Hotels in Pisa

There’s more to Pisa than its famous leaning tower. Historic architecture, an excellent university, and a buzzing bar culture make it the perfect spot for an Italian city break. Hotels in Pisa also make a great base for discovering the Tuscan countryside, or soaking up the sun on the Versilian Coast.

Pisa is divided by the Arno River into Tramontano on the north bank, and Mezzogiorno on the south. These two districts are further divided, giving Pisa a total of four historic districts. Each one has its own character, with unique things to see and do as well as a range of accommodation options.

Santa Maria (Tramontano)

This is where to stay if you want to be in the heart of the action. This neighbourhood has the highest concentration of monuments. There are plenty of notable buildings, including the 14th Century university and the Royal Hotel Victoria, which has played host to the likes of Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas.

Most tourists flock to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Piazza dei Miracoli to snap a picture of themselves “holding up” the leaning tower. While you’re in the area, don’t miss out on admiring the Duomo di Pisa, and don’t skip over the Museo delle Sinopie, either. This art museum features some beautiful rescued murals from the city’s Campo Santo.

San Francesco (Tramontano)

Culture vultures would do well to look for hotels in this neighbourhood. While it’s slightly off the tourist trail, to the east of Santa Maria, San Francesco has many excellent sights of its own. One of the best is the Teatro Verdi; Pisa’s largest entertainment venue, known for its first-rate opera and ballet programme. Also worth a look are the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, with its collection of religious art, and the beautiful San Francesco church which the district is named for.

Sant’ Antonio (Mezzogiorno)

Get a feel for the “real” Pisa in this district. Authentic restaurants, coffee houses, and shops selling local handicrafts line the winding medieval streets behind Corso Italia. One of the biggest attractions in the neighbourhood is the colourful mural by American artist Keith Haring, on the church of St Anthony’s south wall. There are lots of other notable churches in the area, including the white marble gothic church of Santa Maria della Spinna, and the ancient San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno; said to be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Pisa.

San Martino (Mezzogiorno)

Full of parks, gardens, and interesting churches, San Martino is definitely worth a visit during your trip to Pisa. The Giardino Scotto is a popular spot in summer, with regular concerts and outdoor cinema nights. Great night life can be found on Via San Martino, which boasts excellent bars and restaurants, and the main square (Piazza La Pera) has recently been renovated and has its own share of terrace cafes and bistros.   

Pisa Travel Guide

The Leaning Tower (LA Torre di Pisa)

Piazza del Duomo

Piazza dei Cavalieri

Pisa is located in western Tuscany on the banks of the river Arno. The city started life as a seaside settlement around 3000 years ago, and has an ancient and fascinating history. It was one of the four great maritime republics in the middle-ages and many of its historical landmarks ...

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