Should You Visit Pisa?

Is Pisa worth visiting?

Yes, there are many reasons to visit Pisa. Everyone should experience this amazing city, and we loved our stay here.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the amazing museums and fantastic food.

Pisa is a world-famous city that's located in the region of Tuscany. While most people will recognize its famous Leaning Tower, the city itself has many beautiful buildings and a wonderful atmosphere. There are lively squares, a beautiful cathedral, and world class restaurants. The city is also home to a world renowned university.

The Cathedral and Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy The Cathedral and Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

6 Reasons to Visit Pisa

1. Museums

The city is more than a one hit wonder. In addition to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, you'll find many beautiful buildings and museums. Popular places to visit include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Campo Santo (Sacred Field), and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

2. Food

The local cuisine is heavily influenced by the city's maritime roots. You'll find many seafood dishes as well as local classic recipes that have been passed down through the generations. A quintessential local dish is Bordatino alla Pisana, which is made with beans, cabbage, and cornflour. Also popular are Pasta e Ceci (chickpea pasta), Palette (a local polenta), and Trippa alla Pisana.

3. Nightlife

Head out to an aperitivo bar for an early drink, then head to one of the area's best nightlife neighborhoods. For the biggest party scene, go about 10 kilometers out of town to the Versilian coast. This area has the most popular clubs. If you decide to stay in town, there are still plenty of places to catch live music and dance.

4. Historical Sights

The old town is where you'll find the city's classic charm and many of the best sights.

5. Shopping

There's a great mix of traditional markets, high end stores, and indoor shopping malls where you can find anything that you might need. Corso Italia is one of the most popular shopping areas, but also worth checking out are Centro Commerciale Pisanova, Borgo Stretto and Borgo Largo.

6. Beaches

Many people forget that there are beaches near Pisa, but the city is close to the sea. Some of the closest beaches include Marina di Vecchiano and Marina di Pisa.




Is Pisa worth visiting in the Summer?

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 23°C (73°F) with daily high temperatures often more than [No Data].

The peak season for travel is summer in Pisa, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is quite touristy, so in the high season it's busier than usual. You'll see larger crowds and longer lines, as well as higher prices. On the other hand, there's plenty to see and do at this time of year because everything is open.

You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable city, especially in the nice weather. This is a great time of year to relax at the beach, browse the museums, and admire the historic sights. Also, you can experience the nightlife.


Summer Weather in Pisa
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 23°C (73°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
August 23°C (73°F) 50 mm (2 in)
September 21°C (70°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)

Is Pisa worth visiting in the Autumn?

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Pisa. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during autumn, and temperatures hover around 17°C (63°F).

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. Soaking up that old town charm in the autumn is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. You'll find plenty to do during autumn, as you'll be able to take in the beautiful scenery, browse around the old town, and spend time at the museums.


Autumn Weather in Pisa
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 17°C (63°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
November 11°C (52°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
December 8°C (46°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)

Is Pisa worth visiting in the Winter?

This is the low season for travel in Pisa. This destination is quite touristy, but in the low season you'll see fewer crowds and much better prices.

The weather in Pisa can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 7°C (45°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

During this season it's fun to experience the museums and landmarks, the cuisine, and the historic old town. Also, you can check out the nightlife.


Winter Weather in Pisa
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 7°C (45°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
February 8°C (46°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
March 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)

Is Pisa worth visiting in the Spring?

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during spring, and temperatures hover around 13°C (55°F).

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Pisa, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

The scenery of the town this time of year is absolutely beautiful. Admire the gardens, parks, and fantastic architecture, too. Soaking up that old town charm in the spring is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. This is a great time of year to browse the shops, wander through the museums, and take in the beautiful scenery. Also, you'll be able to admire the historic sights and enjoy the evening activities.


Spring Weather in Pisa
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 13°C (55°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
June 20°C (68°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Pisa

Not As Family-Friendly
While there are some family activities, it's not as child-friendly as other destinations.

Not As Romantic
For couples, this destination does not have a great vibe for romance compared to other places.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Pisa might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Pisa here or see if Pisa is expensive here.

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What is Pisa most famous for?

Pisa is most famous for its iconic Leaning Tower, its beautiful squares, and its lively atmosphere. People visit this impressive city for its great museums, food, nightlife, historical sights, and shopping. It's also known for beaches. It is often described as classic, charming, iconic, and world-famous.


What is the most famous sight in Pisa?

The most popular sight in Pisa is The Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Pisa on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Leaning Tower of Pisa and other attractions here.

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How touristy is Pisa? Is it a popular city to visit?

Pisa is a popular city for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • Carrara Marble Quarry Tour with Food Tasting: $98
    • Excursions / Van Tours / Sightseeing: $119
    • Pisa food and drink tour: $104
    • Santa Maria Island Jeep Safari Full Day Tour: $144
    • Pisa walking tour with private shooting: $133
    • Private Tour of Leaning Tower Pisa Top Attractions w Local Guide: $276
    • Kayak tour on the river Arno, Pisa (aperitif upon request): $39
    • Pisa Beyond the Leaning Tower Walking Tour: $44

    How long should I spend in Pisa?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Pisa is one to three days. Since Pisa has activities such as nightlife, historical sights, shopping, and museums, many visit for up to three days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Pisa? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Pisa?.

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