Where to Stay in Pisa, Italy ✔️ 5 Top Areas for Tourists

View of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the adjacent Pisa Cathedral under a partly cloudy sky, with tourists on the grass and pathways surrounding the historic buildings.

Ciao! Let’s hop on this guide on where to stay in Pisa, Italy since we have a lot to uncover!

I visited Pisa, and the Tuscany region not too long ago and came up with lots of tips that will help you plan this trip! 

In short, Santa Maria is the best area to stay in Pisa, as it has the main attractions, and some of the top hotels, but if that’s not your scene, just scroll below and you’ll find 5 more areas and a list of hotels ordered from most to least expensive. 

Since Pisa is such an iconic destination, and the main landing point for those visiting Tuscany, I’d recommend booking your hotels here in advance, especially during the high season (June, July and August).

Quick Picks for Your Stay

If you want to book your Pisa hotels right now and not wait any minute longer, then have a look at this list of the best hotels, all located in Santa Maria, near the Pisa Tower: 

luxury hotel
A modern bathroom with a bathtub, pink armchair, and potted plants. Wall art and a curtain-covered window are in the background. Two round ceiling lights are visible.

The Rif

Best luxury hotel

mid-range hotel
A house with an outdoor seating area featuring multiple chairs and tables under a large umbrella. The area is surrounded by plants and greenery, with other houses visible in the background.

Villa Tower Inn

Best value for money

budget hotel
A neatly made bed with white linens, green bed runner, and gold pillows in a room with green walls and wooden flooring, illuminated by warm lighting.

Villa Martina Classic

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Here’s a map that will help you visualize all the areas where to stay in Pisa, Italy that I will be talking about in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Pisa with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. Santa Maria: for first-timers
  2. San Giusto: for budget
  3. San Francesco: for nightlife
  4. Sant’Antonio: for families
  5. San Martino: for relaxing

1. Santa Maria – where to stay in Pisa for the first time

Aerial view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cathedral of Pisa, and the Baptistery of St. John in Pisa, Italy, surrounded by green lawns and city buildings.

Located on the northern bank of River Arno, Santa Maria is a pedestrian-friendly area and the city’s historic center!

Here you’ll find the main tourist attractions including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa (the bell tower) which you can actually climb up to admire the views, the Duomo Square (map), and Piazza Dei Miracoli (map).

Did you know that originally, the Pisa Tower was standing straight but over time the North side started tilting, because of the soil underneath?

It’s in Piazza Dei Miracoli, where you’ll find countless attractions besides the ones mentioned, like Battistero di San Giovanni (map), Jardín Botánico de Pisa (map), Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the Camposanto Pisa cemetery and the Sinopie Museum

While exploring the area you’ll find lots of cobbled streets, which are filled with small boutique shops, good restaurants and bars, like Il Pozzo Dei Miracoli (map), where you can enjoy some delicious Tuscan wine,

The historic buildings will make you feel as if you’ve opened the door to the past, that’s why I recommend just walking around Central Pisa without using public transport, you’ll discover so many hidden gems!

Now let’s check out some hotels in Pisa, Italy near the Leaning Tower!

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury stay: a rustic house exterior, a modern bedroom with a yellow armchair, and a bathroom with a tub and decorative plants.

One of the best hotels near Pisa Tower and all the other main attractions! Grab a quick breakfast and then head out to explore around. The Rif offers air-conditioned rooms with stylish furnishings, a restaurant and an airport shuttle. 

Other accommodation options in Santa Maria

A garden patio with wooden furniture under a large beige umbrella, adjacent to a multi-story house with stone steps and a porch. Trees and neighboring buildings are visible in the background.

I love the elegant design of this centrally located hotel that has spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a sun terrace

A neatly arranged bedroom with a large bed, blue blanket, and yellow pillows. The room features a wooden beamed ceiling, a desk with a chair, a lamp, and modern decor including a small nightstand.

Enjoy your stay in Pisa at this hotel that offers a continental breakfast, a garden and rooms with air-conditioning

A cozy kitchen with a glass-top dining table, black cabinets, open shelving, pendant lights, a black shelf with dishes, wine bottles, a compact stove, a kettle, a computer, and decorative items.

Perfect for couples, this flat is located within walking distance from the Pisa Tower and it has a kitchen

Things to do in Santa Maria

  • Take a picture holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Explore around Piazza del Duomo 
  • Go inside the Battistero di San Giovanni
  • Check out the shopping streets in Santa Maria
  • See Cosimo I’s statue in Piazza dei Cavalieri (map)
  • Spend a fun day at the Botanical Gardens of Pisa 
  • Catch a sunset near Arno River at Ponte Solferino

2. San Giusto – best place to stay in Pisa for budget

Image of Pisa Centrale railway station in Italy with a plaza in front, where orange buses are parked, people walking, and a fountain visible. The station has an arched facade and several flags flying.

