Where to stay in Pisa – 4 BEST AREAS + AWESOME Agriturismo

Wondering where to stay in Pisa for an unforgettable Italian escapade? Whether you’re drawn by the iconic Leaning Tower or the bustling nightlife, the university city of Pisa appeals to a variety of travellers.

From areas steeped in history to neighbourhoods humming with contemporary vibes, you’ll find the best places to stay in Pisa cater to all kinds of preferences.

This guide will walk you through the top areas of Pisa, highlighting their unique charms and providing insider tips to help you choose your ideal neighbourhood.

And if you are not into a city stay or you are hiring a car in Tuscany and you prefer to enjoy the Tuscan countryside, why not book your stay in an Agriturismo?

But let’s dive into it.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, is the most famous image of the city of Pisa in Italy
The Leaning Tower is the most famous image of the city of Pisa in Italy

Where to stay in Pisa – In a nutshell

I have organised below a handy table that you can use as a quick reference to compare the best areas to stay in Pisa.

I have also added the option Agriturismo (similar to a farm stay), which may work better for your kind of trip.

Click on the area name to see all the pros, cons and a few recommended attractions and restaurants to visit in the place, besides my suggested hotels and accommodations.

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Area ProsConsBudgetAccessibilityAttractionsGood for RestaurantsGood for FamiliesGood for NightlifeCharacter
Near Leaning TowerWhere to stay in Pisa for first-time visitorsIconic landmark, scenic, good for familiesBusy, higher accommodation pricesHighGoodHighHighHighMediumHigh
Historic CentreWhere to stay in Pisa for couples and cultureRich history, variety of shops and restaurantsLimited parking, can be noisyMediumGoodHighHighHighMediumHigh
Sant’Antonio/Train StationWhere to stay in Pisa on a budgetValue for money, close to train stationLess charming, far from Leaning TowerLowExcellentLowMediumMediumLowLow
San FrancescoWhere to stay in Pisa for nightlifeDiverse bars and restaurants, young vibeNoisy at night, limited parkingHighGoodMediumHighLowHighMedium
AgriturismoWhere to stay in Pisa for families and natureUnique experience, beautiful landscapesNeed a car, not in PisaMediumPoorLowMediumHighLowHigh
Best areas and places to stay in Pisa

Tip: There are so many amazing places to stay in Tuscany, do not limit yourself to Pisa. This city is also so well connected to Florence and Lucca too by train.

You can also think to hire a car in Tuscany and explore the world-famous Chianti area or plan a full itinerary of Tuscany.

Map of where to stay in Pisa
Map of where to stay in Pisa

Near Leaning Tower/Torre di Pisa

Best place to stay in Pisa for first-time visitors

Pros: Perfect for first-time visitors, ideal for families, proximity to iconic landmarks, easily accessible public transportation, scenic surroundings.

Cons: Can be busy with tourists, higher prices for accommodation, limited nightlife.

Attractions: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Baptistery, Camposanto Monumentale.

Suggested restaurants and cafes: Ristorante Il Toscano, Pizzeria Kiste’, L’Ostellino, Café Pasticceria I Miracoli.

Pisa - View of Leaning tower and the Basilica in Piazza dei miracoli
Pisa – View of Leaning Tower and the Basilica in Piazza dei Miracoli

Where to stay in Pisa can be a question that leaves many first-time travellers to Italy scratching their heads. However, the area around the Leaning Tower or Torre di Pisa offers the best places to stay in Pisa for those who want to be in the heart of the action.

It’s a neighbourhood that’s alive with history and culture. As soon as you step outside, you’ll see Pisa’s most iconic sight, the Leaning Tower, in all its tilting glory.

The area around the Leaning Tower offers a perfect blend of history, architecture, and convenience.

It’s within walking distance of numerous other attractions, like the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery, and the Camposanto Monumentale.

This area is also excellent for families, given its safe, pedestrian-friendly streets and its closeness to many of the city’s parks and green spaces.

Children will love the novelty of seeing such a famous landmark just steps from their accommodation.

Dining here is a treat as well. There are plenty of places to try authentic Italian cuisine. For a fancy dinner, Ristorante Il Toscano offers delicious Italian dishes, and for those looking for something more casual, Pizzeria Kiste’ is an excellent choice.

