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Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri) Tours

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Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri)
Pisa’s most famous attraction may be its Leaning Tower, but for centuries its heart was Knights’ Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri), remodeled by the architect Vasari in the 16th century into a classic example of Renaissance civic planning. Today, the square is home to Pisa’s university in the medieval center.

The Basics
The elegant Knights’ Square is lined with historic palaces and the church of the Knights of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, designed by Vasari and named for the religious and military order founded by Cosimo de’ Medici. A statue of Cosimo stands in front of the Palazzo della Carovana, which features detailed monochromatic etchings on its facade known as sgraffito, also by Vasari. 

Knight’s Square is one of the most important public spaces in Pisa’s historic center, and it’s generally included in walking, bike, and Segway tours of the city, along with the Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the Leaning Tower. Pisa is a popular day trip and shore excursion destination from Florence, Livorno, and La Spezia. Joining a tour with skip-the-line entrance to the city’s most famous attractions is highly recommended in the crowded summer months.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • When touring the historical center of Pisa and Knight’s Square on foot, wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The public square is easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller, and most of the space is pedestrian only.
  • A number of cafes and gelato shops are just off the square, making this an ideal spot for a quick espresso or cone.
 
How to Get There
Knights’ Square is in Pisa’s university quarter on the edge of the medieval city center. It’s a short walk south of Piazza dei Miracoli. Buses run throughout the area, and street parking is limited.
 
When to Get There
Pisa’s main attractions are crowded during summer, so for fewer people and shorter lines, visit the city in the quieter spring or fall. Knight’s Square is home to Pisa’s historic university, which makes it vibrant during the school year when it’s crowded with students.
 
Pisa’s Other Square: Piazza dei Miracoli
The Piazza del Duomo, more commonly known as the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), houses Pisa’s Duomo complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a splendid example of Pisan Romanesque architecture that includes the 17th-century Duomo, its adjacent baptistery, and the iconic bell tower (the Leaning Tower of Pisa).
Address: Piazza dei Cavalieri, Pisa 56126, Italy
Admission: Free
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri)

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2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path

2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path

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Discover Pisa’s star attractions and get under the skin of the city on a 2-hour walking tour. Explore hidden lanes and secret gems, seek out the highlights of the city’s four main districts, and learn about Pisan history and culture. Stop to view the Piazza dei Cavalieri, River Arno, and other famous spots, and finish by admiring Pisa Cathedral and the Leaning Tower. This leisurely paced tour is limited to a maximum of 15 people.
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  • 2 hours
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Explore Pisa City with Skip-The-Line Leaning Tower Climbing

Explore Pisa City with Skip-The-Line Leaning Tower Climbing

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Explore Pisa without the hassle of planning on a walking tour of the city’s highlights, from the Square of Miracles to Pisa Cathedral. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and anecdotes about Pisa’s ancient history. Enjoy priority access to the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a skip-the-line admission ticket, allowing you to breeze past notoriously long entrance queues.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Access

Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Access

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks. With millions of annual visitors, you probably spend more time waiting outside than exploring inside. This private tour offers skip-the-line access to the famous Leaning Tower and the gorgeous Cathedral, combined with a walking tour of highlights such as Piazza dei Miracoli, Piazza dei Cavalieri, and Piazza Arcivescovado as well as an optional lunch at a traditional trattoria.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Pisa Private Walking Tour

Pisa Private Walking Tour

Visit one of the most famous squares in the world, Piazza dei Miracoli. You will discover why one of the most beautiful squares in the world is located in a city that is not one of the most important in Italy. This guided tour will allow you to discover all the monuments present in the Piazza dei Miracoli, the religious hub of the city, where the leaning tower, the cathedral, the baptistery and the Camposanto complete the medieval picture of the area. Discover the secrets of the Leaning Tower
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Pisa highlights with final aperitivo

