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Jan 22nd, 2013, 03:49 AM
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Pisa Airport or Treviso Airport in Venice for flight to Amsterdam???

Hello Fodorites. I am planning a holiday with my fiance where we plan to get married in Italy. Her daughter who is 19 years old will be joining us in Amsterdam (from our home in Australia) until just after the time that we get married in Tuscany. We have an opportunity to purchase some cheap fares but they are return Amsterdam. This would mean we need to fly her back to Amsterdam from either Pisa or Venice. Knowing these are smaller airports, I am concerned that she may feel overwhelmed if there are no english speaking operators for her to ask for directions from to get to her flight. We plan to put her on a bus to get to either airport (ie take her to Piazzale Rome in Venice) and will be direct transfers. Both flights land at Schiphol in Amsterdam. I am told this is a very easy airport so I am confident from here (and she will land here as well so it will be familiar). Does any one have experience at either airports in Pisa or Venice? I just want to try and assess whether we are absolutely nuts to send her there alone as she has never travelled in Europe before (although has travelled a couple of times to Asia so it is not totally foreign to her). Any commets on the ease of finding your way around each airport and any tips for either would be highly appreciated. Many thanks to you all.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 04:05 AM
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Hi Stacey - She will have no problem in either airport. Both airports deal with English-speakers day-in, day-out.

Both are small, and English-speaking staff are plentiful - as in any European airport.

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Jan 22nd, 2013, 04:22 AM
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Treviso is about an hour by bus from Piazzale Roma, but Pisa is a couple of hundred miles from Venice, across Northern Italy, so Treviso of these two.

However, can't you get a flight from Venice Marco Polo airport? This is close to the city across the lagoon and is easily reachable by waterbus. Whatever the difference in cheap flight cost is, it is probably very cheap to buy a one way from Marco Polo back to Schipol rather than incur the cost and hassle in getting to Treviso.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 04:24 AM
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Hi Stacey

I'm confused. where in Italy will you be? if you're in Venice, i understand why you would put her on the bus at the Piazzale Roma, but if you aren't, why not just drive her to the airport? and why treviso not marco polo?

[ok, i think I know the answer to that - the flights from Marco Polo to Schipol are with KLM/Alitalia and cost an arm and a leg = presumably you're using Ryanair from Treviso]

I don't know Treviso - i've always flown into Marco polo, but certainly Pisa airport is fine - lots of signs in english, the staff all speak english, but the food [and the shops] are italian! [i bought some lovely leather purses from the airside shop which my DD and I use every day]

congrats on your wedding, BTW.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 04:48 AM
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Both airports are small and every airport I have been to in Europe has signs in English as well as the local language.

If she can get from Australia to Amsterdam, why wouldn't she be able to get to get from Italy to Amsterdam? She's 19 - not 9.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 04:57 AM
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Treviso is a hell of a way from Tuscany, and quite a hike from Venice

Put her on a train at Florence SMN station for Pisa airport. Then come back here if you need to find out the painless way for her to see the Piazza dei Miracoli en route (one of the world's most beautiful squares, in spite of the silly tourist stunt of an amateurishly engineered belltower)
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 06:02 AM
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 08:51 AM
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Thanks for all of the advice. The reason we are thinking Pisa or Florence is we have decided to fly her on Transavia. We go to Florence after the wedding hence why Pisa is a possibility and then follow that with Venice. Either way, we would be required to put her on a bus/train as we are trying to avoid the loss of a day by escorting her to the airport. Yes, she is not 9 and definitely why I am here asking the questions. I want her to take the most direct route where she does not need to detour that way no chance of her somehow getting way layed and missing her flight. Both options certainly seem doable thanks to your advice. Thanks again.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 09:32 AM
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aha - I understand now why you can choose either Pisa or Treviso.

she could catch a train to Pisa Airport [some are direct, some you have to change at Pisa Centrale] from Florence SMN station, or catch the bus to Treviso airport from Venice Tronchetto. [not Piazzale Roma - see map attached].
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 09:39 AM
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The regular ATVO bus to Treviso airport takes about an hour and departs from Piazzale Roma. She should have no problems using either airport, both are small and well signed in English.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 09:46 AM
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oops - here's the link to the other bus:

http://barziservice.com/imagebank/ph...%20venezia.jpg
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