Our visit to Pisa was the quickest out of our 3 Weeks in Europe but it was an enjoyable one. Originally we had planned to spend a whole day here. We were staying in Florence and were going to pass by Pisa on our way to La Spezia where we were going to see Cinque Terre. However, my dad made a mistake when he purchased our train tickets, and we only had a 2 hour stop in Pisa.
Although it was a super quick visit, we were able to enjoy some beautiful views here. Pisa is not a big city, so half a day to a full day is more than enough to enjoy the most known places in this city.
If you are traveling to Pisa through train, it is about a 15-20 minute walk from the station. You can walk from there and start enjoying the views.
However, if you are staying in Pisa, just make sure to pick a hotel near the places you will be visiting. You can start your day with a quick breakfast before you head out to your adventure.
One Day Trip to Pisa
As soon as we arrived, we headed to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A lesser known fact about the tower is that it is actually a bell tower. The tower started to sink during construction that took over 200 years, but because of this flaw is why the city is now so famous.
You can climb the tower for stunning views of the city, but because of the short amount of time we had, we decided not to do it. So we spent quite some time trying to get the perfect picture with the tower.
In the same area, you will find the Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery, which is also slightly leaning.
After spending about an hour and a half here, we decided to head back to the train station before we miss our train La Spezia/ Cinque Terre. But if you are staying in the area, you can visit the Cemetery Campo Santo, the Knights’ Square, Palazzo Blu, and others. There are tons of other beautiful spots to visit in the city, so if you have more time, definitely look up some of these places.
Some tips to know during your visit to Pisa:
Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We visited in November, so we were able to see a lot because the crowd wasn’t too busy. However, if you visit during peak season, you may find a bigger crowd, and lines will be longer to enter the locations.
Tip # 2: Although it wasn’t such a big problem here, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train or escalators.
Tip # 3: The area is quite a tourist spot and it is surrounded by lots of people trying to sell you things, or pickpocketing. So be very careful.
Tip # 4: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.
I hope that this itinerary helped you get an idea of things that you can do during your visit to Pisa. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.
Definitely enjoy the views, the amazing architecture, and the food.
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