You can also visit L’Ostellino for a quick sandwich or Café Pasticceria I Miracoli for a coffee and pastry with the best view in the city (although expensive).

As you may expect, this area can experience significant tourist traffic, particularly during peak season, leading to potentially overcrowded circumstances.

Furthermore, given its central location, this is also the most expensive neighbourhood to stay in Pisa. Nightlife options are also limited.

Despite these, the area near the Leaning Tower remains one of the best areas to stay in Pisa. The combination of historic charm, easy access to attractions, and family-friendly amenities make it a fantastic choice for any visitor to Pisa.

Best hotels in Pisa near Leaning Tower

The B&B 7 Rooms is a beautiful accommodation metres away from the Piazza del Duomo. Picture this: you’re chilling out on a rooftop terrace, feasting on a fantastic breakfast (yes, vegan and gluten-free options too!), while the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa graces your view.

The room is air-conditioned, soundproof, comfy as a dream, and boasts a stellar city view. The staff is super friendly. They’re always up for a chat and ready to help. And the WiFi? free and at a great speed

Here are other 2 great options:

La Torre Garbata($$$): exceptional location, comfortable rooms, and commendable cleanliness.

Under the Tower ($$$): 2BR in prime location with exceptional comfort and cleanliness. Fully-equipped and tastefully decorated. Truly a home away from home.

Historic Centre

Best place to stay in Pisa for couples and culture

Pros: Best for couples and culture, rich in history and architecture, variety of shops and restaurants, charming atmosphere, easy access to other attractions.

Cons: Limited parking options, some areas can be noisy at night, slightly further from the Leaning Tower.

Attractions: Piazza della Pera, Church of Santa Maria della Spina, Museo della Grafica, Palazzo Blu.

Suggested restaurants and cafes: Osteria dei Cavalieri, Ristorante Galileo, Fuori di Zucca, Filter Coffee Lab.

The Historic Centre of Pisa
The Historic Centre of Pisa

Deciding where to stay in Pisa may require a bit of research, but for couples and culture lovers, the Historic Centre is a top choice. It’s packed with charm and character, with cobblestone streets winding their way around beautiful buildings and lively squares.

Staying in the Historic Centre is the best choice when you want to experience the rich history and culture of Pisa (beyond the Leaning Tower). You’ll find yourself in a maze of antique buildings and a few iconic attractions.

Attractions in this area include the Piazza della Pera, one of the city’s nicest squares, still a hidden gem. Then you should check out the unique Church of Santa Maria della Spina, a Gothic church that houses invaluable works of art.

Another must-visit is the Palazzo Blu, a historic palace that now serves as a museum.

Finally, I suggest the Museo della Grafica in the Palazzo Lanfranchi, especially if you love art and graphics.

The Historic Centre of Pisa is also a food lover’s paradise. There is such a great choice of restaurants and eateries around, not to mention the cafes.

Osteria dei Cavalieri is renowned for its Tuscan dishes, while Ristorante Galileo is ideal for a romantic dinner.

Fuori di Zucca offers an authentic Pisan dining experience, and Filter Coffee Lab is perfect for those looking for an artisan coffee shop.

Just two warnings. The closer to the Leaning Tower the more expensive it gets to eat/drink. Coffees and cappuccinos are generally inexpensive in Italy, half if not a third of the price of most other countries.

However, that is only if you drink at the bar, if you take a seat, the owner can charge as much as they think it is worth the service and place.

However, be aware that this area does have its drawbacks. Parking can be challenging due to the city’s strict traffic limitations. Some streets may get a bit noisy, especially on weekends.

This is when locals and tourists enjoy the bars and restaurants of the Historic Centre. Lastly, you’re not as close to Leaning Tower, but it’s still within comfortable walking distance.

Despite these minor inconveniences, the Historic Centre remains one of the best places to stay in Pisa. The blend of culture, history, culinary delights, and charming atmosphere make it an excellent choice for your stay in this fascinating city.

Best hotels in Pisa in the Historical Centre

Beautiful Pisa is a 1BR apartment right in the centre of Pisa – you’re only a short 1.5km wander from Piazza dei Miracoli and Pisa Cathedral. The apartment is as cosy as your Nan’s living room, with everything you need for a quick break or a long stay. It’s got this rad air-con, which is a godsend in the Italian summer.

