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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.

Ensure you have heaps of time at Knight's Square. Here are the top things to do:

When preparing for your visit, you might want to consider buying a Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour with Leaning Tower and a Pisa Walking Tour & Leaning Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket.

If you're seeking even more options, peruse our Pisa City Centre things to do page.


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Hotel Bologna ¥6,198
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.

    NH Pisa ¥7,207
    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.

      Grand Hotel Bonanno ¥6,600
      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.

        Grand Hotel Duomo ¥9,828
        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.

          Royal Victoria Hotel ¥6,224
          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.

            Hotel Relais Dell Orologio ¥7,923
            Hotel Relais Dell Orologio

            Hotel Relais Dell Orologio

            Via Uguccione della Faggiola 12-14, Pisa, PI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Pisa City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Torre dei Gualandi, Leaning Tower, and Knight's Square. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Cathedral of Pisa are also within 10 minutes. Pisa San Rossore Station is 15 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 19 minutes.

              Hotel Villa Kinzica ¥5,690
              Hotel Villa Kinzica

              Hotel Villa Kinzica

              P Zza Arcivescovado 2, Pisa, PI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps from Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Leaning Tower. Cathedral of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli are also within 5 minutes. Pisa San Rossore Station is 12 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 22 minutes.

                Relais I Miracoli ¥9,438
                Relais I Miracoli

                Relais I Miracoli

                Via Santa Maria 187, Pisa, PI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Pisa City Centre, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of Pisa and Pisa Baptistry. Pisa San Rossore Station is 11 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 20 minutes.