Pisa highlights with final aperitivo

We will visit the city centre of Pisa in a fascinating walking tour. One of our official tour guides will show you the most exciting highlights of the city from Plaza Garibaldi (Garibaldi Square) to the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) also walking along the beautiful riverbank. Why is the Leaning Tower of Pisa still standing? Is it the only tower like this? Why has the ancient port of Pisa disappeared? All these intriguing questions and many more will be answered on our tour. At the end we will enjoy an aperitif together in a classic local bar [?]. We will include the best recommendations on where to eat, what else to visit and what not to miss. Please feel free to contact us at the beginning or end of the tour to tell us what your interests are as our priority is to tailor your experience in Pisa to suit you. We are able to guide you whether you are interested in gastronomy, photography, art, nightlife, music or anything else.
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Pisa Bike Tour

Pisa Bike Tour

Everyone knows Pisa from its sheath tower. But further? It is one of the oldest cities in Italy. So very worthwhile to discover. Every corner can be reached by bike. Pisa is an important university city so people are used to cycling. You set off with a local guide, and who perfectly master the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence and Pisa Full-Day with Guide

Florence and Pisa Full-Day with Guide

A private tour with an english speaking driver and a certified guide in the language of your choice.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Pisa and Lucca Half-Day

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Pisa and Lucca Half-Day

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A private tour with a native english speaking driver who will show you the best that Tuscany has to offer.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$693.17
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Florence and Pisa Full-Day

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Florence and Pisa Full-Day

A private tour with a native english speaking driver who will show you the best that Tuscany has to offer.
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Best of Pisa Private Walking Tour with local Food tasting AM or PM

Best of Pisa Private Walking Tour with local Food tasting AM or PM

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Pisa has more to offer than its famous Leaning Tower, but most tourists miss out on standout sights. Cover the ancient Tuscan city from top to bottom during this in-depth guided tour, which includes an exclusive gastronomy tasting of regional products. Marvel at 14th-century frescos, get priority access to the stunning cathedral, and see the tower featured in Dante’s Divine Comedy—all with detailed commentary from your private guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour

Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Italy’s most iconic attractions and this private walking tour reveals the mysteries of the distinctive tower. Learn how the tower got its famous tilt, marvel the grand architecture of the Piazza dei Miracoli, and see landmarks like Palazzo Vescovile, Scuola Normale, and the Church of San Sisto.
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  • 2 hours
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$119.57
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Pisa perfect walking tour

Pisa perfect walking tour

Welcome to Pisa, the home of the famous Leaning Tower! Come see what it is all about for yourself through this 2-hour guided walking tour! Starting with the sight of “Piazza dei Miracoli” - Miracles' Square! it is a remarkable view to take in. Many buildings have come together since 1987 into the Unesco heritage sites, including the cathedral, the baptistery, the monumental cemetery and the famous Leaning Tower!
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Pisa Segway Tour

Pisa Segway Tour

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Explore Pisa on this comprehensive 3-hour Segway tour. Led by a local guide, glide through the Piazza dei Miracoli to see the Duomo, Baptistery and the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Check out where Galileo once studied at the Sapienza Palace and hear the history behind the Scuola Normale as you pass through Knights’ Square. Numbers are limited to eight people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Truffle Experience in Tuscany from Florence, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca

Truffle Experience in Tuscany from Florence, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca

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After a quick stop in front of Pisa tower for a lovely picture, set off for an exhilarating walk into the woods, drawn by the distinctive scent of truffle. Discover its unique flavor and enjoy the authentic taste of truffle-based dishes.
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  • 9 hours
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Beyond the Leaning Tower Pisa By Bike

Beyond the Leaning Tower Pisa By Bike

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Independent travelers in Pisa can make use of a 3-hour bike rental to explore the city at their own pace. Pick up your bicycle at the conveniently located Pisa Centrale railway station. Then use a smartphone app to guide you along the route. You’ll learn about more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with information provided about points of interest as well as special discounts.
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