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Knight's Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri)

The former political center of medieval Pisa is lined with many of the city’s most significant buildings. A prestigious university creates a lively atmosphere. 

As the centerpiece of Pisa’s Santa Maria historical quarter, Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knight’s Square) is a destination for anyone fascinated by the city’s rich and engaging history. The square’s Renaissance style, along with the facades of the Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, the Palazzo della Carovona and the Palace of the Clock, make the Knight’s Square one of the most picturesque destinations in the city.

For centuries the spacious Piazza dei Cavalieri was the political hub of Pisa. Admire the architecture of Giorgio Vasari, the famous Italian architect responsible for redesigning the square during the 16th century. Stroll across the vast open space and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. 

Visit the stunning Church of Santo Stefano, one of the most recognizable buildings on the square. The marble and sandstone structure is known for its intricately painted wooden ceiling and its collection of trophy banners captured from Saracen pirates. Pass by the dominating Palazzo della Carovona to see where the knights of Pisa once resided. Its facade features a series of sculptures and carved statues depicting notable Pisans and the city’s coat of arms. Don’t miss the Palace of the Clock, a monumental campanile built to join two of the city’s ancient towers.

During the week, students from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, one of the city’s most prestigious universities, can be seen discussing philosophy or politics on the steps of the school. Follow the locals to a café in one of the seven streets that lead from the square to find where the best coffee is served.

Piazza dei Cavalieri is located in central Pisa and if you arrive on foot you can get there by walking along some of the city’s most scenic streets. Buses service the area frequently. Those arriving by car may struggle to find parking, but limited metered street parking is available just outside the historic center.

Popular Activities at Knight's Square

Give yourself heaps of time at Knight's Square. Below are the best activities:

Do you want to make your visit a little more special? A Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour with Leaning Tower and a Pisa Walking Tour & Leaning Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket are both worth looking into.

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


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Grand Hotel Bonanno ¥8,035
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 Terminus & Plaza ¥9,106
    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 ¥9,912
      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.

        Royal Victoria Hotel ¥8,786
        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.

          Grand Hotel Duomo ¥12,961
          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 ¥9,674
            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.

              Hotel Pisa Tower ¥10,038
              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 Galilei ¥9,421
                Hotel Galilei

                Hotel Galilei

                Via Darsena 1, Angolo Via Aurelia, Pisa, PI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mezzogiorno and Leaning Tower. Pisa Royal Palace and Knight's Square are also within 2 mi (3 km). Pisa Central Station is 26 minutes by foot.