery from 08:15 to 19:30. The single ticket costs € 18,00 and includes: cathedral, dome, crypt, Baptistery, Bell Tower and Museo dell'Opera del duomo. Here too, if you want to see everything in one day, a skip-the-line ticket with priority entrance is a must.

End the day with a dinner near the station, perhaps at Le Fonticine (average cost € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 172 km / 2 h 41 min by car including travel from / to Pisa
  • Places visited: Uffizi Gallery (€ 20,00), Ponte Vecchio (free), Piazza della Signoria (free), Piazza Duomo (free), Duomo complex (€ 18,00)
  • Daily shopping: 95,00
  • Skip the line: Florence Cathedral and Brunelleschi Uffizi Gallery tour with scheduled admission
  • Lunch at the Antico Vinaio (Get directions), Dinner at Le Fonticine (Get directions)

6 day

Trip to San Gimignano and Volterra. Car rental is recommended (travel time 1 hour and 10 min via the SP11, rental cost from € 40,00), as the bus and the train + bus combination take about 3 hours just to get to San Gimignano!

Saint Gimignano represents a splendid medieval glimpse, testimony so precious that it has been awarded the title of World Heritage Site.
The profile of its 14 towers is very impressive. We advise you to climb the Torre Grossa (from 10:00 to 19:30). Also worth visiting are the Duomo (open from 10:00 to 17:00), the art gallery (from 10:00 to 19:30) and, if interested, the museum of torture (from 10:00 to 19:00) or the Town Hall.

Lunch with typical Tuscan products at Il Ceppo Toscano (average cost per person € 40,00).
Continuation to Volterra, jewel that dominates the whole Val di Cecina. The best way to appreciate Volterra is to stroll through its cobbled streets enjoying the beautiful Piazza dei Priori with the town hall (open from 9:00 to 19:00), the Cathedral, the access gates to the city surrounded by thirteenth-century walls, the various churches, the suggestive ruins of the Roman theater (open from 10:30 to 17:30) up to the beautiful park dominated by the Medici Fortress with its Rocca del Mastio (from 10:30 to 17:30).

Upon returning, dine in the center of Pisa at La Ghiotteria (average cost per person € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 182 km / 3 h 14 by car including travel from / to Pisa
  • Places visited: San Giminiano Torre Grossa, Duomo, picture gallery, torture museum (San Gimignano Pass: € 13,00 includes everything). Volterra: Piazza dei Priori, town hall, Cathedral, city gates, Roman Theater, Medici Fortress, Rocca del Mastio (Volterra Card: € 22,00 includes everything)
  • Daily shopping: € 130,00
  • Lunch at Il Ceppo Toscano (Get directions), Dinner at La Ghiotteria (Get directions)

7 day

Finally, spend this last day in Pisa.
Start by admiring the works kept in the National Museum of the Royal Palace, open from 9:00 to 14:00.
Then continue the morning dedicated to art at San Matteo Museum, the most important museum of painting and sculpture in Pisa, located in the medieval convent of San Matteo. This is open from 8:30 to 18:00.
Once the visit is over, take bus line 4 (10 stops) from the Mediceo2 stop and get off at the Del Parlascio stop.

Treat yourself to a quick lunch break at Mr. Sgabeo's (average cost € 8,00).
In the early afternoon visit the Sinopie Museum, a unique collection in the world relating to the preparatory drawings of the frescoes, which can be visited from 9:00 to 19:00.
A few meters away you will find the Jewish cemetery (open only on Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Guided tours by appointment). This is a Camposanto still in use where there are, in addition to those of Italian Jews, numerous tombs of Jews from Spain and Portugal who arrived and found refuge in Pisa.

End the day with a dinner at the IN PRIMIS Restaurant (average cost € 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,2 km / 39 min
  • Places visited: National Museum of Palazzo Reale and San Matteo Museum (€ 5,00, cumulative ticket € 8,00), Sinopie Museum (€ 5,00), Jewish Cemetery (guided tours by reservation)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Lunch at Mr. Sgabeo (Get directions), Dinner at IN PRIMIS Restaurant (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Pisa

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

Pisa is a great choice for a vacation quite cheap. And if you choose Pisa during the summer, it is also a good compromise between art and culture to which you can add a little beach life. A stone's throw away, in fact, you can reach Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia and Marina di Vecchiano, nice and quiet places that do not have the prohibitive prices of the other much more renowned and fashionable Tuscan resorts.

Good and more than decent hotels offer rooms starting from € 50,00, and if you want to save even more (and be free and independent), there is certainly no shortage of accommodation for rent at a good price. With the exception of the Tower, which is famous all over the world and therefore "gets paid", most of the attractions to visit have very low entry costs. And many beauties, such as the Arno river, are absolutely free. To eat, apart from the area of ​​Campo dei Miracoli which is obviously touristy, there are many typical restaurants, like trattorias that offer tasty local cuisine at average and even moderate prices.

  • starting from € 89,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • Duomo and Tower of Pisa: reserved ticket Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano: lunch with wine in Chianti Baptistery, Cathedral and Tower guided tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 680,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Pisa: all the year. Mediterranean climate influenced by the warm currents of the sea. Mild winter temperatures and low rainfall in all seasons - find out more
  • by car with the A12 Genova - Livorno exit Pisa Nord or Pisa Centro, or from Florence with the A11 Firenze - Mare exit Pisa Nord. By plane, Galileo Galilei airport 1 km from the historic center (FF.SS. train and CPT shuttle bus € 2,00)
  • the surroundings of the Duomo and the tower are the best but also the most expensive area, the historic center is just as convenient but a little cheaper, the station / airport area offers various types of accommodation at modest prices
  • Getting around: on foot it is very comfortable. To reach the outermost areas there is a bus service managed by CPT (main lines: LAM green and LAM red), ticket costs starting from € 1,10 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Piazza dei Miracoli Tourist Pack: 1 monument + Video guide € 10,00 / 2 monuments + Video guide € 12,00 / 3 monuments + Video guide € 13,00

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