When to go to Pisa: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Among the most beautiful cities in Italy, we cannot fail to mention Pisa. This splendid center of Tuscany, famous for its Leaning Tower, has a lot to offer to those who decide to visit it, at any time of the year.
It doesn't matter whether it's spring or winter, Pisa is there for you and ready to let you discover its wonders. Among its beauties you will find Campo dei Miracoli, museums, churches and much more, but to see them at their best it is preferable to do it at certain times of the year: here are what they are.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Pisa: the cheapest period
  3. Pisa in Spring
  4. Pisa in Summer
  5. Pisa in Autumn
  6. Pisa in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: May-June and September-October, with preference for June and September. The height of summer (July and August) in the city can be too hot, which is great if you want to go to the beach
  • Period to avoid: none in particular, but from November to early March it often rains and temperatures discourage outdoor activities

Pisa has a typically Mediterranean climate on which the warm currents of the sea influence. Its proximity to the coast ensures that winter temperatures remain several degrees above 0 °, making frost and snow truly rare phenomena. Rainfall is low in every season, even if the minimum level is reached in the summer months. In winter (from November to January) and in the first part of spring, the rainy days increase, without being excessive.

When to go to Pisa: the cheapest period

The best low cost solutions are the height of summer and winter.
In the summer months, the high temperatures discourage most tourists. In winter, the period from November to New Year is to be avoided, when the costs become very high. Better to opt for January and February.

Pisa in Spring

Spring in Pisa can be very hot, but the average temperatures and the rain, quite frequent in the first months of the season, will allow you to visit the city without too many problems even in the hottest hours.
These months are ideal for visiting the city with guided walking tours (from € 14,00 per person) to discover places like the Campo (or square) of Miracles. Here you will find the Monumental Cemetery, where the Crusader knights brought the Holy Land taken directly from Golgotha, the Tower of Pisa, the Baptistery, built in 1153, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, one of the most characteristic buildings in the whole city, in Romanesque style and made with polychrome marbles, mosaics and much more.
In the evening, however, you could take a walk along the Lungarno and participate in the Luminara di San Ranieri. The festival, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, takes place every year on June 15th and 16th.

Pisa in Summer

The summer months are the hottest and also the driest of the year. With highs almost reaching 30 ° and very few days with rainfall, summer days are great for a trip to Marina di Pisa. The area is full of Art Nouveau villas, built in the early twentieth century.

In summer you could also explore the areas close to the city, such as Calci, where you will find a splendid former Carthusian monastery. If you don't want to move too much, take the opportunity to visit the historic center of Pisa and some typical places, such as Borgo Stretto and Borgo Largo, two of the most famous and characteristic areas of the city.

Pisa in Autumn

In autumn, rainfall increases, as opposed to temperatures that begin to drop. In these months, visiting the city and walking outdoors could be a problem, so take advantage of it and explore the museums of the city.
In Pisa you will find the National Museum of San Matteo, with its collections of works by important Tuscan artists such as Giovanni Pisano and Donatello, and archaeological finds.
Other museums that you can visit are that of the Opera del Duomo, which is located in the chapter house of the city Cathedral, and which is home to works moved from the Church and the Baptistery.

Pisa in Winter

In winter, temperatures are very close to 0 °, without touching it. You will hardly find snow or ice, but you may run into rain. However, visiting the city in these months has a very special charm, also thanks to the events that take place for the Christmas holidays.
Among the main events in the winter months, the Christmas markets. Every year the area between via di Banchi and Piazza XX Settembre becomes the site of stalls dedicated to the Christmas holidays.
In the Arsenals area, on the other hand, you will find the Santa Claus Factory, excellent not only for children, but also for adults thanks to the countless tastings of typical Tuscan food and beyond.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: temperatures in this period are low but not excessive. Bring warm clothes with you, but don't overdo it.
  • In summer: hot days will allow you to wear light and airy clothing. Don't get too naked though, you might get burned: for this you will need sunscreen and a hat.
  • In autumn and spring: in these seasons, bring everything you need with you: from short-sleeved t-shirts to light sweaters, to face any sudden change in temperature.

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