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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.


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NH Pisa £68
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 and University of Pisa. Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 1 mile (2 km). Pisa Central Station is only a 1-minute walk.

    Hotel Bologna £67
    Hotel Bologna

    Hotel Bologna

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

      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 1 mile (2 km). Pisa Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Pisa San Rossore Station is 25 minutes.

      Hotel Relais Dell Orologio £81
      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 within a 10-minute walk of Torre dei Gualandi, Leaning Tower, and University of Pisa. Piazza 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.

        Time Out £29
        Time Out

        Time Out

        Via Santa Maria, 50, Pisa
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Pisa City Centre, this townhouse accommodation is within a 5-minute walk of Torre dei Gualandi and Leaning Tower. Piazza 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 17 minutes.

          You & Me £27
          You & Me

          You & Me

          Lungarno Mediceo 40, Pisa, PI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Pisa City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Verdi and University of Pisa. Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 1 mile (2 km). Pisa Central Station is 13 minutes by foot and Pisa San Rossore Station is 25 minutes.

            Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast £108
            Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast

            Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast

            Piazza Giovan Battista Donati, Pisa, Provincia di Pisa
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Pisa City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Garibaldi and University of Pisa. Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 15 minutes. Pisa Central Station is 14 minutes by foot and Pisa San Rossore Station is 20 minutes.

              La Lu Cozy Rooms £75
              La Lu Cozy Rooms

              La Lu Cozy Rooms

              Via Dalmazia 2, Pisa, Provincia di Pisa
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Pisa City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Scuola Normale Superiore and University of Pisa. Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Pisa San Rossore Station is 16 minutes by foot and Pisa Central Station is 17 minutes.

                Hotel Leonardo £50
                Hotel Leonardo

                Hotel Leonardo

                Via Tavoleria, 17, Pisa, PI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Pisa City Centre, this inn is steps away from Church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri and University of Pisa. Leaning Tower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 15 minutes. Pisa Central Station is 15 minutes by foot and Pisa San Rossore Station is 20 minutes.