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Get a pizza this! The BEST plan for a perfect package holiday to Pisa, Italy

Pisa, Italy

Get a pizza this! London Southend Airport is officially flying to Pisa, a beautiful Italian city with far more to offer than a mere leaning tower (shoutout to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you know you’re an icon). We’re talking historical wonders of the world and mouthwatering Tuscan cuisine to art, nature and day trips to die for.

Now, the real question is: where do you start?

We’re here to help you wrap your head around Pisa before you visit, with a breakdown of some of the famous sites you’ll want to see, the restaurants you’ll want to visit, and places in the surrounding area to explore. So, take a slice out of our recommendation book for the perfect package holiday plan to Pisa, Italy.

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Sites to see in Pisa

Let’s face it – you’re going to get a picture of you holding up the Leaning Tower. It’s a must-do, but there’s so much more to Pisa than its most famous wonky resident – even in the area surrounding the tower itself! Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful sites you can’t miss on your trip. 

Piazza dei Miracoli

The “Square of Miracles” is home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but that’s not all! Once you’ve snapped that famous photo, you can also visit the Pisa Cathedral – a masterpiece of Tuscan Romanesque architecture that’s home to some of the city’s most stunning Renaissance artwork. Then, you can check out the Baptistery – known for its acoustics – and the Camposanto, a gorgeous cemetery that, legend has it, was built around a shipment of sacred soil brought back to the city during the Third Crusade. Body’s buried there are said to decompose in just 24 hours. Spooky! 

Botanic Garden

Pisa’s Botanic garden was the first of its kind. You’ll find it near the Piazza dei Miracoli. It’s perfect for a quiet stroll as you appreciate its natural beauty. 

Piazza dei Cavalieri

The Piazza dei Miracoli isn’t the only famous square in Pisa. The piazza dei Cavalieri (Knight’s Square) offers a glimpse into Pisa’s rich past. It is home to the Palazzo della Carovana, a palace designed by Giorgio Vasari, and the statue of Cosimo I de’ Medici, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. 

The City Walls

Climb Pisa’s mediaeval city walls, starting at the Piazza dei Miracoli. Get a panoramic view of the town, descend at Giardino delle Concette and visit Giardino Scotto on the other side of the river.

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Piazza Chiara Gambacorti

A quieter square with a variety of bars, ideal for a relaxed night out.

Palazzo Blu

Visit this cultural centre for interesting exhibitions on avant-garde arts and other historical artefacts. It offers a unique cultural experience in Pisa.

Piazza Martiri della Libertà

A tranquil square near Via San Lorenzo, which is packed with good places to eat, including Il Montino – but we’ll get to that!

Giardino Scotto

All squared out? South of the river is the Giardino Scotto, a relaxing green space under gazebos that’s perfect for a break from the hustle and bustle. There’s even free Wi-Fi – time to put that Leaning Tower pic on Instagram. 

Places to eat in Pisa

Looking for a taste of Tuscany? Fancy a piece of pizza in a Pisa piazza? Well look no further! Here are some great places to eat while you’re in Pisa. 

Numero Undici

The perfect place for lunch or dinner in Pisa, Numero Undici is a love letter to Tuscan cuisine. It also provides great vegan, gluten free options and more, making sure nobody misses out! 

Il Montino

Il Montino is great for a quick bite you won’t forget as you enjoy great pizza and traditional chickpea pie in a beautiful courtyard. 

Osteria Sant’Omobono

Osteria Sant’Omobono is famous for serving up genuine local flavours from around Pisa and Tuscany. What more can you ask for? 

Gelateria de Coltelli

Delicious gelato served on the northwest side of the river, Gelateria de Coltelli is known as the best spot in town for a cold treat on a hot day.

Argini e Margini

Fish dishes, served on a barge with live music and more! Argini e Margini is an experience you won’t forget. 

Day trips from Pisa

Pisa isn’t just a great city – it’s your gateway to some of Central Italy’s most beautiful towns and natural wonders! Here are just some of the places you can easily get to from Pisa for the perfect day trip.


Just 20 minutes away by train, Lucca is renowned for its well-preserved Renaissance walls, charming streets and vibrant piazzas. It’s a perfect destination for a day trip while in nearby Pisa.

Polle di Malbacco – Pozzo della Madonna

For those interested in nature, this spot offers waterfalls and swimming areas. It’s an easy hike with several marked swimming spots, including a big waterfall slide for the adventurous.


About an hour from Pisa by train, Florence is a treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, the Florence Cathedral, and the Ponte Vecchio in the capital of Tuscany. 


Known for its seafood and coastal charm, Livorno is a great place to explore if you have extra time during your stay. It’s about a 15-minute train ride from Pisa – easy!

Phew! That’s a lot to do in one small city. But that’s the beauty of Pisa – you get what you bargain for… and much more.

Whether you fancy a cool glass of wine as you relax in a one of the city’s many squares, or you want to head off into the wilderness and swim underneath a waterfall, in Pisa, the choice is yours.

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