Pisa’s Square of Miracles – An Easy Day Trip From Florence


When we decided we were going to do some city trips in Italy, Pisa immediately came to mind.

I mean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Square of Miracles is probably one of the most iconic buildings in Italy, right?

We had initially considered flying in to Pisa. It is the main airport in Tuscany and could potentially have some cheap flights with RyanAir from Cork. But, we ended up flying to and from Venice instead, and took advantage of Italy’s super prompt and efficient train system to travel around.

We had been told that there isn’t really much else to do in Pisa. So, rather than staying overnight there, we simply opted to visit Pisa for the afternoon as a fun and easy day trip from Florence.

This is a very doable day trip! Pisa is super easy to get to from Florence and in our opinion, well worth a visit.

Square of Miracles Pisa, an easy day trip from Florence

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Getting To Pisa From Florence

Pisa is only about an hour away by train, so it really is a super easy day trip from Florence! Or even a half-day trip like we did.
(Travel from Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station to Pisa Centrale).

We booked our train tickets online via Trainline which was extremely easy and only cost us €33 return each despite only booking it a day before. If you’re a bit more organised, I’m sure you can get it for cheaper than that πŸ™‚

From Pisa Centrale train station, it’s about a half hour walk to Piazza dei Miracoli (the Square of Miracles) where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located.

It’s all flat and more or less a straight line so we didn’t bother getting the bus. Having said that, it is an option if that suits you better – just cross the road from the station and take the Number 4 bus (stop at Piazza Arcivescovado) or the Number 21 night bus (stop at Piazza Manin).

Top Tip: Trains in Italy are extremely punctual!! I highly recommend you check the timetable and get to the relevant platform on time or you might risk missing your train.

Piazza dei Miracoli – the Square of Miracles

Piazza dei Miracoli is also known (formally) as Piazza del Duomo, although I quite like the sound of the Square of Miracles!

Besides the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you’ll find a Cathedral, Baptistery, cemetery (Camposanto) and a couple of museums within the Piazza.

Each of these, with the exception of the Cathedral, require a paid ticket to enter (more on this below).

Pisa's Square of Miracles with the leaning tower of Pisa behind cathedral and baptistery


The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa acts as the bell tower of the Square of Miracles and it is one of the 7 Wonders of the World due to its 5.5 degree tilt (currently anyway!) 

Clearly this was the main event for us, and probably for most other visitors to Pisa too! I mean, who doesn’t want a photo of themselves propping up the Leaning Tower?

Note: This is easier said than done and you’ll likely end up looking like a bit of a fool πŸ˜‰ But, it’s all part of the experience and everyone’s too busy trying to get the perfect picture to be too worried about your silly poses!

Joannda propping up the leaning tower of Pisa

It is a totally surreal experience climbing the 273 wonky steps (apparently – I can’t say I counted them myself!)

The gravity of climbing at an angle inside a building is really disorienting!! But the view from the top is great. And after all the pizza and pasta I had in Italy, not an unwelcome bit of cardio!

Climbing the leaning tower of Pisa in the Square of Miracles


I highly recommend that you purchase a ticket ahead of time if you intend to climb the tower.

You can buy tickets there but you buy entry for a specific time slot, and some of the daytime slots fill up fast. To avoid having to wait for any length of time, you can buy your ticket online via the official website (an electronic copy on your smartphone is fine). 

Other tour operators also sell tickets but they all seemed to have added a few extra Euro… Buying direct was the cheapest option and set us back €18 each. This included the timed entry into the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as ‘free’ entry into the Cathedral.

Joannda at a tilt at top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a big bell


Important Things To Know

  • Make sure you put your bag (including smaller handbags) into the free checked bag/cloakroom service as they’ll turn you away if you show up at the queue with it.
  • If you need to make use of the facilities, there are toilets are near cloakroom. Just be aware that they charge a slightly hefty €1 for the privilege.
  • Also make sure you queue on time. They don’t allow late entries as I guess they only allow so many people into the tower at any given time.
  • The ticket states that you have 35 minutes for your visit, but this is really just a guide. No-one is going to be ushering you back down those steps so take your time.
  • The ticket also states that children under 8 years of age are not permitted to climb the tower, and ID may be requested to verify that they are old enough. If you have kids – make sure you come prepared!

Top Tip: Buy your ticket for the tower online between 1-20 days prior to your visit (Online purchases are not available on the day itself!)


Pisa Cathedral

After our disappointment with Florence Cathedral, my expectation for the Cathedral in Pisa was pretty low. But, I’m pleased to say that the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is absolutely stunning inside!