This place is so easy to love, with its modern comforts and homely atmosphere. The location couldn’t be better – whether you’re looking to sample some local gelato, capture the perfect Leaning Tower selfie, or simply get lost in the vibrant streets of Pisa. Not to forget, the host is super welcoming and will give you some wicked local tips.

Here are other 2 great options:

Gambacorti Suite ($$$): 1BR apartment. Exceptional location, comfortable stay. Well-equipped, spacious apartment with strong WiFi. Highly recommended for family stays.

La Corte di Lisa ($$): A great simple stay with self check-in

Sant’Antonio/Train Station

Best place to stay in Pisa on a budget

Pros: Best for budget travellers, value for money, close to the train station, variety of eateries, easy access to public transportation.

Cons: Lacks the charm of historic areas, not as picturesque as other areas, far from the Leaning Tower.

Attractions: Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, Corso Italia, Tuttomondo (Keith Haring).

Suggested restaurants and cafes: La Fortezza Pasticceria, Ristoro Stazione Leopolda, Ristorante La Bucao, and Pizzeria i Due Capperi.

Pisa - The area of Sant Antonio close to the Train Station
Pisa – The area of Sant Antonio close to the Train Station

The neighbourhood of Sant’Antonio, also known as the Train Station area, is another choice to consider when deciding where to stay in Pisa. This area is the best area to stay in Pisa for budget-conscious travellers.

It provides excellent value for money with affordable accommodation options, and it’s conveniently close to Pisa Centrale Railway Station, making it ideal for those planning to explore further afield in Tuscany.

There are several attractions within walking distance, including the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, a beautiful church that features interesting architectural details. Corso Italia, the main shopping street in Pisa, is also nearby. You will find here plenty of shops, boutiques, and eateries.

Furthermore, the neighbourhood is home to the mural Tuttomondo (Keith Haring), a quick walk away from the Station and an impressive piece of street art.

The Train Station area is also filled with numerous restaurants and cafes, catering to a variety of culinary preferences.

La Fortezza Pasticceria offers sweet treats, Ristoro Stazione Leopolda is known for its tasty Italian dishes, and Ristorante La Bucao provides a more upscale dining experience.

Are you looking for a yummy pizza? Pizzeria i Due Capperi is the place to go.

However, it’s essential to keep in mind that the Sant’Antonio area lacks the charm and picturesque views that are abundant in other parts of Pisa.

Also, the iconic Leaning Tower is around 2 km away, a 25-minute walk, which might be a bit of a trek for some.

Despite these factors, Sant’Antonio still stands out as one of the best neighbourhoods to stay in Pisa for budget travellers. It combines convenience, affordability, and accessibility, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free stay in the city.

Here are 2 of the best hotels in Pisa on a budget

Pisacentro Guest House ($): Comfortable, clean, and spacious with an excellent location

Safestay Pisa Centrale ($): Affordable, clean, and conveniently located. Excellent staff and facilities. Perfect for short-term stays in Pisa

San Francesco

Best place to stay in Pisa for nightlife

Pros: Best for nightlife, close proximity to the Leaning Tower, a diverse range of bars and restaurants, good public transportation links, lively atmosphere, young vibe.

Cons: Can be noisy at night, limited parking options, higher prices for accommodation.

Attractions: Piazza dei Cavalieri, Chiesa di San Francesco, Orto Botanico di Pisa, Palazzo della Carovana

Suggested restaurants and cafes: Osteria di Culegna, Il Ristoro della Pe’, Filter Coffee Lab, Antica Trattoria Il Campano.

Walking in the Historic Centre
Walking in the Historic Centre

San Francesco is a vibrant and lively area, in fact, one of the best places to stay in Pisa for nightlife and those travellers looking for some action beyond the Leaning Tower. This area offers a diverse range of bars and restaurants. You are also within walking distance of the Leaning Tower, which is so handy.

Several attractions in the area will satisfy your cultural and historical curiosity. Piazza dei Cavalieri, a significant historical and political centre during the Middle Ages, is within easy reach.

You can also visit the Chiesa di San Francesco, a church featuring Gothic-style architecture. The Orto Botanico di Pisa is a lovely botanical garden to visit and relax before continuing your city exploration.

And do not miss a visit to Palazzo della Carovana, a beautiful building over 500 years old, hosting today an art exhibition.

