What to see in Pisa in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Visit Pisa in one day? Nothing more difficult. The city, which in the past was one of the four Maritime Republics, is rich in timeless cultural and artistic beauties, which capture the attention of those who visit it and never leave it. Famous for its Square of Miracles, which collects some of the most famous buildings in italy such as the Tower of Pisa, and has also become a World Heritage Site, this city is a feast for the eyes.

The history of the city is very ancient and even dates back to the Etruscan period. According to a legend, however, its origins could be even more ancient and linked to the Trojans. Surely its geographical position has contributed to make it glory (the city is located near the mouth of the Arno), but so have its inhabitants, among whom there are also very important people such as Galileo Galilei e leonardo Fibonacci. Are you curious to visit it? Here is ours one day itinerary in Pisa, which will tell you, step by step, what are the main attractions you can see.


  1. One day itinerary in Pisa: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Pisa: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Pisa: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Pisa: Morning

1- Giardino Scotto

It starts from the Central Station, a few steps from the Old Town. Crossing the road heading north you will find yourself in Via Filippo Corridoni and here you can immediately do breakfast at Bar Tiffany with croissants and coffee, all for less than € 4,50.
From here, take bus 5, 14 or the red LAM to Scotto Garden, first stop of the day and also one of the most important public parks in Pisa. This is theancient fortress of Pisa, which dates back to the first Florentine domination of the city, around 1440. In the center of the garden you will find an immense plane tree which, according to legend, was planted on the occasion of a theatrical performance by Carlo Goldoni.

2 - Tuttomondo, Church of Santa Maria del Carmine and Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Now take bus no. 2, 4, 14 or the Green Lam until you reach the Tuttomondo by Keith Haring. E ' the largest mural made in Europe. The mural, which measures 180 square meters, was made on the external wall of the rectory of the church of Sant'Antonio Abate and has a very suggestive history: it was created in just 4 days and is composed of 30 figures that follow one another without stopping, to symbolize world peace. At the center of it all you will find the "Pisan cross", made up of four human figures that have been joined at the waist.
After seeing the Tuttomondo take Corso Italia. During your walk on this road you will cross the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine. Founded in 1325 by the Carmelite friars, the church has undergone several restoration and modification works over the years. Inside you can see a fragment of the fresco depicting the Annunciation, as well as paintings such as the Ascension of Christ and the apparition of the Virgin to S.Andrea Corsini. Head to the now Lungarno, until you reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, dating back to the 1113.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,8 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Giardino Scotto (free), Tuttomondo (free), Church of Santa Maria del Carmine (free), Church of the Holy Sepulcher (free)
  • Guided tours: Half day tour with guide
  • Where to have breakfast: Tiffany Cafè, Via Filippo Corridoni 140

One day itinerary in Pisa: Afternoon

1 - National Museum of the Royal Palace and Borgo Stretto

Now cross the Ponte di Mezzo which will lead you to the other side of the city. Here you will immediately find the Trattoria La Ghiotteria: typical Tuscan lunch, large portions and low cost, around € 25,00 per person. First half of the afternoon is National Museum of the Royal Palace, which is based in the court residence of Francesco I de 'Medici. Inside you can admire Medici tapestries, Flemish works, armor, even works by Raphael. To reach it, just go west along the Lungarno, it's a matter of a few hundred meters. After visiting the museum you can go back to the Ponte di Mezzo and head north, up Borgo Stretto, one of the most characteristic streets of Pisa. Here you can also find numerous shops as well as beautiful th century buildings.

2 - Palazzo della Carovana, Garden and Botanical Museum of Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery of San Giovanni

Then, by cutting onto Via Ulisse Dini, you will arrive at Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you will find the Palace of the Caravan. Built between 1562 and 1564, unfortunately the building is not open to the public. The only ones who can access, in addition to special cases such as concerts, are the students: today the building houses the famous "Normal" University.
Now move west on Via dei Mille, on this bike you will arrive atGarden and Botanical Museum of Pisa. The garden was founded around the middle of 1543 and houses plants that come from all 5 continents. In the museum, on the other hand, you will also be able to see works of art, such as botanical models made of wax and plaster and didactic watercolor tables from the th century.

3 - Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Cathedral and the Baptistery of San Giovanni

Now head north to Piazza Arcivescovado. Here they await you the main attractions of the city. You will find the Sinopie Museum, Square of Miracles with the Camposanto, the Cathedral of Pisa and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta it is located exactly in the center of Piazza dei Miracoli and is a true masterpiece of Pisan Romanesque style. This cathedral is the maximum expression of the power of Pisa during its period of the Maritime Republic. Begun in 1063, it has seen several restorations from 1595 onwards. The Baptistery of San Giovanni instead it dates back to 1153 and is surprising for its contrast. While the exterior is rich in decorations, these too made with marble of different colors and bas-reliefs, the interior is almost completely bare.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: National Museum of Palazzo Reale (€ 5,00 approximately), Garden and Botanical Museum (€ 4,00), Cathedral of Pisa and Baptistery of San Giovanni (€ 7,00 approximately)
  • guided tour of the Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli
  • Where to have lunch: Trattoria la Ghiotteria, Vicolo delle Donzelle 9

One day itinerary in Pisa: Evening

1- Tower of Pisa and dinner

Late in the afternoon is the right time to finally visit the famous one Tower of Pisa. Known throughout the world as the leaning tower, it is actually the bell tower of the city's cathedral. 56 meters high, and designed by the architect Diotisalvi (the same as the Baptistery) between the th and th centuries, weighs more than 14 tons. Perhaps this caused the subsidence of the ground which caused the bell tower to slope of more than 4 °. Now take via Cardinale Pietro Maffino to Largo del Parlascio, where you can dine at Pizzeria Le Mura di Nonna Teta. More than cheap price, with € 15,00 you can eat your fill.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 600 m / 7 min
  • Places visited: Leaning Tower of Pisa (free)
  • Recommended tours and useful tickets: Skip-the-line skip-the-line entrance to the Leaning Tower and the Duomo
  • Where to dine: Pizzeria Le Mura di Nonna Teta, Largo del Parlascio 34

Before leaving: useful tips

Ready for departure? Great, but before you hit the road, take a look at these helpful tips. They could be for you and make things a little easier for you.

  • How to reach it: Pisa is served by an international airport but can also be easily reached by train.
  • Best time: the city is very humid. Visit it in autumn or winter to visit it at its best.
  • Visits to museums: to visit the museums on offer, book your tickets in advance, so you don't have to queue up too much.
  • Living room: if you decide to extend your visit and enjoy Pisa by Night, consult our stay offers in Pisa

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

We warned you: visiting Pisa in one day is not easy. Something is necessarily left off the itinerary, but that doesn't mean it's not worth seeing. Unfortunately you didn't have time this time, but next time you could start right here.

  1. National Museum of San Matteo: if you have not booked your ticket in advance, avoid it, you would waste too much time queuing
  2. Graphics Museum: nice for sure, but if you have the minutes counted better to concentrate on something else
  3. Guelph Tower: this monument is a bit distant from the rest of the proposed attractions
  4. Sinopie Museum: book your ticket in advance, otherwise you will only lose a lot of time due to an endless queue
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