Despite the fact that half of the tourists in Tuscany will be crammed into this open square, the grandeur and unique artistry of the aforementioned buildings are well worth a stroll. The 11th century Cathedral (Il Duomo) deserves a look inside for its immense ceilings, marble-work, and art, although many of its valuables have been moved next door to the Museo dell'Opera. Climbing the Leaning Tower, which was originally meant as the bell tower for the church, is where things get a bit expensive (18 Euros minimum, although 36 Euros when combined with the two on-site museums). Still, you only live once; you might as well live having said you paid too much to climb a slightly tilted bell tower.
Note:Most of the cruise-ship fanatics and leisure-tour lifers will come for the Leaning Tower and head back into the woodwork. We at embark insist you stay in Pisa for the nightlife, for the university students make quite a crowd come the weekend. We suggest hanging out near the Arno River, especially north of the Ponte di Mezzo, for a fine selection of wine bars and pubs.