Climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Guide for a Perfect Visit [2024]

The Leaning Tower of Pisa may just be the world’s most successful failure. 

Its unintended tilt results from a few careless mistakes and many painstaking fixes, and its unique history is a marvel that captivates visitors to this day.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was never supposed to be anything special. It was constructed in the 12th century by Bonanno Pisano, a relatively unknown architect.

View of the intense tilt of the leaning tower of pisa
Look at how much it leans! Taken March 2024

It was intended to be a simple belltower for the Cathedral of Pisa. Easy, no?

Well, many things went awry… why is why it took nearly 200 years to build a simple tower. By contrast, the Colosseum of Rome, still the largest standing amphitheater in the world, took merely ten years).

⌛ Planning your Pisa trip in a hurry? Here are my quick picks.

🏝️ Best Pisa Tours & Experiences
1. Leaning Tower & Cathedral Complex Tickets (#1 attraction in Pisa!)
2. Chianti Half-Day Wine Tour (top-rated wine tour)
3. Pisa Food Tour (tastings from 5 eateries on a lunch tour)

🛏️ Best Pisa Hotels
1. Grand Hotel Duomo (best Leaning Tower views!)
2. The Rif (art hotel in a renovated 1900s villa)
3. Palazzo Feroci (luxury converted palazzo with designer interiors)

✈️ Flying into Pisa? Book your airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups for a stress-free arrival.

🚘 Planning to travel around Tuscany independently? Look into car rentals in Pisa.

Here, we’ll go into the history of why the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa, in Italian) leans and how you can visit this unique attraction in Pisa on your upcoming trip to Italy.

Why Does the Pisa Tower Lean?​

Allison Green pretending the hold up the leaning tower of pisa in the typical tourist photo
No, the Leaning Tower doesn’t lean on purpose — even though that’s now the big tourist draw!

Just three stories into building the tower, they noticed something was off when it had already begun leaning. In typical Italian fashion, they waited about a century to continue building, trying to counterbalance the shifted weight by building off-balance floors.

After a pause due to wars, they finally added the bell chamber, completing the tower… nearly two centuries later.

But herein is the problem: the tower is made of gray and white marble, a nod to the marble-rich region of Carrera not far away. However, marble is extremely heavy, and that’s a large part of why the issue with the tower leaning began.

The lean of the tower at a 4 degree angle with the pisa cathedral behind it
Leaning at a cool 4 degrees in 2024

But the marble’s not the only thing to blame — the foundation was poorly planned, only three meters deep atop an unstable mix of clay, sand, and shells. Look, I’m no engineer, but that doesn’t sound like a solid start for a huge marble tower weighing nearly 15,000 metric tons.

Interventions were attempted, giving the tower some of its characteristic columns and arches, but never entirely solving the problem. Finally, in 1990, the tower’s lean grew untenable — leaning by a whopping 5.5 degrees.

They started stabilizing the foundation using soil extraction, straightening the tower significantly, and reducing the lean to a more comfortable angle, just under 4 degrees.

As of now, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is considered stable for the next 200 years, when it will undoubtedly need to be worked on again—assuming we still have a planet in 200 years.

​Getting to the Leaning Tower of Pisa​

The area of the leaning tower of pisa with the duomo of pisa
The Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa

Most people visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa in one of two ways: on a day trip from Florence or spending a few days in Pisa, dedicating some proper time to this Tuscan city.

Personally, I recently visited Pisa on a day trip from Florence, and I didn’t think it was nearly enough time—I was left wanting a lot more! 

Whether you visit on a self-guided day trip or visit Pisa for a few days independently, you will arrive at the Pisa train station, Pisa Centrale. You can leave your luggage here if it’s convenient, or you may want to check into a hotel first if you are staying in Pisa overnight.

Either way, from Pisa Centrale train station in the city center, you can make an easy 20-minute walk straight to the Piazza dei Miracoli (formerly the Piazza del Duomo).

You’ll quickly be greeted by Pisa’s most endearing and iconic attraction…. and thousands of less endearing tourists taking cheesy photos with it. 

The leaning tower and the cathedral and lots of crowds
The crowds in Piazza dei Miracoli are intense – watch for pickpockets!

For a cool side trip before visiting the Leaning Tower, just around the corner from the Pisa, you can make a little detour to see the famous ‘Tuttomondo’ Keith Haring mural.

