Pisa's Parking tickets
I also received a parking ticket from Pisa, in the mail this past weekend. It was from October 2007...our hotel manager specifically pointed out a spot for us to park, assuring us it was ok...there wasn't a meter or any indication of a no park zone...nor was there any ticket the next morning on the car. This really ticks me off...since the desk manager at the hotel made it seem like it was "OK" and "no problemo"...I have email my case for appeal to the address on the statement Pisa Police sent me... listen up all you tourist heading to Pisa... make sure you stay at a place that truly has a place to park your car,
otherwise you'll be taking some excedrin more often (like me) than you want to. beware....Pisa will get you...one way or the other...if you are driving..
Unique Suggestions: check to see if you can find a place to park outside the town entry archway...check online for this...(google places to park worry free in Pisa)
see if your hotel has a private parking lot..don't fall for that "is OK to park there..no Problemo"...yeah right...ask all of the tourist that now have tickets to appeal or pay for
.take a bus or train....the driving isn't a problem in Tuscany...but apparently tourist parking their car in Pisa, are bound to get some sort of ticket...mailed close to a year after your trip...
Fun Alternatives: go somewhere else.. Volterra has a good system...park in a lot below the city, catch a finicular, then an awaiting bus will take you to the town center.
OR>>> go to Cortona...plenty of parking around the bottom of the town...there are steps to climb...but no tickets...
if you still insist on going to Pisa...drive until you find the big blue P sign...(which is unbeknowst to me where it is), but park there if you can find it..Related to:
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Area around the Tower
As you approach the area around the leaning tower, there are vendors selling everything but the kitchen sink. Want a tour book or a Leaning Tower to take home? They've got them.
Watch out for the street 'merchants' selling fake leather belts, watches and scarves.
Unique Suggestions: If you just have to have a souvenir, make sure to watch the prices and try to bargain a little bit.Related to:
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African & Asian Vendors
Unfortunately, there are hordes of vendors from Africa and China who will hound you incessantly while you're in Pisa anywhere near the Leaning Tower. They will consistenly approach you hoarding their wares whether you're taking a photo, eating a meal at one of the many cafes, or even while you're trying to take a photo. Having a cheap relic shoved in your face while trying to enjoy a delicious panini is irritating at best.
Be aware that it is ILLEGAL for you to purchase anything from one of these "blanket" vendors - so called because they lay out their wares on blankets and line the streets and walking paths leading into the Leaning Tower.
If you learn no other Italian, learn "Va Via!" - this means go away and is easily understood by them all. Many of the restaurant owners will shoo them out but if you're seated outdoors this becomes difficult.
Unique Suggestions: - Do not make eye-contact with them
- Do not try to be polite - simply say NO forcefully and authoritatively
Fun Alternatives: Unfortunately, if you must see the Leaning Tower, you must endure these obnoxious vendors. It really mars the whole experience and detracts from the destination altogether.Related to:
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We all heard of roses handed out in Rome to the ladies as a 'gift' but turn to the man for money. So i never let these guys hand or even force the rose on me. In pisa, there are african man selling watches, and if you say no, they place an animal figurine (i got a turtle and an elephant) and say it's a gift and a good luck charm.....we got suckered into buying it. Just a heads up!
Leaning Tower of Expensiveness
OK, so maybe my friend and I are cheap students, but we went into the ticket office to purchase tickets to walk up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can buy a single ticket for one thing, or buy a ticket that encompasses two or three points of interest (a church, a baptistery, etc.). Anyways, the prices we had expected were definitely not the ones listerd. To get into the Tower, it was 15 Euro which is at least $20! It's definitely not worth it! There's nothing interesting to look at in Pisa from up there, it's a lot of steps to walk, and it's expensive.
