The construction of Battistero di San Giovanni, the largest baptistery in Italy, started in 1152 but unsurprisingly considering its size wasn’t finished until 1363. Take in the imposing 55 m (180 ft) building with its circumference of 107 m (352 ft). Observe how the building leans 0.6 degrees towards Pisa's cathedral. It was built on the same unstable sand as the famous leaning tower. The grand exterior architecture transitions from Romanesque style in the lower section to Gothic in the higher section. Inside the baptistery are stained-glass windows and a bronze statue of Saint John the Baptist. On two of the pillars, look for the signature of Diotisalvi, who designed the building. Add Battistero di San Giovanni to your Pisa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pisa trip builder website.
Create an itinerary including Battistero di San Giovanni
Tours to Battistero di San Giovanni
$18 BOOK WITH VIATOR Square of Miracles guided tour with Leaning Tower ticket (option)
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
$160 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Pisa Discovery Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Access
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
$226 BOOK WITH VIATOR 2.5-Hour Skip-the-Line Pisa and Leaning Tower Family Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Battistero di San Giovanni reviews
Beautiful baptistry from the outside (we did not go inside on this visit). Basically the first building you see when you enter the Piazza. more »
A beautiful structure greeting you first when you approach the area from the train station through the medieval walls. We were warned by the lady in the tourist information office, that there are... more »
As well as the’Leaning Tower of Pisa’ There are other buildings within the grounds that are also well worth exploring and photographing here. Obviously these areas are much less crowded and more tranquil than the ‘main attraction’
Really beautiful. You can even get a view of the cathedral and the tower from the top. Try to be there when they demonstrate the echoes. Something extraordinary.
Plan your trip to Pisa
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Pisa
Side trips from Pisa
Hidden gems in Pisa
Historic Sites in Pisa
Museums in Pisa
Nearby attractions in Pisa
Trips to Battistero di San Giovanni by other users
32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Vienna Prague Schwangau 35 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Tuscania Montepulciano Assisi 46 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Rome Naples Rethymnon 20 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA London Paris Monte-Carlo 17 days in Tuscany BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC Florence Siena Marina di Campo 60 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Marseille Cagliari Rome