What to Do in Pisa, Italy: Top X Things

The city of Pisa is undoubtedly one of the most famous cities in the world and a societal cliche with its famed Leaning Tower (how many times have you seen images of people pushing up, leaning into, or poking some sort of fun at the tower’s stance?). But there’s more to Pisa than the famous tower. The city of Pisa is a typical stop-over for many tourists who are headed to the bigger UNESCO site of Florence, but it should be a destination unto itself. Although the population is shy of 100,000 individuals, making it one of the smaller cities in the region, it still has plenty of activities of its own to write home about.

With all of these activities, you’re about to put on your bucket list, be sure to also look for luggage storage in Pisa Centrale so that you can swiftly get around without being weighed down by any travel items. 

Before you go, it’s good to know some fun facts about the city of Pisa to get better acquainted with the area:

  • While some tourists might assume Pisa is a higher elevated city, Pisa is only 13 feet above sea level. 
  • When the Roman Empire collapsed the city of Pisa remained to stand. It once was a main urbanized city throughout the region of Tuscany, before the city of Florence took its place as the main hub in Tuscany
  • The University of Pisa is home to one of the most famous names of all time—Galileo Galilei
  • UNESCO declared the entirety of Cathedral Square (which houses the Pisa Cathedral, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Camposanto Monumental, and the Pisa Baptistry) a World Heritage Site in 1987

So, what is there to do in Pisa, Italy? Here are the top 5 things.

Head to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is directly next door to the Leaning Tower of Pisa but is oftentimes less presented in photographs than its more famous neighbor. The Cathedral was built in the 11th century with remarkable stone, marble, and bronze. It’s an architectural and artistic prize that should be enjoyed by all those who come to visit the region.

Lean into the Leaning Tower of Pisa

When you visit Pisa you absolutely have to stop at the Leaning Tower. Not doing so is like going to New York City and missing the Empire State Building—as cliche as it might seem, it’s popular for a reason. The Leaning Tower was built a century after its larger neighbor, the Cathedral, and got its name from its noticeable tilt. Unlike modern structures today, which are intentionally built on a tilt to defy architectural conformities and stir interest, the tower wasn’t originally intended to tilt. What happened was that, after it was built, the foundation of the building began to prove unstable. As time continues on, local infrastructure authorities still monitor the tower so that everyone is safe and that it doesn’t actually tilt to the point of no return. However, tilt aside (although that’s a reason on its own to visit) the tower has six stone arched rows that match the arched rows of the Cathedral next to it and is a perfect complement to the Italy scenery surrounding it. 

Take in history at the Museo Nazionale

The Museo Nazionale, also known as the National Museum of Pisa, is sometimes referred to as the heart of Pisa with its well-adorned sculptures and historic possessions. Envision paintings dating back centuries, ancient manuscripts, religious documents, and other artifacts that helped to shape the city of Pisa we know today. In the museum, you’ll discover how the past connects to the present and why so much of the city is prized countrywide. 

Enjoy a scenic walk along the Arno River

The city of Pisa was built around the River Arno, one of the key rivers in all of Italy, which begins at Mount Falterona. There are five bridges that connect one side of Pisa to the other, that cross the River Arno. 

Stroll along the Borgo Stretto

The Borgo Stretto combines two of Italy’s best qualities—architecture and shopping. The Borgo Stretto is central in the city of Pisa, beginning at the Piazza Garibaldi, and welcomes visitors and tourists alike to shop its uniquely tailored shops, high-end designer stores, and of course, invites you to enjoy a cafe or meal at any one of the restaurants. If shopping isn’t for you, simply look all around you and notice the beautiful detail in the architecture of the buildings.


There are plenty of options for luggage storage in Pisa Centrale–the Piazza dei Cavalieri, at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a North Pisa storage spot, the Lucca Storage, at the Piazza Napoleone, also at the Porta Elisa, at Viareggio, the Pontile di Lido di Camaiore, the Scoglio della Regina, and the Querceta Storage spot. 

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