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

Highlights

  • 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

You might have seen in in books, magazines, movies, it is better and more surprising to see it in the flesh....they say it is alive and keeps on moving ever so slightly...even-though it was stabilized some years back, an effort that took 11 years! The whole area is a miracle in itself they call it the square of the miracles! and as much worthy of a visit as the tower itself. Did you know that the adjacent cemetery's earth was brought back by crusaders from Golgotha, the hill where Jesus was crucified? Awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We enjoyed this tour very much and recommend it to anyone interested in the Leaning Tower, the day went well and Pisa was a nice small town.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Not having seeing Pisa while we were in Florence would have been a big mistake. Half a day was just perfect for us. Our tour guide was great and shared insightful stories. The church was absoluetly fantastic. We must confess that we did not know Pisa had one, if not the most beautiful, church of Italy. Everything was wery well organized. We did not go to Lucas and maybe a full day Pisa and Lucas would have been great too. It just depends how much time you have. One thing for sure, it's a must see place! Caroline, Martin and Marianne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Highly recommend the tour except it was extremely rushed from the moment we left Florence throughout the tour and the return back. Tour guide was terrific and the climb up Pisa was a once in a life time experience with breath taking views.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Well organized great afternoon worth doing

Lisa W
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Outstanding tour! Worth it to climb the tower, good experience. The tour covered the church, but not the baptistery building, which was okay. It was very hot the day we were there and the guide did a good job finding shade. The guide was knowledgeable on the area and covered the points at a good pace. The bus ride was a little hot as they can not cool down the bus in Florence not allowed to run it while standing in the city. Even the ride back was not so cold. Bring water for sure if there during the hot summer. Overall, worth it, even in extreme heat. All of the staff was friendly and nothing they can do about the heat, they tried there best to get to cool areas.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a wonderful tour!! Very interesting to learn about the Leaning Tower! My husband walked all the way to the top for some beautiful photos! That's one off his bucket list!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Amazing tour! Well worth a visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very cool place to visit. You cannot take ANY packages, purses or backpacks with you in the Leaning Tower but they do provide free lockers. The steps are easy to navigate but take good walking shoes, the steps are slippery marble after 900 years of wear.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Trip was good. Leaning Tower of Pisa was amazing.

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