It’s one of the last murals created by Haring before he died from complications of AIDS. It’s located on the wall of the Sant’Antonio Abate church.

Some people may arrive at the Pisa airport, which is extremely close to the town center… You could even walk if you choose as it’s only 2 kilometers away from the town center!

That said, since most people have luggage, they take the Pisa Mover for five Euros to the train station and then walk to the Leaning Tower of Pisa from there.

Getting Tickets to Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Allison Green's hand holding a mobile ticket
My online ticket to enter the Leaning Tower of Pisa

To climb to the top of the tower, you need specific Leaning Tower of Pisa tickets with a dedicated time slot. You must carefully observe the time of your visit. It’s for a 30-minute window, and you must arrive on time within that window to be able to use your ticket.

The best way to ensure you have a reserved time slot to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa is by booking online in advance well ahead of time.

You can also try to go to the ticket office on the same day, but don’t count on it, because in peak season, it’s pretty common for all the tickets for the day to be sold out. 

Your timed ticket to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa will also get you fast-track access to the Pisa Cathedral anytime that same day.

The interior of the pisa cathedral
The Pisa Cathedral may just be more impressive than the Leaning Tower

While visiting the Pisa Cathedral is technically free, those who do not have a bundled ticket for other sites in the Piazza dei Miracoli will have to wait in a longer line. You, on the other hand, get to skip it!

If the individual tickets to climb the Leaning Tower are sold out, don’t fret — you can take a guided tour that includes the city of Pisa as one of the stops and choose an add-on that includes tickets to the Leaning Tower. 

These Pisa Tower tickets are often booked in advance from a separate supply of tickets, so you can usually get tickets this way, even when they are sold out on the official website and GetYourGuide.

What’s It Like Climbing the Leaning Tower?​

Climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a pretty stress-free and easy experience, especially compared to other climbs I’ve done in Italy, like Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence and the Terraces of the Milan Duomo. In comparison, I found those really crowded and disorganized.

The line to climb the Leaning Tower is well-managed and runs quickly, so you don’t have to wait too long. However, they only allow people in the next time slot to be in line, so observe your timed-entry ticket carefully. 

Sign showing the rules for getting in line like no bags, next time slot, etc.
Three rules for waiting in line for a smooth process

The security is also speedy and efficient for easy access to the tower. Note that security does not allow any bags for security reasons — not even small backpacks! — but there is a free cloakroom that you can use. 

They carefully stagger the group times so that the narrow spiral staircases to ascend and descend the tower are manageable and not too crowded.

Before climbing the tower, they have everyone sit in a rounded bench area at the bottom while listening to a brief informational overview of its history. This also helps ensure the tower staircase is manageable, as people from the previous time slot need to descend.

People waiting and listening to a presentation while sitting inside the hollow part of the leaning tower of pisa
Eagerly awaiting our turn to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

Once you’ve heard the presentation, you can start going up the (very narrow) spiral staircases.

Prepare for some serious cardio: you’ve got 5 staircases ahead of you with 269 steps (according to this article, which went and counted every single step themselves — now that’s the kind of petty level of pedantry I can truly respect).

Allison Green with her camera walking down some very steep narrow steps in the round tower of Pisa
So many narrow steps!

You’ll reach the seventh floor first, opening to beautiful views of the Duomo of Pisa.

If you go at the right time, around 10 AM, you’ll see a cool sight: the shadow of the Leaning Tower casting a cool shadow over the Duomo! 

The leaning tower of pisa casting a shadow over the duomo
I loved seeing the shadow of the Leaning Tower on the cathedral!

But the climb’s not over!

You can go up one more staircase to the eighth floor, where you can see the bell chamber and the tallest views over the Campo dei Miracoli, as well as 360-degree views around the rest of Pisa. Now that’s a view!

The belltower area of the tallest part of the leaning tower of pisa
At the bell chamber, the tallest part of the tower

View from the top overlooking Miracle Square and other parts of Pisa
Admiring the 360 views over Pisa’s city center

Leaning Tower of Pisa Admission Hours ​and Tickets

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has straightforward admission hours that don’t change much from day to day.

From April through September, the opening hours are from 9 AM to 8 PM. From October through March, they’re just one hour shorter, from 9 AM to 7 PM. 

Allison Green smiling at the top of the leaning tower of pisa having reached the top
Worth the climb!

Throughout the year, the last admission is 30 minutes before closing, as it takes a minimum of 30 minutes to climb to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and enjoy the views.

