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Frank Apr 3rd, 2000 08:40 AM

Pisa day trip from Florence
Has anyone taken a daytrip from Florence to Pisa. I've noticed that half day bus tours leave Florence in the afternoon and return 4 or 5 hours later. Has anyone taken one of these tours? We would prefer to go in the morning, is anyone familiar with a half day tour leaving Florence in the morning? <BR> <BR>Has anyone taken the train from Florence to Pisa? We are considering this option also. <BR>Thanks in advance....Frank. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>

Paulo Apr 3rd, 2000 10:23 AM

You may easily do it on your own, by train. There are very frequent trains and the one way trip takes from 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours depending on train. <BR> <BR>From the train station to Campo dei Miracoli it's a little over a mile's stroll. If you're not in a real hurry, instead of catching a taxi it pays to make this stroll and visit some other sites generally overlooked in Pisa. <BR> <BR>From the train station, you may walk straight into Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and take Via d'Azeglio (behind the church, straight to the river and the very fine early 14th century Chiesa Santa Maria della Spina (some years ago this was closed for restaurations ... don't know if it reopened). Leaving the church and river to your left, stroll straight ahead along the quay. Before hitting the bridge, you'll see the 14th century Palazzo Gambacorti and the Loggia di Bianchi. Cross Ponte di Mezzo into PIazza Garibaldi, visit the San Michele in Borgo church (fine Romanesque-Gothic fašade) and continue on Borgo Stretto. After some 200 meters turn left (don't recall the name of the street) towards Piazza dei Cavalieri. This is the historic centre of Pisa, with the Palazzo dei Cavalieri (fašade decorated by Vasari), the Chiesa di Santo Stefano and the Palazzo Gherardesca (also by Vasari). Now take Via dei Mille and turn right on Via Santa Maria into the Campo dei Miracoli. After visiting the monuments in the Campo, take a taxi back to the train station. Depending on how much time you've allowed yourself in Pisa, once in Piazza Garibaldi you may continue along the river and visit the Museo di San Matteo (works of both Pisano, one of Simone Martini's polyptych and Masaccio's St. Paul). Also, if one has enough time available, the stroll back through the maze of narrow streets in the old town is interesting. <BR> <BR>Paulo <BR>

Debbie Apr 3rd, 2000 01:31 PM

Our family did this trip last year and it was quite easy on our own. We took the train from Florence to Pisa and then bought a bus ticket(from newsstand in station-they'll tell you what number) to the Leaning Tower and environs. It was very inexpensive and the trains are frequent as the bus service.It makes it so much easier to go on your time frame! It seemed to be what everyone else had chosen to go to the tower.Debbie************* As touristy as everyone thinks the tower is-it still is one of my childrens' favorite memories of our trip.Be sure to do the "standard" holding up the tower picture-great Christmas card photo!

Phil Apr 3rd, 2000 03:28 PM

Frank, <BR> <BR>Just got back from Italy. We took the train from Florence to Pisa. A train leaves Florence every 1/2 hour to Pisa. <BR>It was an hour train ride and cost 16,000 liras, which is around 8 US dollars for the round trip. A bus tour will cost around 60,000 liras or 30 US dollars per person. From the Pisa train station, we took a taxi because we were in a hurry to get back to Florence. The taxi ride costed us around 10 US dollars one way. I would suggest taking the bus if you have the time. Seeing the Leaning Tower was one of the highlight of our trip. Hope this helps. <BR> <BR>Phil

Frank Apr 4th, 2000 07:25 AM

Thanks so much for all of the good advice. It seems the train is the way to go. Caio.

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