Looking for an affordable place to stay in Pisa? Then San Giusto may be just the right location for you!

Located across the river, around a 30 min walk away from Santa Maria, San Giusto is the perfect spot for those who want to take lots of day trips around Tuscany or even Cinque Terre!

The airport is pretty close as well, around a 12 min walk and 3 min car drive, so that’s definitely an advantage! 

Another perk is that you’ll find lots of affordable hotels, so if you’re traveling on a tight budget then definitely check San Giusto out.

Although there aren’t lots of attractions here or things to do, you can easily get to Santa Maria by walking or by public transport. 

PRO TIP: you can use the 1+, 5, 70, 60, 80, 120, 130 buses 

Still, you can definitely go on a stroll to explore the area and check out places like the Convento dei Cappuccini di San Giusto (map) and all the cafes and pizzerias! Pizzeria La Paradisea (map) is great for a late-night dinner or lunch! 

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury stay:: a kitchen with wooden cabinets, a living room with balcony access, a bedroom with a neatly-made bed, and an external view of the apartment building with a paved pathway.

A spacious apartment perfect for a group of friends or a family that comes equipped with all the facilities you’ll need like a kitchen, a balcony and garden views. 

Other accommodation options in San Giusto

A bedroom with a double bed, polka dot beige bedspread, bedside table with a lamp, and a desk with a chair in the corner. Framed pictures hang above the bed and large curtains cover the window.

Feel at home in this cozy accommodation that offers a private kitchen, a balcony and a garden view 

A small, cozy dining room with a wooden table covered by a patterned tablecloth, four chairs, a cabinet with various items, and a yellow flower vase on the table. A wooden door is in the background.

An affordable accommodation that boasts a free breakfast, family rooms, free parking and a terrace

A bedroom with a double bed, two bedside tables with lamps, a small vintage bench, an air conditioner, and a hanging plant. The room has striped wallpaper, tiled flooring, and a sheer curtain over a window.

This spacious room has a flat-screen Tv and offers access to a shared bathroom and kitchen

Things to do in San Giusto 

  • Grab a bite at Pizzeria La Paradisea 
  • Check out the Convento dei Cappuccini di San Giusto
  • Take a train to Florence
  • Eat some sweets at Vanilla cafè (map)

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3. San Francesco – where to stay in Pisa for nightlife

A stone facade of a historic building with arched windows and detailed carvings above a large wooden door, photographed from a low angle.

Located just a 20-minute walk away from Santa Maria, on the North side of Arno River, this neighborhood is perfect for those who want to spend their nights drinking Aperols and wine in some of the best bars in Pisa. 

Right at the border with Santa Maria, you’ll find the University of Pisa (map) and all the bars so make sure to dress up, and hit the town!

I love the feeling when I’m visiting a new place and I start going through all the bars, trying new drinks, and just having fun! Add that charming Italian atmosphere and you’ll have an unforgettable experience! You can start the night at Tree Bar (map) and then continue from there! 

Of course, you’re in Italy, so there are plenty of things to do and see in San Francesco during the daytime as well like visiting the National Museum of San Matteo (map), catching a show at Teatro Verdi (map), seeing Casa Ammannati which was Galileo Galilei’s home and admiring the beautiful Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria (map).

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury stay: a yellow multi-story building with arched windows and a small balcony; a dining area with light-filled windows and a bedroom with rustic wooden ceiling and elegant furnishings.

I love the design and vintage furniture of this accommodation in Pisa that’s located less than a mile away from the Leaning Tower. The rooms are super spacious, comfortable and they come with stylish furnishings! Grab some breakfast in the morning at the hotel and then head out to explore! 

Other accommodation options in San Francesco

A bedroom with a double bed covered in blue bedding, two bedside tables, a large painting above the headboard, and a window with white curtains.

Enjoy your stay in Pisa at this hotel that’s housed in a 13th-century building and offers breakfast

A minimalist bedroom with a large bed, tufted headboard, two pendant lights, a wall-mounted TV, an armchair, a red pouf, and modern decor. A window allows natural light to flood the room.

Modern rooms that come with a private bathroom, a flat-screen Tv and city views

Modern studio apartment with a kitchenette, dining area, sofa, and bed. The space features minimalist decor with white walls, light gray floors, and a mix of yellow and neutral accents.