To ensure you snag a time slot, be sure to book your tickets ahead of time. Skip-the-line tickets can be booked in advance here.

Other Attractions in the Square of Miracles​

The baptistry building in the suqare of miracles in pisa italy
The Baptistry, one of the many interesting buildings in the complex

In addition to the must-see monument, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, don’t miss a few other highlights in the Piazza dei Miracoli if you have time. Together, they constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

In the interest of saving your time, I won’t go into too much detail, but the places you can visit in the Piazza dei Miracoli are:

  • Duomo di Pisa (Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta): A gorgeous cathedral built in 1063, a hallmark of the Romanesque style that Pisa developed. The interior is particularly ornate and unique, with its gorgeous dramatic stripes of marble and several beautiful mosaics.
People standing in the middle of the Duomo of pisa interior
The beautiful interior of Pisa’s Cathedral
  • Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John): A small, rounded building with a large dome constructed in 1152, shaped so to encourage beautiful acoustics. Like the Duomo, it’s notable for its beautiful marblework that is emblematic of the Pisan style. 
  • Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery): This beautiful cemetery is set amidst a cloister filled with frescoes, surrounded by sarcophagi and tombs of prominent locals. It is a somber but beautiful place to visit away from the hordes of tourists elsewhere in the area.
  • Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum): Just as Florence has its own museum dedicated to its cathedral, so too does Pisa. This museum houses works that were once part of the cathedral and baptistry, providing more focus and curated context on these beautiful works.
  • Sinopie Museum: Here, you can find some drawings made for the frescoes inside the Camposanto, which show a beautiful insight into the artistic process for creating these larger-than-life works.

2 Days in Pisa: Itinerary to Explore this Beloved Tuscan City

The center of Pisa with some beautiful buildings on the waterfront

Pisa may be best known for its iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, but there’s more to the Tuscan city than its famous crooked tower. 

Home to lovely medieval architecture, the world’s first university botanical garden, great museums, and amazing restaurants, Pisa is a perfect Tuscan city to explore on a weekend trip.

⌛ Planning your Pisa trip in a hurry? Here are my quick picks.

🏝️ Best Pisa Tours & Experiences
1. Leaning Tower & Cathedral Complex Tickets (#1 attraction in Pisa!)
2. Chianti Half-Day Wine Tour (top-rated wine tour)
3. Pisa Food Tour (tastings from 5 eateries on a lunch tour)

🛏️ Best Pisa Hotels
1. Grand Hotel Duomo (best Leaning Tower views!)
2. The Rif (art hotel in a renovated 1900s villa)
3. Palazzo Feroci (luxury converted palazzo with designer interiors)

✈️ Flying into Pisa? Book your airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups for a stress-free arrival.

🚘 Planning to travel around Tuscany independently? Look into car rentals in Pisa.

While living in Rome, I traveled to Pisa on one of my many trips across Italy, and I absolutely recommend spending a couple of days in the beautiful city. 

In addition to admiring the peculiar leaning tower, you can enjoy strolling along Borgo Stretto or the Arno River and sample delicious Tuscan food at charming local restaurants.

On the bank of the Arno River, the striped facade of the marble-faced Gothic church Santa Maria della Spina in Pisa
The lovely Santa Maria della Spina on the Arno

This 2 days in Pisa itinerary includes all the highlights in Pisa, from the complex with the Cathedral and Tower to some of the city’s the top museums. 

Even better, you can decide whether you join activities like wine and food tours!

You can easily adapt this Pisa itinerary to your needs by swapping things around to fit your schedule.

Where to Stay in Pisa

The Field of Miracles (also known as Campo dei Miracoli in Italian) as seen when photographed from the Grand Hotel Duomo
Want this view? Stay at the Grand Hotel Duomo!

BEST VIEW | For the most epic views over Pisa’s most famous attractions, Grand Hotel Duomo is all about a central location and views, including a rooftop terrace. With a rather affordable price tag, especially in the off-season, this is a great mid-range option in Pisa.

ARTSY BOUTIQUE | This trendy hotel has excellent amenities just a five-minute walk from Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, making it central and incredible. Set in a renovated villa from the early 1900s, The Rif is dripping with artwork, including temporary exhibitions in the hotel! Plus, some rooms even have a spa bathtub.