Unique Suggestions: You'd be much better off using your time and energy to take silly pictures of the Tower. My friend and I were trying to get the perfect pictures of us "holding the Tower up". They turned out great and this group of Asian tourists were all doing it as well. It was funny and didn't cost a dime!Related to:
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15 Euros!!!, they must be drunk
After I spend more then half an our in the long line,the guy asked me 15 Euros to get on the top of the Leaning Tower. I said OK, 5 Euros is resonable price. No, no, no per amor' di Dio, il prezzo e quindici euro a testa, he repeat it in Italian. You must be crazy or drunk I said, a bottle of fine wine cost me that money. Yeah, but this is unique world attraction, that is why the price is so high. OK then I'll skip it, instead of climbing up I 'll double that amount of money and buy myself a bottle of Brunello.
So, I went to the first wine-shop and bought a bottle of Brunello. Then I came again under the Leaning Tower, have lie down on the grass and start drinking my wine. Gosh, it was excellent combained with ship cheese. That is how I made this openning picture. If you follow what I did, you wont regret.
Climbing the Tower - Ripoff !!!
They charge 15 Euros to climb the Leaning Tower !!! I think its a rip-off !!! Maybe they want to discourage too many people climbing the tower. But, seriously, 5 bucks would've been enough. To each his own...
The leaning tower...
When you go to Pisa, the main reason you are most likely there is to climb the leaning tower.. I did it, and it was a great experience.. However, be prepared to pay 15 euros, just to climb the tower. The other buildings that are along side the tower such as the Cathedral, the Bapistery, graveyard, and on site museums are EXTRA, approx. another 17 euros. Also, here you must pay for the bathroom... it is only .30 euros, bring change!
Unique Suggestions: I would still reccommend going... it is a wonderful experience, just remember to bring change for the washrooms, and be prepared to spend a little more than expected!Related to:
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Travellers Cheques Exchange Rate
There is a money exchange just outside of the train station as you arrive at Pisa, be aware that they charge the most extortionate amount of commission so ensure that you cash up before you get there.
Unique Suggestions: Be prepared to pay at least 12.5% commission.
My daughter and I really liked to climb the leaning tower, until we we saw the price, 15 euro each!!
For all the buildings you have to pay entrance, you can buy tickets to visit only one building but also for the three buildings, of course it is up to you, we decide to get tickets for the Cathedral those tickets cost us 4 Euro p.pRelated to:
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Climbing the leaning tower
Only 1 big tourist attraction in Pisa and of course the local government tries to abuse it to raise their income: 15 euro to climb the leaning tower, 15 euro!!!! I never saw such a rip-off ever. I didn't want to spend my money on that, but I hope for the people that did, that the view is at least stunning!
Lungarno Pacinotti by night
Lungarno Pacinotti takes the tourist from the University area to Ponte di Mezzo. I took this picture from the second important bridge in Pisa called Ponte Solferino. That bridge connects Lungarno Pacinotti to the other side of the river and directly to Santa Maria della Spina church. It is another good point of view to see the LUMINARA and the fireworks.
SEE PISA IN THE PMIn all this...
SEE PISA IN THE PMIn all this story it is possible to find a meaningful constant, the 'genetic code' of the Tower: its continual interaction with the soil on which it was built. Today's (1999) works for the safeguard and the conservation of the Tower with very advanced methodologies are designed to fully respect this constant.
Not for everyone:))
This is not a real tourist trap, anyway remember that there are only a certain number of persons is allowed to visit the tower every day.We tried to visit it at 3 pm (it closes at 5 pm) and they already finished the tikets that day.So we went back the morning after and found a great foggy day, what a luck!
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Posted by VT Member: globetrott (Mar. 2002)
There are NO luggage lockers at Pisa train station!
This is just info for everybody, who is planning
to make a short stopover in PISA.
ALL luggage storage-facilities at the train station
are closed and out of order due to the attacks of
This is a gentle warning to anyone using a vehicle on the road at the front of the hotel, who is not...more
This was a very nice and cozy hotel.. the perfect choice when you are looking for a maore relaxing...more
This hotel is beside the train station, and within easy reach of the airport (there is a train link,...more
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