What to see in Pisa

Pisa museums, ruins, monuments, churches, and other top attractions

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The arcades of the campanile (Photo by Frans-Banja Mulder)
Leaning Tower
Around Campo dei Miracoli

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is world's most famous bell tower, and an icon of pizza boxes everywhere

 
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The Battistero (Photo by Kiste11)
Baptistery
Around Campo dei Miracoli

A massive drum-like Romanesque base with a Pisano-designed Gothic skullcap of a roof

 
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The gorgeous Cathedral of Pisa (and its famously tipsy bell tower in the background) (Photo by Vitbaisa)
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Cathedral
Around Campo dei Miracoli

The glorious Gothic cathedral of Pisa

 
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The museum recreates the placements of the original frescoes (Photo by Joanbanjo)
Museo delle Sinopie
Around Campo dei Miracoli

A Pisa museum housing the amazing, full-sized medieval preparatory sketches for the lost Camposanto frescoes

 
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The central cemetery of the Campsanto, filled with dirt from the Holy Land (Photo by Luca Aless)
Il Camposanto
Around Campo dei Miracoli

The famous ruined frescoes and ancient sculptures inside Pisa's holy burial ground

 
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The Giovanni Pisano room (Photo by Sailko)
CLOSED: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Around Campo dei Miracoli

CURENTLY CLOSED. The museum of artifacts and original sculpture from the Duomo group in Pisa

 
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The room of painted crosses (Photo by Luca Aless)
Museo di San Matteo
Along the Arno

A treasury of Gothic and early Renaissance paintings by the Arno

 
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The Baptistery, Duomo, and Campanile (Leaning Tower) on Pisa's Campo dei Miracoli (Photo by Char)
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Campo dei Miracoli
Around Campo dei Miracoli

Pisa's Field of Miracles

 
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The certosa and natural history museum, as seen from the Museo di Storia Naturale (Photo courtesy of the Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Pisa in Calci)
Certosa di Calci
Pisa Outskirts

A baroque Carthursian monastery (and Natural History Museum) a dozen kilometers east of Pisa

 
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The little Gothic church along the Arno (Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta)

A gorgeous, miniature pile of Gothic spires by the Arno

 
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A stream (Photo by Ciampi Mario)
Tenuta di San Rossore
Pisa Outskirts

A coastal nature preserve at Pisa's doorstep

 
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The piazza (Photo by Nikolai Karaneschev)
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Piazza Cavalieri
Eastern Downtown Pisa

A felicitous square withe the Vasari-deigned Palazzo dei Cavalieri, San Stefano church, and legendary Palazzo dell'Orologio

 
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The facade (Photo by Luca Aless)
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The oldest church in Pisa with a lovely Romanesque chapel

 
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A Crucifixion carved by Giovanni Pisano (Photo by Jordiferrer)
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San Nicola
Along the Arno

A Romanesque-Gothic church with a Giovanni Pisano inside

 
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The interior (Photo by Johann H. Addicks)
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San Francesco
Eastern Downtown Pisa

A barn of a church with Mannerist and Baroque pantings

 
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The octagonal church (Photo by Luca Aless)
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Santo Sepolcro
Along the Arno

An octagonal Romanesque church by the Arno

 
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There is lots of great Gothic carved detail in the facade (Photo by Sailko)
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Santa Caterina
Eastern Downtown Pisa

A Gothic facade and Pisano carvings

 
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No, the picture isn't askew; the church is (Photo by Samuele Manfrin)
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The evening-more-leaning tower of Pisa (bonus: leaning church)

 
 
Activities, walks, & excursions links
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).