A spacious accommodation in San Francisco that has a kitchen, free wifi, and a private bathroom

Things to do in San Francisco

  • Learn new things at the National Museum of San Matteo
  • Admire the architecture of the Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria 
  • See some beautiful sculptures at Gipsoteca di Arte Antica
  • Grab a drink at Tree Bar 
  • See Casa Ammannati (map), Galileo Galilei’s home

4. Sant’Antonio – best place to stay in Pisa for families

A vibrant urban courtyard features colorful street art on building walls, modern sculptures, and outdoor seating areas with people enjoying the sunny day.

Traveling with your family to Pisa? Then this area might be perfect for you!

That’s because the main attractions are located only a 20-minute walk away, and at the same time, you won’t be staying in the city center which can get super crowded.

Another perk of this area, which is set across Arno River, from Santa Maria is that it’s located only a 10 min walk away from Pisa Centrale Train Station (map), which is one of the major railway junctions of Tuscany, meaning that it will be easy peasy to take day trips to other parts of this beautiful region.

If you’re looking for some places to visit in the region with the family check our post with the best areas to stay in Tuscany, you’ll definitely feel so inspired afterward!

Back in Sant’Antonio, you’ll find some lovely historic churches like San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno (map) and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina (map) plus many excellent restaurants where you and the kids can indulge in Italian cuisine. Pizza, pasta, and gelato all day long? Sign me up!

Make sure to stop by the famous Palazzo Blu art museum and take a midday stroll on the banks of Arno River, with your family while eating some delicious gelato! 

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury stay: a cozy bedroom with wooden ceiling beams, a freestanding bathtub by a window with curtains, and a garden with red tulips and outdoor seating in front of a yellow house.

One of the best luxury hotels in Pisa! This hotel has a great location within walking distance of the Pisa Tower and the central train station. Grab a quick breakfast with the family, chill in the garden and then head out to visit all the tourist attractions in the city!

Other accommodation options in Sant’Antonio

A living room with red upholstered furniture, a large mirror on the wall, exposed wooden beams on the ceiling, and a coffee table with magazines and a decorative vase. An archway leads to another room.

Enjoy your stay in Pisa at this hotel that has an outdoor terrace and rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows

View from a balcony showing a cityscape with historic buildings, including a church on the left, and modern structures in the background. Cars and pedestrians are visible below.

Relax on the balcony at this accommodation that has family rooms, free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning

A bedroom with a bed covered in a white sheet, two pillows, a wicker stool, and a standing lamp. The wall behind the bed features a colorful floral wallpaper.

A modern accommodation located near the train station that has 2 rooms, and a kitchen

Things to do in Sant’Antonio

  • Visit the San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno Church (map
  • Take a day trip with the kids from Pisa Central Station
  • See the beautiful Tuttomondo Mural (map)
  • Eat something sweet at Pasticceria Al Dolcemente (map)
  • Go for a walk on the banks of Arno River
  • Rent a car and visit some farmhouses in Tuscany 
  • Visit the unique Palazzo Blu 
  • Have a family dinner at Pizzeria da Toni (map)

5. San Martino – best place to stay in Pisa for relaxing

A historical stone wall with arches and brickwork stands on a grassy area, under a cloudy sky. There are buildings in the background.

If you’re planning a trip to Pisa but don’t want to face crowds of tourists, I recommend booking a hotel in San Martino!

Located across the Arno River, just a 30 min walk away from Santa Maria, this neighborhood is the perfect place where you can enjoy la dolce vita!

La dolce vita is a sort of Italian way of living life where you appreciate the little things and finding beauty in everyday moments!

This is also where you’ll find the Fortezza Nuova (map), a fortress originally built in 1440 and reconstructed later after suffering a lot of damage. The historical landmark is located in a park, perfect for morning walks and reading sessions under the Tuscan sun!

 P.S. Don’t forget there’s a famous movie with that same name, and I think you’ll love it! Give it a go before your trip to Pisa!So grab an espresso and a pastry and head out to explore this beautiful neighborhood! Of course, there are a few beautiful churches like Parroquia de San Martino (map), a museum called the Museo della Grafica Palazzo Lanfranchi and many cafes and restaurants.

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury stay: a hotel's exterior and two interior photos of differently decorated bedrooms.

Set in a beautiful house that dates back to the 1920s, this hotel has spacious rooms and a unique design! Grab a glass of lemonade and head to the garden to enjoy the sun! The Pisa Centrale Station is only a 10-minute walk away from the hotel if you want to visit other areas!

Other accommodation options in San Martino

A bedroom with a double bed covered in a patterned duvet, flanked by two small bedside tables with lamps, and a window with shutters on the left.

