Where to go sightseeing in Pisa?
Pisa is an extremely popular holiday destination and attracts many tourists every year. Almost everyone knows that the city is situated at the Arno River and has a famous Leaning Tower that is on the top of everyone’s must-see list; but apart from that, which places, buildings, monuments and museums should you definitely visit when you go sightseeing in Pisa?
Once you have reached the Leaning Tower, you should take the chance and climb its many stairs and enjoy a fantastic view over the city and its surroundings. In the 1990s, the tower underwent a renovation because it was tilting more and more, which is why it was also forbidden to climb it, but now it is possible again and you should not miss the view from the most famous sight in Pisa.
Close to the Leaning Tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli is Camposanto Monumentale, a monumental cemetery with a Gothic facade that almost looks like a backdrop.
There are also a number of sacred buildings in the city that are definitely worth a visit, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which was built next to the Leaning Tower and was considered the most monumental building in Christian history for many centuries; also take a look at the small church of Santa Maria della Spina, in which a thorn of the crown of thorns was kept, the church of San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno, which has similarities with the cathedral of Pisa, or the church of Santo Sepolcro, that reminds visitors of the Jerusalem Dome of the Rock.
In the historic centre of Pisa, you will find Piazza dei Cavalieri, a large square built by the Medici and a symbol of their power.
If you enjoyed enough culture, we recommend a visit of the botanical garden and of course a walk along the banks of the Arno River with magnificent buildings and imposing bridges.
If it rains, you can visit the countless museums of Pisa and spend interesting hours admiring ancient sculptures, paintings and frescos.
One thing you can be sure of: when you go sightseeing in Pisa, there are many places to explore! If you do not like the idea of going sightseeing in Pisa on your own, you can take the history of art course of ILM and learn interesting facts about the monuments and art of Tuscany.