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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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Lodging Near Knight's Square

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Grand Hotel Bonanno

Grand Hotel Bonanno

Via Carlo Francesco Gabba, 17, Pisa
4.0
of 5, from 1,725 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This modern hotel is located in a quiet area just under a kilometer from the Leaning Tower and historic center of Pisa, and 3 km from Pisa Airport.

Royal Victoria Hotel

Royal Victoria Hotel

Lungarno Pacinotti 12, Pisa
3.8
of 5, from 1,422 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Agostini, Pisa Royal Palace, and Knight's Square. National Museum of San Matteo and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo are also within 15 minutes.

$95
Grand Hotel Duomo

Grand Hotel Duomo

Via Santa Maria 94, Pisa
3.6
of 5, from 1,002 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This modern hotel is located in the city centre of Pisa, a short distance from the Duomo, 200 meters from the Leaning Tower, a 20-minute walk from Pisa Centrale Railway Station, and 4 km from Galileo Galilei Airport.

$38
You & Me

You & Me

Lungarno Mediceo 40, Pisa
3.9
of 5, from 96 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Verdi and National Museum of San Matteo. Pisa Royal Palace and Knight's Square are also within 10 minutes.

$73
Villa Tower Inn

Villa Tower Inn

Via Bonanno Pisano 62, Pisa
4.1
of 5, from 233 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza dei Miracoli, Cathedral of Pisa, and Camposanto. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Pisa Baptistry are also within 15 minutes.

$54
Hotel Terminus & Plaza

Hotel Terminus & Plaza

Via Colombo, 45, Pisa
3.7
of 5, from 381 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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

$79
Hotel Bologna

Hotel Bologna

Via Mazzini 57, Pisa
4.3
of 5, from 1,296 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo Blu and Pisa Royal Palace. Knight's Square and National Museum of San Matteo are also within 15 minutes.

$59
NH Pisa

NH Pisa

Piazza Stazione 2, Pisa
4.0
of 5, from 967 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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