Foodies will also appreciate the selection of restaurants in the area. Osteria di Culegna and Il Ristoro della Pe’ serve excellent Italian dishes, while Filter Coffee Lab is the go-to place for coffee aficionados.

For a traditional dining experience, you can’t go wrong with Antica Trattoria Il Campano.

Also San Francesco has a few drawbacks, unfortunately. Due to its vibrant nature, you have to select carefully your hotel location because it can be quite noisy on a few streets.

Moreover, if you are renting a car in Tuscany and driving around the region, you will find that parking is not going to be easy (organise with the host before approaching Pisa).

Despite these potential drawbacks, San Francesco remains a top choice for those seeking a lively and vibrant neighbourhood for their stay in Pisa. The area’s blend of historical attractions, diverse dining options, and bustling nightlife make it an exciting place to explore after sundown.

Here are 2 of the best hotels in Pisa close to the nightlife (still very quiet)

Residenza D’Epoca ($$-$$$): Highly recommend for a cosy, memorable stay. Short stroll to Pisa’s iconic sites.

Casa Benvenuti ($$): Perfect central location with excellent amenities, a sustainable choice offering delightful Italian breakfast and constant Wi-Fi


Best place to stay in Pisa for families and nature

Pros: Best for nature lovers and families, peaceful and rural setting, unique accommodation experience, ample parking, an opportunity to experience local cuisine and culture, and beautiful landscapes.

Cons: Limited public transportation options, need a car for easy access, you are not in Pisa.

Attractions: Agriturismo farms, local vineyards, and countryside walking trails.

Suggested restaurants and cafes: Local farm-to-table dining experiences.

The agriturismo is a great place to stay for families and nature lovers
The agriturismo is a great place to stay for families and nature lovers

You may be already aware of the differences between hotels, Agriturismo and farmhouses. In short, the agriturismo offers a stark contrast to the urban cityscape, and it’s best suited for nature lovers and families looking for a unique place to stay around Pisa.

This peaceful and rural setting offers a remarkable accommodation experience usually with ample parking and an opportunity to experience local cuisine and culture. And of course, you are going to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the Tuscan countryside, magical.

One of the primary attractions of staying in an Agriturismo is the farm itself. These farms often offer unique experiences such as cooking classes, wine-tasting sessions, and guided tours of the vineyards. Walking trails are aplenty, allowing you to soak up the peaceful countryside views at your own pace.

Many agriturismo establishments have their own restaurants that serve meals made with ingredients produced on the farm or sourced locally.

On the flip side, the major drawback of staying in an Agriturismo is the lack of public transportation options.

The agriturismo is a fantastic option, closer to nature, outside of Pisa, but you will need a car to visit the city and the Leaning Tower.

Shortly, it’s a great solution if you are looking for peace and tranquillity with the possibility to visit Pisa on a day trip

By the way, if you drive to Pisa, I suggest leaving your car at this free parking in Via Fazio degli Uberti or at Pisa Tower Parking, much closer to the Leaning Tower, but they charge an hourly fee of around 2 Euros.

Here are 2 great Agriturismo close to Pisa

Al Palazzaccio ($$): tranquil retreat in rustic elegance, with warm hospitality, delicious food and a scenic countryside setting

Fattoria L’Olmetto ($$): comfort, cleanliness, and great food in a beautiful setting, making it a superb stay close to Pisa

Drone view of Pisa
Drone view of Pisa

FAQ – Where to stay in Pisa

What is the best area to stay in Pisa for first-time visitors?

Near Leaning Tower is an excellent choice for first-time visitors because of its proximity to iconic landmarks.

Where should I stay in Pisa for a budget-friendly trip?

Sant’Antonio/Train Station area offers value for money and convenient access to transport links.

Which area in Pisa is best for experiencing nightlife?

San Francesco is known for its diverse range of bars and restaurants and a lively atmosphere.

Where should families consider staying when visiting Pisa?

Families might enjoy the peace and unique accommodation experience offered by Agriturismo. For a city stay, I personally suggest the Historic Centre

Which area in Pisa is best for a romantic getaway?

The Historic Centre, with its rich history and charming atmosphere, is perfect for couples.

Pisa - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina along the Arno River
Pisa – Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina along the Arno River

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