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  • 1 Leaning Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    This 58m-high bell tower is the symbol of the city of Pisa. Although its famous tilt has granted it globally renowned status, the sheer beauty of its architecture should not be overlooked. The very essence of Pisan Romanesque, its six storeys of gall..

  • 2 Baptistry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    Built over a period of more than two centuries following a project of Diotisalvi, this circular building merges Romanesque elements which have an echo in the cathedral with early Gothic influences. Inside, as well as the vocal performances of the att..

  • 3 Piazza dei Miracoli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    The most famous square in Pisa is (despite the crowds) an architectural ensemble of exceptional unity. Four remarkable monuments make up this universally known group. Bordered by a narrow encircling wall of crenellated red brick, this vast enclosed s..

  • 4 Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    The cathedral is huge and has an air of solidity, yet it seems paradoxically light as a result of the subtle decoration of arcading, galleries and windows which make it such an elegant building. There is an impressive façade, a marquetrywork of multi..

  • 5 Museo Nazionale di San Matteo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za San Matteo in Soarta I - 56127 Pisa

    Located in the cloister of San Matteo, this museum bears witness to the artistic blooming that occurred in Pisa from the 13C to the 15C. There are ceramics (used for the architectural decoration of churches), paintings from the archaic period disting..

  • 6 Church of St Mary of the Thorn Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lungarno Gambacorti I - 56126 Pisa

    The white, light Church stands on the quays of the Arno. It is sculpted with spires, gables, pinnacles, leashes and rose windows and is a real jewel which was designed to house a form from Christ's crown of thorns. It was built at river level and was..

  • 7 Camposanto Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    Designed like a cathedral whose central nave is the open sky, the cemetery resembles a large cloister. The Romanesque arcades have given way to Gothic windows of wonderful lightness. At its centre, the "camposanto" was planted with soil fro..

  • 8 Museum de the Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za Arcivescovado 8 I - 56126 Pisa

    The works here come from the monumental complex of the Square of Miracles. They recall the monuments (models) and, of course, the furniture and the sculptures which decorate them. Most outstanding artists are the sculptor Guglielmo, creator of the ma..

  • 9 Agostini palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti 25-28 I - 56126 Pisa

    This palace was built in the 15C and has a decorative facade, built of brick, with two storeys of Gothic windows and is literally covered in medallions, escutcheons and terracotta garlands.

  • 10 St Peter's church on the Quay Interesting

    Religious buildings

    S 224 I - 56127 Pisa

    On the left bank of the Arno, towards the sea, this Romanesque basilica in golden stone is located on an old quay of the Roman port of Pisa, at the exact spot where St Peter set foot in Italy. Notice the Lombard arcadings in the chevet, decorated wit..

  • 11 Sinopia Museums Interesting

    Museums and art

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    A sinopia, what's that? It is the sketch for a fresco, traced on a first coat of plaster using reddish brown earth coming from Sinope. While removing the frescoes from their backing to restore them after the bombings of 1944, these sinopias were disc..

  • 12 Piazza dei Cavalieri Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za dei Cavalieri I - 56126 Pisa

    This refined square in the heart of medieval Pisa is today teeming with students from Palazzo Cavalieri. It was transformed by Cosimo I Medici who commissioned buildings from Vasari for the Knights of the Order of Santo Stefano. Founded in 1562, this..

  • 13 Church of St Paul on the bank of the Arno

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Paolo-a-Ripa-d'Arno I - 56125 Pisa

    A pretty facade with a triple gallery of columns, adornments of alternating black and white marble, blind arcades decorating the sides: this is pure Pisa Romanesque style. To the side is a curious little brick octagonal building topped with a pyramid..

  • 14 Church of St Michael

    Religious buildings

    Borgo Stretto I - 56127 Pisa

    The transition between Romanesque and Gothic in Pisa? Look no further for this facade has an austere lower part, while in the upper parts open happiness reigns supreme!

  • 15 Church of St Sepulchre

    Religious buildings

    Lungarno Galilei I - 56125 Pisa

    This was built in the 12C by Diotisalvi in an octagonal form with a pyramidal roof. Inside, there is an ambulatory and central chancel with a noble allure. At the foot of the altar rests Marie Mancini, niece of Mazarin, loved by Louis XIV and a victi..

  • 16 Chevaliers palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza dei Cavalieri I - 56126 Pisa

    The lightly curved long facade of this palace is decorated with graffiti of grotesque images and people. On the upper floors a frieze of niches contains the busts of six Medicis who were the grand Dukes of Tuscany and their escutcheon with six balls ..

  • 17 Church of St Catherine

    Religious buildings

    v. Santa-Caterina I - 56127 Pisa

    Another pretty facade, in white marble lightly streaked with grey, where sober blind Romanesque arcades merge harmoniously with two stories of high Gothic galleries. There are attractive monumental tombs of white marble.

  • 18 Pacinotti Quay

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti I - 56126 Pisa

    At the end of a bend in the Arno, between the Ponte di Mezzo and the Ponte Soferino, opposite the high white silhouette of the church of St Mary of the Thornbush, this quay has majestic palaces on either side: one today hosts the university ( Upezzin..

  • 19 Upezzinghi Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti 43 I - 56126 Pisa

    This 17C Palace is today the University of Pisa. Its facade is spread around a large doorway topped with a window opening onto the balcony which is itself topped with a large a escutcheon decorated with a lion.

  • 20 Hussard' cafe

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lungarno Pacinotti 27 I - 56126 Pisa

    This legendary cafe was founded in 1794 and the writers of the Risorgimento used to frequent it. It has lasted to this day; so make the most of sitting in one of these great Italian cafes of yesterday which have defied the centuries and the blandishm..

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