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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Pisa Half-Day Trip from Florence Including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower of Pisa Ticket

See the highlights of Pisa on a day trip from Florence, and use a skip-the-line ticket to climb the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa. After traveling through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, explore the city on a walking tour, visiting sites like Cathedral Square (Piazza dei Miracoli) and Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri). Learn about the history and architecture of monuments like the Church of San Sisto, and then gaze in awe at incredible views from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


  • Half-day trip from Florence to Pisa with fast-track entry to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Explore Cathedral Square (Piazza dei Miracoli) with a guide and learn about monuments like Pisa Baptistry
  • Learn about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri), if you wish
  • Use a skip-the-line ticket to enter and climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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What You Can Expect

Pisa Half-Day Trip from Florence Including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower of Pisa Ticket

See Pisa Baptistry in Cathedral Square

Meet your guide in central Florence and board your air-conditioned coach to travel west to Pisa. Gaze out at the scenery on your 1.5-hour journey, admiring Tuscany’s stunning landscape, typified by gently rolling hills and villages.

Travel into the center of Pisa and hop off your coach to explore Cathedral Square, home to architectural delights galore. See Duomo di Pisa – the city cathedral – as well as Pisa Baptistry, Campo Santo and the undeniable showstopper: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Stop for photos by the iconic monument, and learn about its history and status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then, either enjoy some free time to sightsee independently, or continue your tour through town, passing the Church of San Sisto – one of the oldest churches in Pisa. Admire its stone-clad Romanesque architecture, and then head into Knights’ Square – an area that was Pisa’s political center during the Middle Ages. See Scuola Normale di Pisa, a renowned university founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1800s, and stop next to Conte Ugolino Tower to learn about its role in Dante Alighieri’s famous Divine Comedy poem.

Admire the mix of Renaissance and medieval buildings as you amble past the house where the 18th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi once lived. Stroll through Piazza Arcivescovado and gaze in awe at the impressive Palazzo Vescovile, a resplendent palace-turned-hotel.

After a break for a snack or drink in town (own expense), both groups meet back at a pre-arranged point near the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Head past the monument's long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket, and then walk up the 294-step spiral staircase to enjoy unforgettable views from the top!

Return to your coach and travel back to Florence, finishing your tour with a drop-off at the start point.

Please note: If you have no head for heights, walking difficulties or aversion to enclosed spaces, the Leaning Tower of Pisa climb probably won’t be for you. Use the time to relax at leisure in Cathedral Square, instead.

Customer Reviews

Joan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We really enjoyed the tour to Pisa. The commentary on the way was informative without being too much. And the information once we arrived in Pisa from the other guide was also helpful and enlightening. It was a good combination of tour and free time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a Brilliant time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a great time. It's very well laid out and timed perfectly to get you out there, see everything, take your pictures and then back to Florence. Our guide on the bus was very funny and the guide at Pisa was very knowledgeable. Climbing the stairs for the leaning tower is fairly easy and something you must do. The view is amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We were really awed going into the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This tour was very informative, and we had a great, knowledgeable tour guide once we arrived at the Leaning Tower. She gave us all this history and really taught us about the tower and the surrounding churches. We were lucky to have had a such great guide. We recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Made it very convenient and was very professionally done

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A dream came true , lovely tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Full of so much history and beauty. I will now say, I went up the leaning tower.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

excellent guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic way to fill an afternoon whilst staying in Florence, definitely one to tick off the bucket list.
You don't visit everything on this tour, you just get a guided tour of the cathedral and then get to climb the Leaning Tower for the great views, so if any of the other buildings are of interest to you I would suggest another tour. If like us the Leaning Tower is your priority then this is the tour for you!

The tour is very full on, there isn't an abundance of free time like the schedule suggests, I would bring food with you if you think you'll need it, as there isn't much time to buy anything there. It's enough time to get everything done and to take some photos, there isn't much time for anything else. But all in all it's well worth a trip out of Florence if you have the time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour, bit chilly, but good info!

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