... and leave the train at Pisa Central. From the station walk towards the river and cross the Arno by Ponte di Mezzo. Explore the narrow streets and squares of this historic university town. Eventually you will arrive at the Leaning Tower in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Cathedral Square). Make sure that you walk back to the station exploring a different route – there’s so much more to discover than the buildings close to the Tower (which is all that you are likely to see if you book on an organised excursion).
Just a remider to folk that you need to validate your train ticket before you board the train.
We bought tickets at Stazione Centrale di S. Maria Novella in Florence for a trip to Pisa.
We did not realise we had to validate the tickets on the platform before we got on the train. We could have incurred a fine, only that the ticket inspector let us off!
Stazione Centrale di S. Maria Novella
When we were flying into Pisa airport (to get to Florence) we intended to take the train from Pisa to Florence.
However due to times being more convenient we took the Terravision bus just outside the arrivals terminal.
Absolutely no complaints and for €6 one way we got dropped off in Florence at Stazione Centrale di S. Maria Novella in just over an hour.
Just outside arrivals hall on right as you leave airport. There is a ticket office in airport.
One of the most scenic train journeys you can go on is the train whick links the beautiful Italian cities of Florence and Venice. The first wonderful surprise is the magnificent train station at Florence, a building of architectural worth and beauty in its own right. Get there early for the train and have a snack in the cafeteria while drinking in the rococo decor.
The train itself is superbly clean with comfortable seats and ticket inspectors with stylish uniforms. It feels like a 1960's Italian movie. The scenery is worth watching, no need to take a book to read on this journey. The excitement of arriving in Venice is hard to describe, look forward to walking from the station to the Piazza San Marco (try to arrive just before dusk to see the full magnificence of one of the world's most perfect scenes.......)
Budget airlines fly into Pisa - don't bother with the bus, the road is usually very busy into Florence. Get the train, there's a station at Pisa airport with regular trains to Florence; or go to Pisa Central where there are even more trains to Florence and it's cheaper.
The best way to see a lot of Tuscany cheaply and quickly is by using the very reliable TrenItalia services.
First class tickets are only a fraction more expensive and you get a glimpse of another side of life in Italy. The best bit is that everyone talks to everyone, whether they know each other or not!
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