DESIGNER LUXURY | In an old palazzo building in the center of Pisa, Palazzo Feroci is a fantastic choice for opulence and elegance, with interior design straight off of a Pinterest board. Rooms balance antique details like crown molding, intricate fireplaces, and exposed beams with avant-garde furnishings for a one-of-a-kind experience that isn’t cheap but is impossible to forget.

Day 1 of Your Pisa Itinerary 

Visit the monuments in the Square of Miracles.

The structure of the Duomo cathedral of pisa and the famous leaning tower of pisa, with lots of tourists around, on a clear sky day
The famous Leaning Tower and its neighboring Pisa Cathedral

As we’ve mentioned, Pisa is practically synonymous with its iconic Leaning Tower, but what you may not know is that the tower is just one piece of the complex of landmarks located in the same square. 

The square is officially called Piazza del Duomo but is commonly known as Piazza dei Miracoli, which means Square of Miracles.

The whole complex, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo, is called Opera della Primaziale Pisana.

Aside from the two major landmarks, it also includes the Baptistery, the Camposanto Cemetery, the Sinopie Museum, and the Opera del Duomo Museum.

The Baptistry of St. John, Pisa, a round building with white marble and a red tile roof, with lots of tourists around
The famous Baptistry of St. John, Pisa

You can easily spend an entire morning in the area, walking around the impressive monuments and visiting the ones you are most interested in.

Visiting all the monuments and museums of the complex takes at least half a day, so be sure to plan accordingly.

You can get a combined skip-the-line ticket that includes access to all the monuments, including the Tower, for 27€.

Buy your ticket online here to save time

If you just want to visit the Duomo, you might be able to get a free entrance ticket at the on-site office, but be aware that these are limited so you might not get in (go very early if you try this)!

Take in the sights of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana.

Famous Pisa cathedral with an interior view of the ceiling mosaics and frescoes, with religious iconography.
The interior of the Pisa Cathedral

The two must-see monuments are the Duomo and, of course, the Tower. 

The Duomo, or Pisa Cathedral, was built in the 11th century and is better known for its black and white marble façade and Islamic elements.

A devastating fire damaged the cathedral in 1595, so many elements were replaced in the early 17th century. 

The church houses several impressive artworks, from paintings and frescoes to the elaborate pulpit by Giovanni Pisano.

The other monument you should absolutely visit if you can is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the symbol of the city. 

Lots of tourists around and at the top of the leaning tower of pisa, which tilts to the right side of the frame, on a sunny summer day.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city’s icon

I mean, if you went to Pisa and didn’t take a cheesy picture of the tower, did you even go?

The iconic bell tower dates to the 12th century. Before construction could even be completed, the structure started leaning due to the soft ground.

The tilt worsened with time, reaching 5.5 degrees by 1990. Over the years, many interventions aimed to keep the tower from toppling but were unsuccessful.

After the tower’s closure in 1990, a new intervention from 1993 to 2001 successfully straightened the tower to a 4-degree tilt. 

To reach the top of the Leaning Tower, you must climb 296 steps, so get ready for a workout.

Unfortunately, this does mean that the visit isn’t suitable for people with certain health issues or disabilities, but the view of the outside is still worth the trip! 

While the Tower and the Duomo are absolute musts, you should also visit the other monuments. 

The Baptistery of St. John the Baptist is Italy’s largest baptistery and features sculptures and architectural elements by local artists like Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.

The interior is impressively vast, with a simple and nearly empty minimalist aesthetic, providing great acoustics.

The Camposanto Monumentale is a walled cemetery featuring elaborate arcades housing tombs and beautiful frescoes.

One of the landmarks of Pisa, the  Camposanto Cemetery, with famous dirt brought back from Calvary near Jerusalem. Walled cemetery on a clear, sunshiney day in the summer travel season.
The beautiful Camposanto Monumentale

The cemetery name, which translates to Sacred Field, is a reference to the soil on which it was built, brought to Pisa from Calvary, just outside Jerusalem, during the Third Crusade.  

Lastly, you can visit two museums housed in the Ospedale Nuovo di Santo Spirito, a former hospital dedicated to helping pilgrims, the poor, and abandoned children. 

The Opera del Duomo Museum displays decorative elements of the cathedral from its various stages, while the Sinopie Museum houses impressive preparatory drawings used by artists to paint the frescoes in the Camposanto.

Have a lunch break.

Narrow central area with a cozy side street in Pisa, with trattorias and restaurants
So many cozy trattorias and osterias in the center of Pisa!

