Cruise & Stay
Welcome to Pisa
Cruise Nation are delighted to bring you our great range of Pisa Cruise & Stay Holidays. These packages all feature a cruise sailing from the port of Civitavecchia. This means that Cruise Nation bring you massive choice on cruise lines to sail with throughout the year. Our Pisa Smart Packages feature FREE stays in one of many handpicked hotels which are all centrally located in Pisa providing you with the ideal base from which to explore all that this exciting destination has to offer.
With our Pisa Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.
The Leaning Tower welcomes visitors in to the Piazza dei Miracoli, a wonderful walled area which is home to Pisa’s finest architectural sights. The Piazza itself is one of Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is a must when visiting Pisa. The Leaning Tower itself as an architectural masterpiece, even if gravity has had more than the desired affect and it sits at a ten degree. Built in 1990 and standing at 60 metres tall it can be seen from the surrounding streets, sticking out like a sore thumb.
In the Piazza dei Miracoli alongside the Leaning Tower is the Duomo di Pisa, the Cathedral of Pisa. This wonderful cathedral is home to artwork from Giovanni Pisano. His wonderful Pergamo depicts nine scenes from the New Testament and you can see this inside the cathedral. This wonderful part of Pisa will take up the majority of your day and with the variety of architecture in the Piazza, make sure to see it all.
The Piazza dei Miracoli is an integral part of Pisa but make sure to venture into the city centre. Many people only visit the Piazza when they visit but Pisa city centre is a hub of activity. Home to one of the top-ranking universities in the world, Pisa boasts a bustling city centre soaked in hip cafes and cool bars. The students define this city, but instead of being surrounded by them you’ll find yourself conversing with the locals instead.
With so much history found at every turn, Pisa is a great location for delving deep into Italian culture.
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Things to do in Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa sits in the beautiful grounds of the Piazza dei Miracoli…
Leaning Tower of Pisa
For over 200 years, the Tower of Pisa was relentlessly constructed. Eight stories of white marble stand askew, gravity having more of an effect on the tower than desired. After years of the tower being closed to the public it is now open again and waiting for you to climb its illustrious staircase and gaze out on to the beauty below.
Its medieval origins leave this cathedral eerily welcoming you in to the past…
Appreciate the mosaics which line parts of the walls and admire the black and white marble which make the interior of the cathedral an awe-inspiring experience. Walk in the footsteps of Pope Gelasius II who consecrated the cathedral in 1118.
Restaurants in Pisa
If you want something a bit different, Numero 11 is the place. It’s a self-service restaurant which has long communal tables so you can’t help but chat to the people around you. The restaurant considers all of their dishes as unique and they don’t specialise in one thing but specialise in them all. There’s food for every taste palette.
Osteria i Santi
A family feel is integral to this restaurant. As a family run business, the staff are welcoming and homely because they want you to come back. The Venetian inspired interior makes you feel like you’re looking up at the clear blue skies whilst dining in Venice. The menu is extensive with a collection of meat, fish and pasta dishes. There’ll be something for everyone.
Gusto Giusto is fast food at its very best. Even though the portions are large one serving isn’t enough. You’ll want to take some away with you, some on the plane and some to eat at home. The list of baguettes is never ending and even the staff will recommend something different if you’re feeling adventurous. The bread is warm, the meat is succulent and the salad is fresh. Make sure to pay them a quick visit.
Gelateria De' Coltelli
After all this rich food you’ll be wanting something sweet, and what better dessert than some Italian gelato. This small and bright eatery is located on the Arno river and due to its easy to access location it’s a haven for tourists. So, pop in and try some of Italy’s finest gelato.
Delivering different beers by the barrel, Orzo Bruno is cosy with free nibbles available on the bar. Join in with the locals and try the various handcrafted local beers. It’s hidden down a side street but if you like your beer this is place for you.
If you want live music, head to the Borderline Club. There is live music throughout the week and on Monday’s the stage is open to the public. Each evening there is a theme so check before you go and get your dancing shoes ready.
Baribaldi is one of the most popular bars in Pisa. Situated in the city centre, it’s always a hub of activity. Sit and soak the atmosphere of one of Pisa’s main squares, people watch, relax and enjoy. You can’t sit inside however, as the only floor space in the bar is the bar itself. The doors open directly onto the bar, so buy one of their creative cocktails and head to their terrace opposite the bar.
Never has a name been so fitting for a café. Located on golden sands overlooking the Mediterranean, Sunset Café provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic drink. Sit on a blanket on the beach and watch the sun set over the Mediterranean with one of their specially made cocktails.
Events in Pisa
Throughout May, Pisa celebrates Sant’Ubaldo with various events such as a wonderful flower market at Viale Le Piagge. Visit and pick up some beautiful flowers.
San Ranieri’s Day
June the 17th is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Pisa, and they celebrate with a regatta of the Historical Quarters.