Soggiorno La Cupola

Via Panzani 1, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy
Soggiorno La Cupola
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Transportation from Livorno Pier to Train Station

by Cruisers10

We are interested in taking a train from Livorno to Lucca in May, and would greatly appreciate recommendations:
1) How to get from the pier at Livorno (Princess cruise ship) to the train station
2) Which train station is closest to the Livorno pier
3) Transportation options from the Lucca train station to our hotel (Best Western Grand Hotel Guinigi - Via Romana 1247, 55100 - Lucca).
Thank you for your thoughts and ideas!

Re: Transportation from Livorno Pier to Train Station

by leics

You will need to take the train from Livorno Centrale station. How far this is depends on where your ship docks: taxi or shuttle bus to the station seems sensible.

will give you times, details and fares of Livorno>Lucca trains in English. No need to book tickets online in advance: ticket machines are easy to use and have English language options. Journey takes around an hour, with a change at (mostly) Pisa Centrale. One-way fare 3.60 euro.

As your hotel is 3km from Lucca railway station the best option is to take a taxi. Directions here:

Re: Transportation from Livorno Pier to Train Station

by Cruisers10

Thank you for the information and such a quick response! Another question: To use the ticket machines (rather than pay in advance online), are we able to use a Credit Card, or cash only?
Thanks again!

Re: Transportation from Livorno Pier to Train Station

by leics

I think it would be more sensible to use cash for such a small amount as the Livorno>Lucca fare.

There may be problems with your credit card, although I understand form a previous post on VT that non-chipped cards are accepted in Italian ticket machines (I only ever use cash in such machines).

Travel Tips for Florence

Best view of Florence

by surferob

In any city, I try to find a high spot to climb for an inspired view of town. I like such views in a general way, plus I find it helps me to orient myself, which is important to me when I'm traveling. In Florence, one obvious choice is to climb the several hundred steps to the top of the Duomo. We were going to do that but ran out of time. Plus, that isn't free, you pay 5 bucks or something like that. Instead, I recommend you take a stroll across the river and to the east a bit to Piazzale Michelangelo. You climb a hillside using old stone steps and before you know it you're on top of the hill enjoying a magnificent view of the whole area. The view really is all inclusive: you see the Arno river wrapping around the city, all the bridges of Florence including Ponte Vecchio, the old part of town is laid out right before you including the Duomo of course, the hillsides surrounding the valley that Florence was built in, plus the outskirts of town which go on for some distance in each direction, helping explain how a city that feels so small can boast of a population of over half a million. Pick a sunny day.

Explore the 3 sets of doors in the Baptistery

by Sharrie

Explore the 3 sets of doors in the Baptistery:


3) East Doors (GATES OF PARADISE), Ghiberti's masterpiece with STORIES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENTS, commissioned by the Arte dei Mercanti in 1425.

Gates of Paradise are divided into 10 panels:
L1. Creation of Adam & Eve
L2. Noah & his family offering sacrifice after having left the ark
L3. Birth of Esau & Jacob. Sale of the birthright of the 1st born.
L4. Moses receives the Tables of the Law.
L5. Battle against the Philistines. David kills Goliath.
R1. Sacrifice of Cain & Abel. Cain kills Abel. God reproves Cain.
R2. The Angels appear to Abraham.
R3. Joseph sold to the merchants.
R4. The people of Israel in the River Jordan. The Fall of Jericho.
R5. Solomon receives the Queen of Sheba.

Walk like an Etruscan

by Callavetta

Arguably the closest hilltown to Florence can be reached in 20 minutes on the #7 bus. Fiesole was founded by an Etruscan Colony in the 6th Century BC. Today one can visit the Teatro Romano which houses the ancient Etruscan City wall as well as Roman and Etruscan baths. The site has a museum with Etruscan vases and Roman ruins.

Open daily from Easter thru October 9:30 am to 7:00 pm. Open Wednesdays in winter.

Admission 6,60 euro

After strolling through the town and visiting the ruins, stop and enjoy a glass of wine at the bar overlooking the City of Florence. If you have the time you will be rewarded with a wonderful sunset.

Tabasco heats up

by jglsongs about Tabasco

A popular and always crowded gay club in the heart of the center of Florence. It's hard to find and not marked on the outside (a commonality for gay clubs in Italy), but it's a blast inside. Very casual place, very friendly - good music to say the least. The building is very old - the crowd isn't.

Great Food, Even Better Atmosphere

by JC-USA about Trattoria 4 Leoni

Really good Tuscan food, in a romantic setting with even better atmosphere and service. The price is fair, and it is located in one of the nicer shopping areas of Florence. The waiters speak pretty good English, and are friendly and helpful with the menu as well. If you want to take the wife out to a real nice place for dinner, this is a good place to go. Bistecca - Tuscan Steak is basically what they called it. They offer most anything Tuscan there, and each of the things we tried was really great. We highly recommend this restaurant.


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Address: Via Panzani 1, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy