If you have no idea of what to see and what to do in Pisa during Easter, you are in the right place: keep on reading and stay here! :)
First of all, since Easter is a Catholic celebration, you may want to pray in Pisa’s Cathedral, so here’s the time table of the Holy Masses and the main Easter events in Pisa:
8 a.m. Holy Mass - 9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - 11 a.m. Holy Mass by the Archbishop - 12 a.m. Holy Mass - 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. (daylight savings) Holy Mass
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - 6 p.m. Holy Mass with foot washing - 9 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6 p.m. Liturgy of the Word reading of the Passion - 9 p.m. liturgical procession from the Chiesa del Carmine to the Duomo
3.30 p.m. Holy Mass - 6 p.m. confessions – from 9.30 p.m. confessions - 10.30 p.m. Easter Vigil
8 a.m. Holy Mass - 9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - 11 a.m. Holy Mass by the Archbishop - 12.30 p.m. Holy Mass - 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. (daylight savings) Holy Mass
8 a.m. Holy Mass - 9.30 a.m. Holy Mass
As you are in “Piazza dei Miracoli” (Miracles’ Square), don’t miss the bell tower, better known as the Leaning Tower (“Torre di Pisa”), the Camposanto, the Baptistery and all the other museums under the Opera Primaziale’s competence. Just round the corner there’s also a hidden jem no one knows, the Jewish cemetery: take a look!
Pisa is very small, but really charming, so start walking in every single medieval street: you won’t get lost and you will maybe discover some unusual places, such as the San Francesco Curch, a small city market like the one in Piazza delle Vettovaglie, a huge square like Piazza dei Cavalieri, where there’s the tower in which the Conte Ugolino ate his nephews, according to Dante’s Devine Comedy.
If you are fond of art and museums, fill up your agenda with a visit to Palazzo Blu, Museo San Matteo and Keith Haring mural.
From March 16th to June 26th in the Palazzo Blu you’ll find the “Donne d’Italia” exhibit, a show about the role of women in Italy during its first 150 years.
Go to the Museo San Matteo if you are passionate about medieval art, while if you prefer contemporary art stop in front of the New York artist’s colored wall (and take a coffee in the front cafè). The murale is not in the crowdy tourist paths: from Pisa main train station, walk straight in front of you along Viale Gramsci, then walk along Vittorio Emanuele Square’s left side and turn left in Sant’Antonio Square, when you are in front of Massimo D’Azeglio street. The Keith Haring’s mural is there, in front of the homonymous café!
Pisa is an incredible transportation hub: it has an international airport with low cost flights and it is very close to Lucca, Florence and Livorno. We wrote a post about what to do in Pisa with some smart tips about the nicest daytrips from there and an even more detailed blog article about how to reach Florence from Pisa airport, if your goal is to spend Easter in Florence ;)
... and Happy Easter in Pisa to you all!