I created this site to help you know Pisa better. People think that Pisa is only the Leaning Tower or bell tower, and in fact many come to see the tower that is lap sided, and finding themselves in one of the most beautiful Squares or Piazza.
Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is composed by the Cathedral or Duomo, the Campanile or free standing Bell's tower (leaning tower), the Baptistry, and the Camposanto. Also close by, are the Opera Museum, and the Sinopie Museum. All amazing to visit and to contemplate great works of Italian artists.
Once you are done with Piazza dei Miracoli, which one day is not enough, you walk down Via Sta. Maria, then make a left in Piazza Cavallotti towards Piazza dei Cavalieri or Knights' square. Once there, you are surrounded by beautiful and famous buildings such as Palazzo della Carovana, which houses Scuola Normale founded by Napoleonic Decree in 1810, Palazzo del Collegio Puteano, Palazzo dell'Orologio, Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici, Church of the Knights of the Holy and Military order of St. Stephen, and the Fountain by Pietro Francavilla.
By now you are probably tired, and want to take a break. In less than one minute, you find yourself in Borgo Stretto, famous for its shops and coffee houses. It is supposed to be the most famous and chic street in Pisa, thou I prefer Corso Italia that is across the other side of Arno river. So this is an excuse to check out my suggestion, and pass the Middle bridge (Ponte di Mezzo), and see the beautiful old buildings across the Arno river.
But before we move to the other side of the river, you must visit the Botanical Garden, Teatro Verdi, and all the other streets filled with unique shops of hand made Italian goodies.
On the other side of the River, we have the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, one of the most beautiful gothic churches of Europe built in 1230. In all the years coming to Pisa, only once I was lucky to find it open, and I was able to see its interior structure. Also, il Palazzo del Comune or City Hall is on this side of the river, as well as Palazzo Lanfranchi, Palazzo Blue which is a Museum with permanent collections that is free to view, and temporary exhibits of famous artists with an entrance fee, and Museo della Grafica.
Last and not least, my favorite Panificio or bakery with the yummiest sweets and breads.
This is just a tiny description of what is in the old city of Pisa. But lets give some time to its surrounding areas that are beautiful, worth to explore and visit.
Once you enter P is All (Pisa is all), and visit each page, you will find an excuse to come and visit Pisa! Because to know her is to love her!
I love easiness! The airport Galileo Galilei is within walking distance to the city, about 20 minutes . Also you can take the train from the airport to the terminal of Pisa that leaves you in the center of the city.
Close to the train station, about a five minute walk, there is the bus terminal that can take you to the surrounding areas of Pisa, such as Marina di Pisa, a cute beach town built in the 1800s as a sea side resort that is 10 km from Pisa.
Now Pisa has bike sharing service! Two hundred bikes will be in focal points of the city such as the train station, airport, Palazzo Blu, Teatro Verdi, Borgo Stretto, Piazza dei Miracoli, and a few other places. Please note that drivers in Pisa are aggressive, so if you are a seasoned bike rider by all means explore the beautiful Tuscan landscape, stop by a gourmet shop, get some yummy Italian goodies, and have a picnic where your heart desires.
If you want to go to Florence, my suggestion is to take the train rather that to drive there. It is easier and faster.
Places that are better to drive to, because it gives you more independence to explore the Tuscan landscape are San Gimignano about 1 hour and 30 minutes, you spend half a day there, have lunch, then drive to Volterra that is about 40 minutes from San Gimignano, have dinner there, and back to Pisa in an hour and 7 minutes. Of course you can take longer routes, and explore it even more. Make sure you have your navigator up to date, your dictionary, and the phone numbers of where you are staying!
I wish you a wonderful vacation in Pisa, explore it in all its forms.