Are you thinking about a trip to Pisa and Lucca Italy?
Awesome! We did the same thing on our last trip to Italy! It was a great experience! I would definitely recommend adding Pisa and Lucca to your Italy itinerary!
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A Day Trip From Florence to Pisa
We had so much fun touring Florence but we found we had extra time and wanted to take a quick day trip from Florence.
There are many day trips in close proximity to Florence but ultimately we decided to go to Pisa and Lucca. I am a sucker for tourist attractions and since the Leaning Tower of Pisa is so close to Florence it seemed like the right choice!
As we looked into taking a trip to Pisa, we found that Lucca was fairly close. A good friend had mentioned how wonderful Lucca was and had suggested we visit if we had any extra time. We decided to visit both Lucca and Pisa.
You probably have heard of Pisa, but have you ever heard of Lucca? Lucca is a medieval city that is actually enclosed inside a wall.
Ultimately, we decided that our day trip from Florence was going to be Lucca and Pisa! It was amazing and I highly recommend it!
Florence to Pisa
We decided to take the train from Florence to Pisa. It takes approximately 49 minutes and cost about 10 Euros. The train ride is lovely because you will get to see the beautiful Tuscany country side. You will get off at the Pisa train stop to begin your day trip from Florence.
Why Go to Pisa Italy?
The main reason to go to Pisa is that it is the home of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower was constructed in 1372 and was leaning upon final construction. Also, located in the same area is the Piazza Del Duomo, the Baptistry, and the Cattedrale di Pisa.
How Long Do I Need in Pisa?
I am a fast traveler. I like to see as much as possible in a short amount of time but I believe most people would say that 3 hours in Pisa is plenty.
Is Pisa Worth Going To?
Absolutely, Seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa was amazing! It is such an iconic site and if you are in Tuscany it is a must see. I really liked it. I love taking pictures by it.
This is one of those site that you learn about when you are in elementary school and it was a fantastic experience to see it in person!
What to Expect in Pisa
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, “The Leaning Tower of Pisa” is the main attraction! This site really did not disappoint!
I think it is absolutely amazing how this landmark has lasted centuries and is still a marvel to look at. It is located in the Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles.
Photographs at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The best part is taking pictures! There will normally be many tourist around but you can totally get the shots you are aiming for by standing along a fence some distant away from the actual tower.
We had so much fun putting our hands in the air and making the illusion of the tower falling on us! Spending time capturing the moment is a highlight of this amazing tourist attraction!
Touring the Leaning Tower Of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a bell tower and was used to keep time. Going inside is an option and you can purchase tickets online. The tower has 251 steps and takes about 30 minutes to tour.
Also, within the square is the Cathedral or Duomo di Pisa, and the Pisa Baptistery. If you purchase a ticket to go up in the tower you will also have a free pass to the Cathedral, which is still an active place of worship. The baptistery cost extra unless you are disabled or are accompanying a child under the age of 11.
Fun Fact About Pisa
Souvenirs in Pisa
Souvenirs are Cheaper in this area compared to Florence and Venice. This is the spot to pick up some really inexpensive treasures!
Is Pisa Safe?
Also, I felt the area was very safe! There are many people gathered together to sale items. If getting a cute statue of the leaning tower is on your list than this is the place.
More Things to Do In Pisa
Just as a side note,there are a few less popular attractions, but we did not venture to see them. One worth mentioning is the walking along the River Arno and seeing the Santa Maria della Spina. It is a beautiful little church along the river. Also, the Camposanto Cemetery is a highlight in the city, there are frescoes throughout.
How to Get to Lucca From Pisa
After leaving Pisa, we hopped on the train and headed to Lucca. You should be able to jump on a Pisa to Lucca train. It is about a 25-35 minute train ride.
There are at least 25 train departures a day from Pisa Centrale Station. It cost about 4-5 Euros each way.
Arriving in Lucca Italy
We had heard that Lucca was a nice medieval town that was surrounded by a wall. Once we arrived, it was really awesome to see an entire town within the wall.
Why Go to Lucca Italy?
Lucca is a known for its well preserved Renaissance Walls, cobblestone streets, and its historic city center. Lucca is not as touristy as Pisa. The atmosphere is laid back and inviting.
Things to Do in Lucca Italy
Lucca is this amazing medieval city! It has a well preserved renaissance wall that circles the city center. There are cute cobblestone roads within the wall and narrow streets to wonder around. This beautiful town also has many towers, as you look out from the top of the wall you will notice them all around!
Cars are not allowed within the wall, so plan ahead if you decide to drive. This is not a touristy place to visit like the big cities. You will find normal people living their lives and not huge tour groups.
Rent a Bike in Lucca Italy
Renting bikes is a great option! We loved riding along the top of the wall! It is a worth while experience!
We spent a few hours making our way around. We rented a a two passenger bike. Riding around the wall is exciting and fun! It was a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying a beautiful city, getting exercise, and spending quality time together.
Duomo di San Maritino
We also visited the Cathedral of Saint Martin or Duomo di San Martino. We loved the City and thought it was an adventure!
Day Trip to Cinque Terre
If you have the time to travel a little further north to Cinque Terre, it is beautiful! Sadly, we did not have enough time to go. Next Time!
Tours in Pisa and Lucca
Pisa Walking Tour
One way to explore Pisa is by going on a guided walking tour. This is the way to learn all about the history of the town and get the insiders scoop! These tours are usually available from April – October and are about one hour long. Normal start times are around 3:15 pm.
Plaza of Beauty: Square of Miracles Guided Tour with Leaning Tower of Pisa
If you want a more in depth walking tour that will give you more history about the area. These tours include the entire Square of Miracles.
Pisa and Lucca Walking Tour from Florence
If you are planning on visiting both Pisa and Lucca booking a guided day trip from Florence is the perfect. The Pisa and Lucca Tour provides a guide the entire time which helps if you are nervous about catching trains.
Have Fun In Italy
If you are traveling to Italy and want to explore more cities check out my other posts.
If you have one week in Italy it is possible to visit lots of cities. We started in Venice with a Romantic Venice getaway. Then headed to Florence, Pisa and Lucca, and Siena. After visiting Tuscany we headed to Gaeta, Naples, Capri , the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii.
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