I love the garden space of this hotel that has family rooms, a shared kitchen and free Wi-Fi

Aerial view of a rectangular courtyard garden with paved walkways, potted and planted greenery, surrounded by yellow buildings with archways and balconies.

A great accommodation for budget travelers that offers free Wi-Fi, an Italian breakfast, and garden views

A cozy bedroom with a queen-sized bed, gray bedding, a large circular wall decoration, a chair with a patterned cushion, a side table with a lamp, and a window with blinds.

Perfect for a larger group, this apartment has all the facilities you need including a kitchen and free Wi-Fi

Things to do in San Martino

  • Visit the stunning Fortezza Nuova 
  • Grab a coffee and walk around Giardino Scotto (map)
  • Check out the architecture of the San Martino Church
  • Go shopping on Corso Italia (map)
  • Check out Palazzo dei Consoli del Mare on Via S. Martino (map)
  • Admire the art at Museo della Grafica Palazzo Lanfranchi (map)
  • Head to the train station and visit other cities in Tuscany
👑 Luxury price:€170
💵 Mid-range:€90
🛏️ Budget:€60
📍 Best area:Santa Maria
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:The Rif
💵 Best mid-range hotel:Villa Tower Inn
👛 Best budget hotel:Villa Martina Classic

BONUS: Best hotels in Pisa near the Galileo Galilei Airport

Outdoor area at Galileo Galilei International Airport featuring a modern sculpture, people sitting and walking, and the airport terminal building in the background.

As I mentioned, Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa is the main airport in Tuscany, so you’ll likely be landing or leaving from here. If so, and you want to be as close to the airport as possible, then here’s a list of the top hotels, which I ordered from most to least expensive. 

Let’s check them out:

  • Luxury: Travel B&B – a lovely accommodation is super spacious and bright! Located less than a mile away from the International Airport, the apartment offers a delicious breakfast. 
  • Mid Range: B&B La Corte di Stelio – relax in the garden during your stay in Pisa at this B&B that offers breakfast and rooms with a private bathroom. The accommodation is only a 5-minute walk away from the International Airport. 
  • Budget: Locanda La Bottega del Parco – set just a 20 min walk away from the airport this cheap accommodation comes with a garden, a restaurant and family rooms. 

FAQs about where to stay in Pisa

Aerial view of the Arno River flanked by buildings and greenery, with mountains in the background under a partly cloudy sky.

🤩 What is the best area to stay in Pisa?

Santa Maria is one of the best places to stay in Pisa, as that’s where you’ll find the main attractions like the Tower of Pisa, and Piazza Dei Miracoli, plus a wide range of top-rated hotels like The Rif.

🍕 Is Pisa a nice place to stay?

Yes, Pisa is a beautiful city in Tuscany with many unique attractions, great restaurants that serve delicious food, and unique hotels.

📅 How many days in Pisa is enough?

If you spend 1-2 days in Pisa, you’ll get to see most of the attractions such as the Leaning Tower, Pisa Cathedral, and Piazza Dei Miracoli. 

🇮🇹 Is Pisa, Italy expensive?

Pisa is not super expensive. The prices of the hotels in Pisa are medium, from €170 for a luxury hotel to €90 for a mid-range one and €60 for a budget one.

🌃 Where to stay in Pisa for one night?

I’d recommend staying in Santa Maria, the city center, where all the main attractions are, and not waste any time on walking around.

🚶‍♀️Is Pisa a walkable city?

Yes, Pisa is a walkable city and you can get to the main areas and attractions on foot.

⚖️ Is it better to stay in Pisa or Florence?

It depends! Both are super amazing, but if you’re looking for something more affordable then I’d say Pisa, and you can visit Florence on a day trip. But if money isn’t an issue then I’d definitely recommend Florence.

Final thoughts on where to stay in Pisa

Panoramic view of Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Italy, featuring the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa Cathedral, and horse-drawn carriages in the foreground under a clear sky.

What a stunning city! 

Everything from the food to the architecture and the atmosphere, in general, makes me fall in love with this country every time I visit it! I hope this post helped you decide where to stay in Pisa, Italy.

I know it’s a tough call (choosing a place to stay) so if you need some help, here are my top 2 favorite hotels in Pisa, Italy: 

  • The Rif – a great hotel set near the Leaning Tower of Pisa that has a garden
  • Villa Tower Inn – housed in a unique building, this hotel comes with a bar 

After you’ve decided which hotel in Pisa you would like for your holiday, book it super in advance! You probably know how famous this city in Tuscany is, and all the accommodations sell out super fast.

If there is anything that you would like to know about the hotels in Pisa or just the city in general, leave me a comment below, and I’ll make sure to answer it as soon as I can!

Safe Travels,


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