After visiting some or all the monuments in the Square of Miracles, depending on your pace, it’s time for a lunch break.

If you want to stay in the area to complete your visit in the afternoon, have a quick lunch with tasty pizza or sandwiches at Po’stò Cafè Pisa or try the delicious pasta dishes at Il Peperoncino.

Alternatively, if you’re ready for a change of scenery, walk towards Pisa’s historical center, roughly 10 minutes away, and have lunch in a rustic Tuscan restaurant at Osteria del Tumi.

 A black chalkboard menu with a list of dishes in front of a restaurant in pisa city center.

Enjoy delicious pasta or try one of the traditional meat-based Tuscan specialties if you’re in the mood for something hearty.

Their wild boar ragu with polenta is famous!

Explore Pisa’s historical center.

Some colored buildings on a narrow small street in Pisa, with storefronts, arches, and residential buildings up top.
The Borgo Stretto area of Pisa

In the afternoon, you can either go back to visit any monuments or museums you skipped in the Square of Miracles or head directly to Pisa’s historical center.

One of the most charming areas, located right in the heart of the historical center, is Borgo Stretto.

Borgo Stretto translates to “Narrow Village” and is a long and narrow commercial street starting in Piazza Garibaldi and ending at Galileo’s statue

A bronze-made statue featuring Giuseppe Garibaldi in Garibaldi Square in Pisa's center
The Giuseppe Garibaldi statue from in 1892, made by Ettore Ferrari

The colorful buildings on both sides of the street have arcades, providing a pleasant strolling experience any time of the year.

Simply walk down the street and check out the historical buildings and shops, or maybe stop for a coffee at a bar.

Another place worth checking out is the vast Renaissance-era square Piazza dei Cavalieri

a clocktower with an arch, other brick buildings with italian flag, people walking around, orange and pastel colored facades in a piazza in pisa
Buildings in Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights Square)

It’s surrounded by gorgeous buildings like the Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici and the imposing Palazzo della Carovana housing Pisa’s faculty of science.

Another key landmark is the Palazzo dell’Orologio, a medieval building incorporating the ancient Torre della Muda.

This famous tower is notable for being mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. 

Torre della Muda with its arches and clock at the very top

The statue in front of the university building represents Cosimo I de Medici, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Take some time here to wander around the cobweb of narrow streets around Pisa’s historical center; there’s some remarkable beautiful medieval architecture to admire!

Stop by the charming Piazza Carrara, stroll along the Arno River (yup, the same river that runs through Florence), and check out Casa Ammannati, the birthplace of Galileo Galilei.

Visit one of Pisa’s excellent museums.

Blue building of Palazzo Blu with other buildings along the Arno waterfront in Pisa, with reflection on a sunny day
Set along the Arno, Palazzo Blu is the (shocker!) blue building that hosts an art museum

If you have any time left in the afternoon, you can visit one of the many museums in Pisa.

Two museums worth checking out are Palazzo Blu and Museo delle Navi Antiche di Pisa.

If you are passionate about art, Palazzo Blu houses an impressive collection of paintings related to the city of Pisa, either made by local artists or representing the city. 

The artworks cover a span of seven centuries, from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

In addition to the permanent collection, you may check out temporary exhibitions, all for an entry ticket of just 3€ — one of the best deals in Italy!

Plan your visit ahead of time, though! The museum is closed on Monday.

Interior of history museum / Image Credit: SailkoOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

On the other hand, Museo delle Navi Antiche di Pisa is a modern history museum dedicated to telling the story of Pisa through the centuries, starting from its settlement and passing through the Etruscan and Roman phases.

The museum also houses a collection of ships and related artifacts, including remains of ancient Roman ships.

The entry ticket for the museum is 10€, and you can also purchase it online.

You can visit by yourself from Friday to Saturday or join a guided tour on request from Tuesday to Thursday.

Have dinner and stroll along the Arno.

Night view of the lit up colorful houses along the Arno river waterfront in Pisa's city center
View at night along the Arno

End your day with dinner in a traditional Tuscan restaurant followed by a pleasant stroll along the Arno River. 

For dinner, you ca try a tasty pasta dish or enjoy traditional Tuscan meat dishes at either Ristorante alle Bandierine or Il Ristoro della Pe’ (with some delicious local Italian wine, of course). 

After dinner, head to Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti and walk along the river to enjoy the beautiful view of the city at night.   

