What to do in Pisa

Visit Pisa during a Mediterranean cruise

Introduction

Most of Pisa's landmarks are located around the Campo dei Miracoli, the oldest part of the city. This magnificent square recieved its name from the Italian writer and poet Garbriele d'Annunzio. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the most famous monument. Actually, it is the freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral (Duomo) of Pisa. When construction began in the 12th century, the tower already began to lean. It became so dangerous, it was closed to the public in 1990. The tower was stabilized and after more than ten years reopened to the public. Once straightening  the tower was considered, which is perfectly possible with modern techniques. However, this would not be good for tourism ...

Pisa is also an important university town, which developed around the Scuola Normale di Pisa. It bustles with life on the squares and on the banks of the Arno River, which divides the city. A visit to the Santa Maria district and the white church of San Michele in Borgo should not be missed.

Practical

The Leaning Tower of Pisa became the tourist icon of Italy, but there are many more landmarks in the city. It is a must-see! Pisa is only 30 kilometers (18,6 miles) away from Livorno and about 80 kilometers (49,7 miles) away from La Spezia. You have excellent connections by public transport. Check out the train, taxi and bus connection from Livorno cruise port. If you are docked in La Spezia, you can find directions here.

A quick visit of Pisa only takes 1.5 hours. Most people go for 2 to 3 hours. Of course, you can also choose to explore the city thoroughly and visit other place apart from Campo dei Miracoli. Count on half a day.

You can go on your own or join an organized excursion.

Popular ports for an excursion to Pisa are: