Pisa Basics



For sightseeing purposes, Pisa has pretty great weather. It has very little rainfall due to its Mediterranean climate. Although it's nothing drastic, expect some soggy weather if you venture there between November and January and at the beginning of spring; this is, incidentally the best time to visit the city, as the occasional rain alleviates some of the heat. Not surprisingly, it is least rainy in the summer when temperatures can reach up 30 degrees. If only you could cool off somewhere... Oh, but you can! At Marina di Pisa, a small seaside town just a 20-minute drive from the city. Autumn is a great time for walking around despite slightly colder temperatures and occasional showers, but, luckily, there are museums a-plenty to dry off in and, of course, admire. In winter, Christmas markets and multicolored lights transform the city into a proper – albeit snow-free – wonderland, the mild Tuscan winter also makes for a great time for a visit, especially if you are a foodie.

Crime & Safety

As Italian cities go, Pisa isn't too dangerous. However, pickpockets do love a tourist. Because there are so many, be sure to keep your belongings close to you, be wary of any overly friendly strangers who might have sticky fingers, and you should be okay.

Hospitals & Pharmacies

There are a number of hospitals and pharmacies in Pisa; quite a few hospitals are located the immediate vicinity of the Leaning Tower, and some more can be found in the South-East of the city. The number to call in case of emergencies is 112.

Public Toilets

Public toilets are scarce in Pisa but if you do find one, it should be fine as there is usually a custodian just outside – you might have to pay, though. If no public toilets are to be found, just pop into one of the many cafes around the city and take advantage of the opportunity to drink a shot of espresso at the bar like a true Italian.


Travelling from outside the EU or just out of mobile data? You're in luck! Ever since 2018 you can log onto Wi-Pi, a free and unlimited Wi-Fi service with 37 active hotspots and 135 access points all over the city.

Can you drink the tap water

Worry not, tap water in Italy is safe to drink, and if you happen to be travelling during the hotter months – or just happen to be very thirsty –, there are drinking fountains spread out all over the city.

Tourist Card

There is,for the moment, no one tourist card that offers access to the best sites of the city. Be careful of anyone offering one! However, if you're considering staying in Italy for longer or experiencing the local nightlife or attending cultural events, you might need to invest in an ARCI Card. ARCI is a nationwide network of cultural associations that offers discounted event and drink prices for its members; and a great deal of events, especially clubs or concerts, require one. Don't worry, though, you can easily sign up at the entrance. A one-year membership costs €10 and is valid all over Italy.

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