Day 2 of Your Pisa Itinerary

Go on a half-day wine-tasting or food tour.

A man and a woman holding up two scoops of gelato with a backdrop of the Arno River in Pisa Italy

A great way to spend half a day in any Tuscan city is to join a wine tour in one of the charming hill towns of Tuscany.

Most cities in the region provide such activities, and Pisa is no exception!

These activities allow you to escape the buzzing city and admire the region’s rolling hills and wineries, all while sipping on a good glass of Tuscan wine

Be warned that some of these activities may not be available during winter months.

If you visit from November to February, you can always replace these with more museum visits.

Option One: Half-day Chianti Wine Tasting

a glass of wine with an out of focus landscape behind it

This 4-hour wine-tasting tour is a great activity if you are short on time but want to get a taste of the wonderful Chianti region.

You’ll get a guided tour of a local winery just outside Pisa to learn about wine and olive oil making and sample red and white wine.

The small-group tour is available for a minimum of two people and includes transportation, a tour guide, a winery tour, and wine tasting.

It doesn’t include lunch, so bring snacks!

Option Two: Winery Tour in the Tuscan Countryside

view of wine regions of florence's surrounding area of tuscany

This food and wine tour in the Tuscan countryside lasts around five hours and includes a visit to a wine estate with lessons on wine and olive production techniques.

You’ll sample a selection of local wines paired with delicious Tuscan farm-to-table products.

This tour is also available for at least two people and includes everything from the guide and transportation to food and wine.

You can even request hotel pick-up and drop-off at select hotels. 

If you choose to check out this activity, book well ahead of time, as it can sell out for weeks in advance.

Option Three: Pisa Food Tour

hand holding a gelato in a gelateria

If you prefer staying in Pisa rather than exploring the countryside, such as if you’ve already explored a Tuscany itinerary, you can also join this food tour in the heart of Pisa.

You’ll stop by five local eateries to experience the authentic flavors of Pisan cuisine, from local cheese and cured meats to traditional soups and stews.

You’ll also get to try the famous cecina (chickpea flatbread), and of course, finish the tour with some delicious gelato.

Typical Italian chickpea pancake, a rustic cake, served with focaccia

This food tour lasts roughly 3.5 hours, starting in the late morning, so it’s the perfect lunchtime activity. Like many activities, this tour also requires a minimum of two participants. 

If you decide to do this instead of the wine tour, you can spend the morning exploring the city or visiting a museum that you didn’t get to yesterday.

If you opt for the wine tour instead, you may want to have lunch once you’re back in Pisa.

I Porci Comodi and L’Ostellino are great spots for quick and delicious sandwiches.

Explore more areas of Pisa.

One of the buildings of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele square, the lovely beige colored St Anthony Abbey, a Catholic church in Pisa.
St. Anthony Abbey on Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

In the afternoon, you can cross the Arno and explore the sights on the southern riverbank.

Cross Ponte di Mezzo for a lovely view of the river flanked by the colorful buildings, then stroll along Corso Italia, the main shopping street lined with all kinds of shops.

Near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, you’ll find a building covered in a massive mural by Keith Harring, Tuttomondo.

From here, walk back toward the river to check out the charming Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, a small 13th-century church with a beautiful Gothic façade.

Cross the river on Ponte Solferino and find your way to the Botanical Garden and Museum.

The Arno River with the Ponte Solferino bridge spanning across it, framing colorful houses of the Arno Waterfront.
The lovely Ponte Solferino bridge

The botanical garden belongs to the University of Pisa and is the world’s first university botanical garden, founded back in 1543.

The garden was originally on the riverbank but was moved to its current location in 1591.

Along with the stunning botanical garden housing plants from all continents, you can visit a museum dedicated to the teaching of botany.

You can book your tickets online to save time when you get there.

Rest and have one last dinner in Pisa

The 16th century style of palace in the Gothic revival architecture, known as Palazzo Vecchio de' Medici, along the Arno River
The lovely riverside Palazzo Vecchio de’ Medici

You can spend the rest of the afternoon and early evening resting in your hotel or wandering around the city before heading to dinner.

If you decide to explore more, you can check out Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, the ruins of the Baths of Nero, Porta a Lucca, and the Medici Palace.

Finally, have one last delicious Tuscan dinner at Ristorante Cantina Vasari or Ristorante Allabona.

After dinner, you can enjoy a relaxed stroll around Borgo Stretto to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere without the day crowds.