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.