Many travelers visit Pisa Italy as a day trip from Florence, which means those who choose to stay in Pisa are rewarded with fewer crowds and lines as the day trip crowds leave for the day. Pisa is relatively small, but you’ll find plenty of things to do besides the famous leaning tower.
The city has many cathedrals, a historic centre and the Arno River running through town. Whether you are looking for where to stay in Pisa for one night, or several nights, our neighborhood guide to Pisa will help you find the best location for your needs.
We will cover off all types of Pisa accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Pisa hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Pisa, the best Pisa hotels, best places in Pisa to visit, the best places to stay in Pisa, hotels near Pisa attractions, Pisa neighborhood guide and many more.
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Santa Maria – Where to stay in Pisa for tourists
Santa Maria is the historic heart of Pisa and the best area for tourists due to the very central location near the Pisa tower and other attractions such as the Piazza dei Miracoli. In addition to the famous tower, there are so many things to do in central Pisa; 16th-century botanical gardens, National Museum of the Royal Palace, the Cathedral Museum, and the riverfront promenade.
With so many tourist attractions, Santa Maria is very family-friendly and you won’t have any trouble finding restaurants, hotels or shopping during your stay.
Best places to stay in Santa Maria
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Santa Maria
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San Francesco – Where to stay in Pisa with family
Just east of Santa Maria is the quieter area of San Francesco. This neighborhood is also a historic quarter and in easy walking distance of everything in Pisa, including the tower which is just ten minutes on foot. Being just outside of Santa Maria means you can find budget-friendly accommodations without sacrificing on location.
San Francesco is filled with historic churches and squares, including Piazza Martiri della Libertà, which is one of the largest parks in Pisa. The Church of Santa Caterina is one of the oldest in Pisa, dating back to 1250 and the Church of San Zena was built prior to the year 1000. At Piazza San Paolo all’Orto, you’ll find the largest cinema in Pisa as well as many authentic restaurants.
Best places to stay in San Francesco
Affordable Luxury Hotels in San Francesco
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Sant’Antonio – Where to stay in Pisa on a budget
Across the Arno River from Santa Maria is the historic area known as Sant’Antonio. This is a good area to stay in Pisa if you plan to take several day trips as it’s near the central train station and the airport. The public transportation to Santa Maria is not great, but it’s only a 20-minute walk to the tower.
At the church of Sant’Antonio, you can see one of the last murals done by American artist Keith Haring. There are also some excellent samples of medieval architecture throughout this district. This is a great place to stay for travelers who just like to wander historic streets without spending too much time at the big tourist attractions.
Best places to stay in Sant’Antonio
Lucca – Where to stay near Pisa Italy
Just 25 minutes by train from Pisa is the medieval walled town of Lucca, which makes a nice alternative to Pisa. Lucca sits on the Serchio River and makes a nice home base for visitors who want to explore several areas of Tuscany, including Pisa. Florence or La Spezia are each just one hour from Lucca, while Viareggio is only 25 minutes away. Lucca itself offers several attractions, such as the medieval Guinigi Tower topped with oak trees. Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is a central hub of Lucca, with more historic buildings, a market, and many cafes.
Best places to stay in Lucca
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Lucca