A short stop to see the leaning tower of Pisa
We are glad to announce that we have added an option on our transfers booking forms, for “private transfer from Pisa airport to Florence” and “private transfer from Florence to Pisa airport“, that allows you to send an automatic request to add a short stop in Pisa to see the leaning tower.
We have driven tourists to the airport of Pisa to catch a flight back home on countless occasions – sometimes for travel agencies and tour operators, sometimes for hotel concierges, sometimes for partner car services in Florence – and when we asked them if they had seen the leaning tower they often replied “no”. If we investigated a little further we often realized that most passengers would have liked to see it but were not given the option to do so unless it was part of a day trip from Florence, and were never advised about the possibility to do it during their transfer from or to Pisa’s airport.
Booking a short stop in Pisa during your airport transfer
We usually ask our own clients, during the email exchange, if they would like to make a short stop to see the leaning tower of Pisa and from now on you can select this option directly on the booking form. The option consists of a diversion from the usual transfer itinerary and the price – € 30,00 for half hour – reflects the added mileage and service time. We are not a tour operator or travel agency, so “seeing the leaning tower” merely means that you will have half hour of free time in Piazza dei Miracoli to walk around and take photos. It does not include tickets to actually climb on the tower.
A customized transfer service to and from Pisa’s airport
If you would like to climb up the leaning tower of Pisa you will have to buy the tickets in advance. You can do that at the Opera della Primaziale Pisana’s website. On the same website you can also select tickets to see other monuments. But if you would like to do that on a transfer from or to Pisa’s airport, and you have chosen to do it with us, please use the custom transfers or chauffeur service form to let us know all the details; we will work out the itinerary that will suits you best and maximize your time.
Main attractions in Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracles Square)
- The leaning tower is the most famous monument in Pisa. Built between 1173 and 1372, as the bell tower of the cathedral Santa Maria dell’Assunta, in a Romanesque architectural style. It is 57 metres high and leans south at about 3.9 degrees off its axis.
- Santa Maria dell’Assunta is the cathedral of Pisa. Built between 1063 and 1092 in a Pisan Romanesque architectural style. Many artists have contributed works of art to decorate the cathedral and among the most famous are Giovanni Pisano’s pulpit, Bonanno Pisano’s bronze doors, Cimabue’s mosaic in the apse and Andrea del Sarto’s paintings. In the cathedral you can also find the relics of San Ranieri, the patron saint of Pisa.
- The Baptistery, dedicated to St. John. Built between 1152 and 1363 in Romanesque/Gothic style on an original project by Diotisalvi. It is the largest baptistery in Italy. The pulpit in the baptistery was sculpted by Nicola Pisano, father of Giovanni, and forefather of Italian renaissance sculpture.
- The Camposanto, literally “Holy Field”, is a monumental cemetery. The word camposanto in the Italian language became a synonym of cemetery because of this monument. The reason why it was called “Holy Field” is that its ground was filled with soil brought here, after the fourth crusade, from Golgotha (or Calvary, the hill in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified), by the archbishop Ubaldo Lanfranchi.