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Cathedral of Pisa (Duomo di Pisa)

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.

Popular Activities at Cathedral of Pisa

There are loads of cool ways to get the most out of Cathedral of Pisa. Here are some of some of the most popular:

For more things to do, take a look at our Pisa City Centre things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Cathedral of Pisa


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Grand Hotel Bonanno ¥8,032
Grand Hotel Bonanno

Grand Hotel Bonanno

Via Carlo Francesco Gabba, 17, Pisa, PI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, and Pisa Baptistry. Pisa Royal Palace and Cathedral of Pisa are also within 15 minutes. Pisa San Rossore Station is 7 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 22 minutes.

    Hotel Pisa Tower ¥10,605
    Hotel Pisa Tower

    Hotel Pisa Tower

    via Andrea Pisano 23, Pisa, PI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University Hospital of Santa Chiara, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, and Orto Botanico di Pisa. Pisa San Rossore Station is 7 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 23 minutes.

      Hotel Terminus & Plaza ¥9,121
      Hotel Terminus & Plaza

      Hotel Terminus & Plaza

      Via Colombo, 45, Pisa, PI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cisanello Hospital, Leaning Tower, and University of Pisa. Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Pisa are also within 1 mi (2 km). Pisa Central Station is only a 3-minute walk.

        Hotel Bologna ¥9,928
        Hotel Bologna

        Hotel Bologna

        Via Mazzini 57, Pisa, PI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps from Mezzogiorno and Leaning Tower. Pisa Royal Palace and Knight's Square are also within 15 minutes. Pisa Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Pisa San Rossore Station is 25 minutes.

          Grand Hotel Duomo ¥12,494
          Grand Hotel Duomo

          Grand Hotel Duomo

          Via Santa Maria 94, Pisa, PI
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps from University Hospital of Santa Chiara, Leaning Tower, and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Cathedral of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli are also within 5 minutes. Pisa San Rossore Station is 13 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 19 minutes.

            NH Pisa ¥9,891
            NH Pisa

            NH Pisa

            Piazza Stazione 2, Pisa, PI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mezzogiorno, Pisa Royal Palace, and Leaning Tower. National Museum of San Matteo and Knight's Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Pisa Central Station is only a 1-minute walk.

              Royal Victoria Hotel ¥8,799
              Royal Victoria Hotel

              Royal Victoria Hotel

              Lungarno Pacinotti 12, Pisa, PI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps from Palazzo Agostini and Leaning Tower. Pisa Royal Palace and Knight's Square are also within 5 minutes. Pisa Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Pisa San Rossore Station is 22 minutes.

                Villa Tower Inn ¥10,760
                Villa Tower Inn

                Villa Tower Inn

                Via Bonanno Pisano 62, Pisa, PI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, and Pisa Baptistry. Cathedral of Pisa and University Hospital of Santa Chiara are also within 10 minutes. Pisa San Rossore Station is 9 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 22 minutes.