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1 Day Pisa Itinerary: What To Do In Pisa In One Day

What To Do In Pisa In One Day

So you have one day in Pisa. Maybe you’ve planned a quick stop in the city before flying on to Sardinia. Taking the train to Rome. Or teleporting to another planet. Whatever the reason for ending up in this Tuscan town, welcome. We’ve got a lot planned for what to do in Pisa in one day.

Get Your Bearings

 I know you’re itching to visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa even though it’s the most touristy thing about this town, but let’s hold off until afternoon. I’ll explain why later. Instead, let’s just get to know this town by walking around. It’s pretty easy to navigate, and its size is perfect to do so in a day.

Book a city tour here.

The gorgeous Piazza Dei Miracoli building with its ancient architecture surrounded by visitors eager to spend the sunny day Pisa sightseeing

Piazza Dei Miracoli

If you haven’t eaten breakfast yet, plop down at one of the outdoor tables along the Corso Italia, which is a main artery of the city and chock-full of great shopping. Order a cornetto and a caffelatte and let the people-watching begin.

Side view of marble statues of women in several poses from sitting to pondering to gesturing, each immaculately sculpted

Statues in Pisa, Italy

Insider Tip: Don’t order a latte like you would in the US. It means “milk” in Italy, so you’ll end up with a frothy glass of the white stuff. Also, Italians don’t order cappuccinos after 11 in the morning. They think it’s bad for digestion. Do what you want. You’re a tourist. But if you want to feel cool and want an espresso-based drink after 11, order a caffelatte instead.

Old stone fountain covered with leaves in a picturesque Pisa garden

Garden fountain in Pisa, Italy

Stick to window shopping for now, or you’ll have to lug everything you buy all day. Make note of the stores you want to buy from. I highly recommend Giuliano Tartufi, my favorite store on the planet. They sell tiny jars of all variety of truffle sauces, dips, and salts. 

Stand on the bridge that goes over the Arno River. It’s pretty. Take a selfie.

Side of a bridge leading to arches on the other side with the river flowing underneath

Pisa bridge

Take in a Little Wildlife

Cross the bridge and keep heading north until you find the Orto e Museo Botanico, or Botanical Garden. It’s nestled behind a brick fence in the middle of the neighborhood, so you might have trouble locating the entrance. Pay the modest €4 entry fee and set yourself loose among plants native to every continent.

Book a Reserved Entrance Pass for the Leaning Tower and The Cathedral here.

More Pisa Sightseeing

Pisa is often associated with the Leaning town. However, there are so many other things to do in Pisa that just get overlooked. Discover the true Italian town beyond its famous monuments.

What To Do In Pisa In One Day was written by Susan Guillory.

When Susan Guillory isn’t running her marketing company, she’s traveling and writing about it on The Unexplorer. She’s written several books (business, as well as travel) and has been published on Forbes, FOX Business, and other sites. Follow her on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

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