At Pisa airport, which is only 4 km from the center, planes from Moscow land daily, so almost all travelers from Russia arrive here by air. According to gradphysics, there are direct flights from the capital, from St. Petersburg and other cities of the country you can only get with a transfer. An automatic train runs from the airport to the Central Station in 5 minutes, you can also take a taxi. It takes 2-3 days to travel to Pisa by car from their capital.
Considering that you can walk from the airport to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in half an hour, and from the train station in 20 minutes, then the story about public transport in the city will not be long. There are 15 bus routes in Pisa; tourists are interested in bus number 10, which goes from the Central Station to the sea. A bus ticket costs 1.20 EUR if purchased from vending machines at the station and 1.5 EUR from the driver. It is valid for an hour from the moment of composting, during this time you can transfer to another bus with it. From the Piazza Sant’Antonio bus station, CPT shuttle buses leave for Volterra (2 hours 20 minutes) and Livorno (30-45 minutes).
Due to the small size of the city, taxis have minimum fares. In the afternoon, a tourist will be charged a counter if he shows at least 7 EUR (even if less, the amount is the same). At night and on weekends, the minimum cost is 9-10 EUR. Claim and count change!
The best way to explore the city is to rent a bike from MaxiRent (Via Cesare Battisti, 13). Working hours: 9:00-13:00 and 15:30-19:00 on weekdays, Saturday – 9:00-13:00, Sunday – day off.
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Most hotels in Pisa are not marked with “stars”. However, this does not affect the conditions and quality of service. Many hotels include breakfast in the price of accommodation, the rooms have everything you need, including free Wi-Fi.
Those who come to the city for a couple of days and travel by public transport will be interested in accommodation options near the Pisa Centrale station, the price range is from 45 to 150 EUR per day. Pisa is not the most budget-friendly city in terms of living. The cost of double rooms in unremarkable hotels starts from 37 EUR. Such options can be found both within a 5-15 minute walk from the center and on the outskirts. Some of the most expensive hotels are located near the famous tower – on average, a night will cost 60-170 EUR per couple.
Housing prices in the city reach up to 300 EUR per double room per day. Such hotels are usually marked 4-5 * or they have additional services and amenities – swimming pools, restaurants, spas and health centers, transfers, etc.
How to navigate in the city
A half-hour walk from the railway station to the Square of Miracles (Piazza dei Miracoli), where the same tower is located, passes through pedestrian streets full of all kinds of entertainment: you can’t breathe here from shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, tourists and even attractions. So, the best way to see and feel Pisa is on foot. The historical center of the city is very small, and parking can not be avoided even in winter.
Rent a Car
Careless Italian public transport can ruin any trip. Therefore, many tourists prefer to get acquainted with Pisa by driving a car. Car rental is conveniently organized right at the airports of Pisa and Florence. Europcar, Budget, Sixt points are located in the arrivals halls, but they work in Italian – not around the clock – from 8:00 to 23:00, but 7 days a week, without days off and holidays.
Seats are required for children under 150 cm (not included in the rental price). The navigator is paid separately if it is not built into the car. Premium cars are best booked in advance. There are practically none in Pisa, they will be brought in from Florence.
Speeding – from 41 to 3300 EUR, any overtaking on the right – 80-310 EUR, passing on red – from 162 EUR to 200 EUR. Violations of traffic rules from 22:00 to 07:00 increase the fine three times.
There are no traffic jams. In Pisa, in general, there is little transport, but there are almost no free parking lots. For improper parking, a car can be evacuated, and traffic cops-“carabinieri” do not know where the cars are being taken. You will have to look at Italian-language sites.
What to bring
According to one authoritative Italian publication, the best-selling souvenir from Pisa is a plaster cast from the causal place of the statue of David by the sculptor Michelangelo. The male figure of David is sold in the form of three-dimensional magnets, bas-reliefs on the wall, plates, badges and even baseball caps. In second place in popularity are various objects with the same slope as the Leaning Tower of Pisa – mugs, glasses, glasses, candlesticks. On the third – copies of the tower itself. Some of them reach 1.5 m in height.
The main gastronomic souvenir from Pisa is wine. Red varieties: Chianti Classico Riserva, Vino Nobile, Carmignano, Vino da Tavola, Brunello di Montalcino. White ones: Vergine Valdichiana, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Bianco, but it is better to buy wine not in the Square of Miracles, but in supermarkets – this is Italy, gentlemen!
Collectors of faience figurines come to Pisa from all over the world. The city is literally overflowing with shops with faience treasures, this is another branded souvenir. In addition, Pisa is considered the Italian capital of homemade chocolate. The most famous of the local varieties is called “Amadeus”, you can buy it in the De Bondt shop.