Free things to see and do in Pisa

Sights in Pisa

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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
Pisa: Around Campo dei Miracoli

The glorious Gothic cathedral of Pisa

 
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No, the picture isn't askew; the church is (Photo by Samuele Manfrin)
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San Michele degli Scalzi
Pisa: Along the Arno

The evening-more-leaning tower of Pisa (bonus: leaning church)

 
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The facade (Photo by Luca Aless)
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San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno
Pisa: Along the Arno

The oldest church in Pisa with a lovely Romanesque chapel

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

An octagonal Romanesque church by the Arno

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

A Romanesque-Gothic church with a Giovanni Pisano inside

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

A Gothic facade and Pisano carvings

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

A barn of a church with Mannerist and Baroque pantings

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

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

 

Sights in Italy

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

The glorious Gothic cathedral of Pisa

 
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No, the picture isn't askew; the church is (Photo by Samuele Manfrin)
Free
San Michele degli Scalzi
Pisa: Along the Arno

The evening-more-leaning tower of Pisa (bonus: leaning church)

 
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The facade (Photo by Luca Aless)
Free
San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno
Pisa: Along the Arno

The oldest church in Pisa with a lovely Romanesque chapel

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

An octagonal Romanesque church by the Arno

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

A Romanesque-Gothic church with a Giovanni Pisano inside

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

A Gothic facade and Pisano carvings

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

A barn of a church with Mannerist and Baroque pantings

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

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

 

Experiences in Italy

 (Photo courtesy of Paris Greeters)

Free greeter programs around the world encourage locals to welcome you to their hometown

 

Lodgings in Italy

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The Palagetto Guest House in Florence will give you a room in exchange for: Installing mosquito screens, professional photographs of the rooms, printing brochures for them, gently used bikes, installation of a shower by a professional plumber, or origami (Photo courtesy of the property)

Free lodgings in Italy: Hospitality networks (couchsurfing), home swaps, and house sitting services

 
Those peanuts in the minibar don't cost just peanuts—they cost €7! And since when was a bottle of water worth €4.25?

Ways to sleep for free in Italy

 
 (Photo courtesy of Europosters)

Couchsurfing and other hospitality networks allow you to sleep for free in other member's homes

 
Getting to know some locals is a bit part of staying with a fellow hospitality club member (Photo courtesy of The Affordable Travel Club)

Hospitality networks gather folks who are willing to put up fellow members in their homes for free or for a small fee

 
This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

 
This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

 
The Palagetto Guest House in Florence will give you a room in exchange for: Installing mosquito screens, professional photographs of the rooms, printing brochures for them, gently used bikes, installation of a shower by a professional plumber, or origami lessons by a Japanese artist. (Photo courtesy of the property)

Programs like WWOOF and Helpx let you barter your services for a free place to stay

 
Sailboats (Photo by plb06)

If you love sailing, or just have an unquenchable taste for adventure and new experiences, you can sign on to help crew a boat just about anywhere in the world, including Italy

 

Dining in Italy

Many Italian bars lay our free snacks in the evenings (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
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Yes, there are a couple of ways to enjoy excellent Italian food absolutely free

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls (Photo by Skype)

Use Skype (and an internet connection) to make and receive free voice and video calls—or have your friends and family Skype your cell in Italy for 10¢ per minute or $3 per month.