Pisa Italy one day itinerary

Pisa Italy one day itinerary

Pisa Italy, which is located in the middle of the country, is known for its Leaning Tower of Pisa. Yet, there are still more that this city has to offer. Pisa Italy has more than twenty historic churches, a number of medieval palaces, and astonishing view of bridges across the River Arno. Many of the architectures that we currently see in the city of Pisa were financed in the past by the maritime republics, or merchants that enjoyed political freedom and economic prosperity as a result of their maritime activities.

Spending a day in Pisa is enough the experience the city. But if you have more days to spent, then you can have an in-depth immersion of this city. Most of the major attractions of Pisa can be explored by foot. In this blog, I will discuss the one day itinerary in Pisa as we can see in the walking map below. It starts from the Piazza del Miracolli and ended up with the Pisa Central station, in case you want to catch up a train to other major Italian cities at the end of the day. Some of the places to visit in Italy includes Milan Italy and the Vatican, which is a famous pilgrimage place.

The walking map of Pisa Italy.

Pisa Italy one day itinerary

1. Piazza del Miracoli Pisa Italy

Piazza del Miracoli, which is also known as the Field of Miracles, is the famous square that houses three main attractions of Pisa – the Leaning Tower, Cathedral of Santa Maria Asunta, and the Baptistry. The huge square is surrounded by many restaurants, shops, and architectures. Note that since this place is a major attraction, there are many tourists in the area so try to visit early morning to avoid the crowd. Though it is best to see the place when there is a sun, and during sunset. It gives and electric vibe and beautiful view of the architectures.

The three famous attractions of Pisa Italy – the Baptistry, Church, and Leaning Tower (from left to right).
Eating gelatos outside the Piazza del Miracoli.

2. Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, as the name suggests, is known for its nearly four-degree leaning building caused by an unstable foundation. The beginning of construction of the Leaning Tower was in 1173 and continued for about 200 years. It is made of marble and consists of eight stories that include the chamber for the bells. It is possible to climb the Tower and view the city of Pisa from top. Of course, it is possible to appreciate the beauty of this architecture as the sunlight hits the tower, as well as the other dominant architectures such as the Baptistry and the Church.

2. Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral founded in 1064. It was built in two stages. The first stage is done by Buscheto, an architect who designed the original foundation of the basilica consisting of four aisles and one nave, a transept with one nave and two aisles, and the dome on the cross vault. The second stage is done by Rainaldo, who extended the building of the cathedral and its façade. A fire in 1595 destroyed the majority of the church, and thus many of the destroyed works were replaced and a vast decorative plan was started. Aside from the stunning external architecture, the free entrance inside the cathedral makes it possible to view its breathtaking interior.

The view of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta from a grass field.
The astonishing architecture of the Cathedral.
Beautiful paintings as part of the cathedral’s interior.

3. The Baptistery in Pisa Italy

The Baptistry is the third attraction in the Piazza dei Miracoli. From the outside, this architecture looks like a small and ‘another building’ as compared to the other two, more famous attraction – the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Cathedral. But the Baptistry is just as stunning, and almost as large, as the others. The intricate exterior design and the white marble used for constructing this building definitely cries out for the Glory of God!

The Baptistry in Piazza del Miracoli.

4. Camminamento delle Mura di Pisa (Pisa’s Wall)

The Pisa’s Wall is an 11-meters high wall that allow public to see the city from different perspective. Its construction started in 1154, almost the same time century as the other architectures in Pisa were built. The wall construction began in the area of the city north of Arno River, and lasted for 7 years, in which a further completion was made in 1284 in the vicinity of Cittadella Vecchia. Nowadays, the walk in Pisa’s Wall spans from Piazza del Miracoli to Piazetta del Rosso.

The Pisa Wall from the background

5. Piazza dei Cavalieri

Piazza dei Cavalieri, also known as the Knights’ square, is the second main square of Pisa. It is a few minutes walk from Piazza del Miracoli. This square was once a political square and became the headquarter of the Knights of Order of St. Stephen after the 16th century. Nowadays, the square is home to a public university institution in Pisa – namely Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

At Piazza de Cavalieri square.
The Scuola Normale Superiore Di Pisa.

6. Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina (River Arno)

Next to visit of Piazza del Miracoli and Piazza de Cavalieri, a further walk on the city will lead you to the beautiful trail of River Arno. Here you can find all the beautiful architectures that include buildings, houses, towers, and church. Also located on the bank of the River Arno, is Pisa’s finest example of Gothic church called Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina. This beautiful small church by the river is an architectural exemplar from 14th century. It houses an important relic a spike from the Jesus Christ crown-of-thorns. Make sure to drop by in this church during your walk and take nice pictures too.

Enjoying the view of River Arno in Pisa.

7. Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II Pisa Italy

The further you walk downtown, you will discover another square called the Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II. This square is a small one with a prominent statue of Vittorio Emanuele II. The statue is sculpted by Cesare Zocchi and was inaugurated on 22 September 1892 in the presence of King Umberto. During our visit, the square is surrounded by some “markets” and shops that will lead to the city center. There was also a nice coffee shop close to the square, which offers affordable coffees and pastries for a truly Pisa experience.

Trying out some nice pastries in a coffe shop close to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
Having fun at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

8. Mural Tuttomondo (Keith Haring)

The famous Mural Tuttomondo made by the iconic Keith Haring is literally just a minute walk from the coffee shop that we visited daily in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. Seeing the artwork of Keith Haring can make your trip in Pisa Italy even more interesting! There is often no crowds in this place. The mural painting is still in good condition given the fact this is already more than 30+ years old.

The Mural Tuttomondo by Keith Haring.
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