So much detail!

The ceiling is insanely beautiful. You could spend all day craning your neck just to gaze at the gold detail. Plus, there’s some amazing paintings in the domes.

Pisa Cathedral detail of gold and painted ceiling inside

Admission to the Cathedral is free, but you still need to go to the ticket office and get a pass for entry at a specific time. These free passes are limited in number daily and only available from the on-site ticket office.

If you buy a ticket for any of the other buildings like we did, that ticket is sufficient to get you into the Cathedral as well. The bonus with this is that you are not subject to a fixed time, and can go at your leisure. 

Top Tip: Although they seemed a bit less strict about it in comparison to other churches we visited in Italy, you still need to cover your shoulders and knees to enter the Cathedral. I believe they gave out free poncho like cover-ups for anyone not dressed appropriately but I’d still suggest bringing a sarong or similar just in case.

Pisa cathedral in the Square of Miracles with Leaning Tower in background

Baptistery & Camposanto

With the time we’d allocated for our afternoon in Pisa, we didn’t visit either the Baptistery or the Camposanto cemetery.

Both of these also require you to purchase a ticket for entry: €5 for one or €7 for both.

For €8 you also get entry to Sinopie Museum.


Final Thoughts

You’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink outside of the square itself. Similar to what we found in other places in Italy, food and drinks get much cheaper the further you get from the main sights… We opted for a “slightly” obscured view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in order to pay half of what they were charging closer by.

Pisa having a drink near square of miracles with an obscured view of the leaning tower

If you happen to be planning a visit in early summer, you might want to consider coinciding your trip with the Luminara festival which is held in Pisa every year on the 16th June. I had completely missed reading about this festival prior to booking our trip, and we just managed to miss it by a couple of weeks. On the other hand, you might want to avoid it altogether if you’d rather avoid the crowds 😊 Either way, I wish I’d known about it!

Have you been to Tuscany or elsewhere in Italy? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.


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An easy day trip from Florence to Pisa's square of miracles



16 thoughts on “Pisa’s Square of Miracles – An Easy Day Trip From Florence”

  1. Brilliant post! I really enjoyed reading all about Pisa. Great photo ‘holding up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Wow I’d never thought about the gravity aspect inside of it before. x

  2. I have always wanted to go and visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is great information for those who want to go there. Love the pictures, especially the one of your holding up the tower. The cathedral is gorgeous as well!

    • It’s a great little day trip if you’re ever in Tuscany (highly recommended!) So many beautiful places to visit in Italy πŸ™‚

  3. You got a great pic of you propping up the leaning tower! It’s really difficult to get that right! I went to Pisa briefly on a Topdeck trip around Europe, but I didn’t climb the tower. Looks like a great view from the top and I love the intricate detail inside the church! Thanks for sharing your experience and useful tips! πŸ™‚ x

    • Thanks Laura – it took a few attempts to get it right πŸ˜‰ LOL… The church was definitely a highlight!

  4. Awesome post with great information. We also did the day trip from Florence. I have to be honest, I think I was a bit disappointed with Pisa. I’m glad we went and I can say we experienced it, but it left me Meh. Which is why I decided never to write about it; I don’t want to turn anyone off from seeing it. I’m glad to see an enthusiastic post like yours so people can be inspired to go.

    • Ah, that’s too bad! What was it that left you a bit disappointed do you think? I mean, I can’t say much about Pisa in general, we only went to the Square of Miracles and like I say, even Italians I know told me there’s not much else to it πŸ˜‰ But it just felt like it was one of those “have to visit” places you know, when we were so close? I’m glad we went πŸ™‚ But I did prefer Venice and Florence over Pisa, if I had to choose!

    • Aww, thank you! I appreciate you saying that and hope they’ll come in handy for you sometime in the not too distant future!

  5. I’ve been to Rome and Tuscany, which were both absolutely beautiful but in very different ways. I’ve never been to Florence or Pisa but reading this makes me want to hop on a plane and visit both! Great, informative post, thanks so much for sharing

    • I haven’t been to Rome yet but it’s on the list (like so many other places!!) The countryside in Tuscany is just stunning – the epitome of what I imagined Italy to be 😍

  6. Right that’s it i am packing my bags immediately!!! I am saving this for when I finally go to this part of Italy, its good to know pisa can be done as a day trip as that’s probably what I would want to do! So jealous!!! Looks like such a good trip

    • Uhm… hello? Are you not already packed?! For Peru that is!! Now who’s jealous?! But yes, definitely do pop over to Pisa for a day – it’s one for the bucket list! πŸ™‚


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