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 the 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 for doing so in a day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Pisa Sightseeing
- Best Of Pisa Guided Tour
- Pisa: 5-Hour Afternoon Guided Tour
- Cathedral & Leaning Tour Guided Tour & Pisa Wine Tasting
- Pisa & Leaning Tower Half-Day Tour From Florence
- 3-Hour Pisa City Center Private Walking Tour
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 Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.