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Cathedral of Pisa
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At the heart of Piazza dei Miracoli lies an impressive example of Romanesque architecture, one of the most sacred sites in Italy.

As the centerpiece of Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, the Cathedral of Pisa (Duomo di Pisa) is one of the most photographed buildings in Italy, along with its freestanding Leaning Tower. The Duomo remains an active church.

Circle the huge cathedral to really understand its scale. The Italian architect Buscheto designed the Duomo and to honor him after his death he was buried within a blind arch of the marble façade.

When the first stone of this colossal cathedral was laid in 1093, the seeds of Pisan-Romanesque architecture were sown. Nearly 1,000 years later, the architectural style can be seen throughout Tuscany. Yet, Pisa’s Duomo is still considered to be the masterpiece of the style.

Enter the nave through the bronze Door of San Ranieri, closest to the Leaning Tower. Inside, marble floors give way to a breathtaking pulpit created by the master sculptor Giovanni Pisano, once dubbed “the first modern sculptor.” Many of the medieval works of art that adorned the Duomo were destroyed in a 1595 fire. Today the cathedral features a stunning mix of medieval and Renaissance work.

Walk down one of the two aisles that flank the nave to reach the altar. Look up to admire Giambologna’s crucifix and the monumental 13th-century mosaic that decorates the apse. As you reach the choir, study the two bronze angels that mark its entrance.

If you are here during a weekend, attend a Sunday mass to hear the 38-piece choir. It’s very special to hear the voices reverberate beneath the Duomo’s domed roof.

The Pisa Duomo is located in Piazza dei Miracoli, on the edge of Pisa’s medieval center. Reach the Duomo on foot or bus from within the city. Those arriving from farther afield will find secure parking for a fee on Via Pietrasantina, a five-minute walk from the square. The Duomo is open daily and an admission fee applies. Get a discount on the entry fee by buying a multi-attraction ticket, which gives you admission to other attractions in Piazza dei Miracoli.

Top Hotels Close to Cathedral of Pisa

Grand Hotel Duomo
Grand Hotel Duomo
4 out of 5
Via Santa Maria 94, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥9,487 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piazza del Duomo and Orto Botanico di Pisa. Leaning Tower and Cathedral of Pisa are also within 5 minutes. ...
3.8/5Good! (986 reviews)
"I didn’t end up staying here because I tried to cancel my trip due to Covid and got no response to emails or phone calls. It’s a shame because I rebooked my trip for next year and after this hotel not responding to me, doesn’t look like I’ll be taking my business to them next year."

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Grand Hotel Duomo
Hotel Pisa Tower
Hotel Pisa Tower
3 out of 5
via Andrea Pisano 23, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥6,724 per night from May 28 to May 28
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University Hospital of Santa Chiara and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Orto Botanico di Pisa ...
4.3/5Excellent! (618 reviews)
Reat location for the tower and city.
"Great location and great value, helpful staff. Couldn't fault it."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Hotel Pisa Tower
Hotel Bologna
Hotel Bologna
4 out of 5
Via Mazzini 57, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥7,086 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mezzogiorno and University of Pisa. Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)
njoyed our stay
"Hotel lovely and in a decent location. The only minor quibble is that the walls in our room seem to be a bit thin as you could hear next door quite easily."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Hotel Bologna
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Cathedral of Pisa

Grand Hotel Duomo
Grand Hotel Duomo
4 out of 5
Via Santa Maria 94, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥9,487 per night from May 11 to May 11
Grand Hotel Duomo
Hotel Pisa Tower
Hotel Pisa Tower
3 out of 5
via Andrea Pisano 23, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥6,724 per night from May 28 to May 28
Hotel Pisa Tower
Hotel Bologna
Hotel Bologna
4 out of 5
Via Mazzini 57, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥7,086 per night from May 17 to May 17
Hotel Bologna
Hotel Villa Primavera
Hotel Villa Primavera
2 out of 5
Via Bonanno Pisano 43, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥5,410 per night from May 16 to May 16
Hotel Villa Primavera
Hotel Relais Dell Orologio
Hotel Relais Dell Orologio
4 out of 5
Via Uguccione della Faggiola 12-14, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥14,291 per night from May 12 to May 12
Hotel Relais Dell Orologio
Time Out
Time Out
Via Santa Maria, 50, Pisa
The price is ¥3,602 per night from May 16 to May 16
Time Out
Grand Hotel Bonanno
Grand Hotel Bonanno
4 out of 5
Via Carlo Francesco Gabba, 17, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥11,769 per night from May 16 to May 16
Grand Hotel Bonanno
Villa Tower Inn
Villa Tower Inn
4 out of 5
Via Bonanno Pisano 62, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥9,487 per night from May 11 to May 11
Villa Tower Inn
Hotel Villa Kinzica
Hotel Villa Kinzica
3 out of 5
P Zza Arcivescovado 2, Pisa, PI
The price is ¥8,407 per night from May 15 to May 15
Hotel Villa Kinzica
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.