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Exploring the hidden gems of Pisa in one day

The flow of passengers to Tuscany through Pisa has increased considerably in the last few years thanks to its international airport that receives flights from many places around Europe. Pisa, therefore, is a perfect stopover on your way towards Dievole Wine Resort, since you can explore the city in a day before continuing your journey. Many people think that the leaning tower is the only important sight in Pisa, but they couldn’t be more wrong. This city houses many hidden gems, and here come our suggestions of what to do in Pisa in 1 day.

The leaning tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli

Naturally, you can’t leave Pisa without visiting its symbol, the leaning tower and the main square, the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) where many of the most emblematic buildings found. The whole square is declared UNESCO World Heritage site. We recommend you to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds, and to have fewer tourists doing the same “pushing against the tower” pose in your photos. The leaning tower is one of the most peculiar buildings of the world that has tilted 1 mm ever since it was completed in the 14th century. You can climb the tower to have the best views, but you have to book in advance here.

Don’t appreciate only the tower, but contemplate all the other landmarks found at Piazza dei Miracoli including the Duomo (Cathedral), the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery.

Get lost visiting the other squares of Pisa

Piazza dei Cavalieri

Piazza dei Cavalieri / Gábor Kovács

Many tourists limit their visit to the main square, but there are so many other things to do around. Pisa, for instance, hides several charming squares that you should discover during your stay. The Piazza dei Cavalieri is a beautiful square from the Renaissance era that hosts the only church in town from that period, the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri. In the same square you can also find the impressive buildings of Palazzo della Carovana and Torre dell’Orologio, which both belong to the Scuola Normale Superiore, one of the most famous universities in the country. Continue your visit on Piazza delle Vettovaglie, a beautiful square with porticoes, which was once called Pigs’ Square. You can enjoy the daily market here or try a tasty aperitif in one of the cheap restaurants. Don’t miss out on Piazza La Pera either, a popular square amongst locals, and the connecting Via San Martino, a lovely street with a series of wonderful Renaissance buildings. You will simply be amazed by the beautiful façades of the buildings here and the ambience will transport you to a real medieval town.

Take a stroll along the Arno River

Riverside in Pisa - Arno River

Arno River / Gábor Kovács

Amongst the pleasant things to do in Pisa, we can also recommend you a stroll along the Arno River. The same river that flows through Florence, cuts Pisa in two parts: the touristic area on the North, and the more local side of Pisa on the South. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the colourful buildings on the riverside and the mountains in the background. In order to have better views, we advise you to walk on Lungarno Pacinotti, the North bank of the river.

Visit San Francesco Church

Finally, if you are looking for a really hidden gem in Pisa, look for this church usually overlooked by visitors. The building has a marble facade from the 17th-century, but it features elements from both the Romanesque and the Gothic period. We especially recommend you to check out Taddeo Gaddi’s frescoes in the choir and the cloister that dates back to the 14th century.

Just as you can see, Pisa is much more than its world famous leaning tower. We hope that our guide let you enjoy a perfect stopover in Pisa on your way to Dievole.