Florence is an ideal base for day trips into Tuscany, and the most popular destination by far is nearby Pisa, home of the iconic leaning tower and a number of lesser-known sights worth seeing. Here are your options for visiting Pisa from Florence.
Since Pisa is so close to Florence, it’s easy to visit on a half-day tour—an especially appealing idea if you’ve got limited time in Florence and want to spend as much time as possible there. See Pisa’s highlights—the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the cathedral, and the baptistery included—in just a few hours. Upgrade to add a skip-the-line ticket to climb the iconic tower.
Combo Full-Day Tours
When transportation is organized for you and you’ve got a helpful tour guide on hand, it’s easy to combine a visit to Pisa with a stop in another destination on a full-day tour. Explore the heavy hitters of Tuscany with a day trip to Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano; spend the day in the charming walled town of Lucca after a stop in Pisa; or visit Pisa and then head all the way to the Ligurian coast to see the Cinque Terre.
Things to Know
Pisa is just under 52 miles (83 kilometers) from Florence; it takes about an hour to get there by road and slightly less time by train.
Half-day tours typically last five to six hours, while full-day options are usually eight to nine hours long, with some of the more jam-packed trips coming in at 13 or 14 hours.
Be prepared to walk quite a bit on your day trip. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated when it’s hot out.
If you’re afraid of heights or can get claustrophobic, climbing the leaning tower might not be the right option for you.
See all that Tuscany has to offer on this day trip to Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano from Florence. Led by an expert guide, explore the main square and Gothic cathedral in Siena, followed by a traditional, 3-course lunch with wine. Afterward, enjoy free time to stroll the medieval streets of San Gimignano independently, as well as the city of Pisa, famous for its UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower. Your full day of sightseeing concludes with transportation back to Florence.
Skip the line to see the famous Leaning Tower and other top attractions on this day trip to Pisa from Florence. Led by an expert guide, travel through the Tuscan hills to explore Pisa, visiting the Cathedral Square, where the impressive Baptistery sits. Then soak up incredible views with priority access to the top of the Leaning Tower before making your way back to Florence.
See the iconic Leaning Tower on this half-day trip to Pisa from Florence. Admire Cathedral Square and the Pisa Baptistery as you follow an expert guide past the city’s main attractions. After posing with the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa, some time to explore the area independently. Your trip concludes with transportation back to Florence.
Discover Pisa and the picturesque Cinque Terre on this day trip departing from Florence. Snap a photo with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa before heading to the coast to see the seaside villages of the Italian Riviera. There, travel through the pink- and yellow-hued towns of the Cinque Terre, a World Heritage Site. Explore the beaches, try the local cuisine (own expense) and wander the charming cobblestone streets. This excursion is open to travelers between 18 and 45 years old, and includes your train transportation.
Experience the architecture, landscape, and local flavors of Tuscany on a day trip departing from Florence. Led by a professional driver-guide, visit San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Pisa, and Chianti’s famous wine region, soaking up each town with a walking tour. Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Siena Duomo, and relax with lunch and a Chianti wine tasting on this comprehensive exploration of Tuscany. This small-group tour is limited to eight people to ensure an intimate experience.
See the world-famous Leaning Tower on a 4-hour private tour of Pisa. Departing from Florence, take a scenic drive along the Arno Valley, traveling by private vehicle to Pisa. Explore the exterior of the Leaning Tower, pass the Baptistery and check out the Scuola Normale, Pisa’s renowned university, with your guide. Your tour can be customized to your interests and concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Florence.
Explore the Italian gems of Pisa and Lucca on a day trip departing from Florence. Head to Pisa first, admiring the impressive square of Piazza dei Miracoli as your local guide discusses the historic buildings around you. See the Baptistery, the Duomo and the city’s most iconic attraction, the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afterward, journey to Lucca for a walking tour of the Cathedral and Piazza dell 'Anfiteatro. Top off the day with a sweet slice of Lucca’s signature cake before traveling back to Florence.
Discover the Italian gems of Pisa and Lucca on this full-day private tour from Florence. Your local guide in Pisa will lead you first on a private walking tour of the city center, where you’ll see the Baptistery, the famous Leaning Tower, and more. Then, enjoy some time to explore Lucca independently to enjoy a local pastry tasting. Upgrade your ticket to include a delicious 2-course lunch in a typical trattoria in Pisa, located a few steps away from the Leaning Tower. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Florence.