florence to pisa

Jul 15th, 2010, 11:33 AM
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florence to pisa


We are staying in Florence for 2 nights but would like to visit Pisa - can anyone tell me the best way to get there and how long it is likely to take?

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Jul 15th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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The best way to get to Pisa is by train and others can be more specific but it is about an hour--there are many trains out of the downtown Santa Maria Novella station. You will then have to walk about 15-20 mins to the Field of Miracles and retrace your steps to return.

More importantly, if you are only staying 2 nights in Florence, that will give you only one full day there. Do you want to spend the majority of that one day going to Pisa? It might be better to try to get to Pisa on your entry or exit from Florence depending on your other travel plans. You might be trying to "cram" too much into your short Florence visit.
Good luck.
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Jul 21st, 2010, 10:10 AM
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Well said, macanimals.

I can add that for example when you take the train from Central Station Florence (Santa Maria novella called) at 8.05 you will be at 9.17 in Pisa. Then -exactly a 15 minutes walk- and their u have your Tower. In the summer very probably you have to book your visit on the tower before hand, see:
(only possible 16 days before)

But don´t forget to admire the cathedral and the amazing baptistery.

Then take the train back at 11.32. And 1.01 hour later you´ll back in firenze.

Or take another train:
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Jul 21st, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Well if you want to go to see the Tower, I have a very easy way.

Make sure the train you take from SMN Florence goes to Pisa San Rossore. It's the stop after Pisa Central and not every train goes there.

San Rossore is a very small, little used station. However, it's less than a 10 minute walk to the Tower.

When you exit the station "area" you'll be given 3 possible streets. Take the one to the left. It goes in a block you'll see the Tower in the distance. Just follow it.

Coming back you'll have two choices so check the train schedule.

If the train is coming from Lucca then it will be on the tracks closest to the Tower. If it's coming from Viareggio then it will be the tracks farthest from the Tower.

In order from the exit to the Tower.

Going from Florence to Lucca.
Going from Lucca to Florence.
Going from Florence to Viareggio.
Going from Viareggio to Florence.

Save yourself a good 20 minutes each way.
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Jul 21st, 2010, 10:58 AM
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By going to Pisa you will miss a lot in Florence, and there is so much to see! I was happy that I got a chance to see Pisa, but I would not have traded that visit for time in Florence.
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Jul 23rd, 2010, 12:52 AM
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Adding to Myer and his (nice) tip on San Rossore:

When you should get out of the train at Pisa San Rossore you could visit the archeologic laboratory there in Rossore at the site of the former Pisa harbor (Etruscan and Roman times!).
Check first the possibility of a visit.

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Jul 23rd, 2010, 02:33 AM
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We took the train to Pisa and hopped onto a bus in Pisa right at the station. The bus dropped us right at the "Leaning Tower". Walked back to the station for the return journey. Very easy.
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Dec 9th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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Following eddyk's timetable we would be done with the tower midday. Is there somewhere else to add to the excursion from Florence? We will be staying there for 4 nights and want to hit Pisa, but we are wondering what else we can do while we are out of the city for the day.
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Dec 9th, 2010, 06:45 PM
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Lucca is about twenty minutes by train from Pisa S. Rossore, but I would reverse the order. Train from Florence to Lucca (or bus). Visit Lucca in the morning and Pisa in the afternoon as most things close in the afternoon in Lucca (1-4).
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Dec 9th, 2010, 11:33 PM
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Agree with kybourbon's suggestion to see Lucca before Pisa.
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