Pisa attractions, Italy

Cathedral Square in Pisa, Piazza del Duomo, Tuscany, Italy

Cathedral Square in Pisa, Piazza del Duomo, the main reason to be in the town.

Just how many Pisa attractions are there, anyway?

Pisa’s rôle as a tourist attraction is limited mainly to this Piazza del Duomo and it’s ridiculous bell tower, though there is a decent collection of churches and palaces around if they’re of any interest. Judging by the dull Duomo interior we were not optimistic, nor did the streets or cafés offer much encouragement to hang around so we decided a long afternoon in Pisa was just about enough.

However, the great advantage of Pisa is its international airport means you can stop over briefly en route for/from somewhere more lively and with a broader range of sights such as Lucca (about an hour’s drive) or Florence (about 90 minutes drive). All three cities are in Tuscany.

Piazza del Miracoli, Baptistry and Pisa Cathedral, Tuscany, Italy

Piazza del Miracoli, with the Baptistry on the left and Pisa Cathedral on the right. Photo by Mihael Grmek.

Out of the picture further right is the bell tower, aka The Leaning Tower. Neither the Cathedral nor the Baptistry gave any buzz to the Bugcrew, tho’ the walk to the top of the Leaning Tower was quite a thrill, albeit after a long wait in line beforehand.

More sights

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Cathedral, Tuscany, Italy

And a shot of the Leaning Tower that is difficult to avoid!

The view over Pisa city from the Leaning tower, Tuscany, Italy

The view over Pisa from the tower.

Cosimo Medici monitors Piazza dei Cavalieri, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Cosimo Medici monitors Piazza dei Cavalieri. Photo by JoJan.

Dusk in Pisa at Palazzo dei Cavalieri (aka della Carovana), Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Dusk at Palazzo dei Cavalieri (aka della Carovana).

This palace was originally built in 1564 for the Holy Military Order of St Stephen, a kind of private army controlled by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de Medici (statue below). It is currently a public university known as a ‘Superior Graduate School’.

Pisa  non-attractions

Pisa street, Tuscany, Italy

Sadly city streets lack the same excitement as the tower area.

The River Arno, Pisa's Middle Bridge, Tuscany, Italy

Equally the banks of the River Arno. This is Middle Bridge. Photo by Daderot.