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Semi-Private Tour: Day Trip to Florence and Pisa from Rome with Lunch
"Depart from Rome and drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Once you arrive in Florence the city tour will start at Piazzale Michelangelo where you can enjoy the amazing view of the entire center of Florence. Then you will reach Ponte Vecchio for some of the best views of Florence. You will walk through the lovely streets of the city and yo with its beautiful Brunelleschi's Dome. Before reaching Piazza della Signoria you can also admire the Baptistry and Giotto's Bell Tower. After lunch (included) you can relax and have a walk in the nice San Lorenzo outdoor market where you can find a very high quality leather jackets and other clothes at very convenience price (Florence is very famous for its leather products)You will leave Florence arou where the guide will show you the famous Leaning Tower Piazza dei Miracoli
From EUR180.00
 
Artglass Tour of the Leaning Tower Square
"By wearing this glasses and following your map you will automatically get explanations historical reconstructions of the monuments and many other curiosities narrated by Pisa's historical figures such as Galileo Galilei.You can find out what the ""nails of the devil"" and ""the golden section of the Baptistery"" mean why the Bell Tower is leaning and much more.The ARtGlass devices give you an unique individual experience while explaining to you the city's history and one of the most beautiful squares in the world!The multimedia glasses are suitable for all ag""You can visit Piazza dei Miracoli in a unique way thanks to the ArtGlass: through wearable video glasses you’ll be offered a mix of videos and storytelling to discover a new dimension of art and history.title=Highlights&1=ArtGlass+self-guided+tour+of+Piazza+dei+Miracoli+in+Pisa&2=Learn+about+the+World+Heritage-listed+Piazza+dei+Miracoli+with+the+ArtGlass+tour&3=Hear+stories+told+in+the+voice+of+famous+Italian+masters+such+as+Galileo+Galilei&4=Take+a+self
From EUR8.00
 
Audio Guided Tour of the Leaning Tower Square or Pisa City Centre
"The list of the points of interest included in the Leaning tower square video guide tour: Introduction: square of Miracles - the role of the square - Leaning tower history - Leaning tower description - Cathedral history - Cathedral description - the Le luminarie La Regata"" - ""Caffè dell'Ussero"" - Palazzo Reale - Domus Galileiana - Bothanical Garden - ""La Cittadella Nuova"" - A typical wine produced in Pisa: the white wine S. Torpè - A delicious tuscan street food : ""schiacciata"" - A typical dish of Pisa: """"The Leaning tower square video guide tour includes a full description of the monuments exteriors and interiors: Cathedral Baptistery Monumental Cemetery and leaning tower.Pisa city centre tour video guide tour includes both the full description of the monuments in Piazza dei Miracoli and of the maincultural and historical points of interest in Pisa city centre enhanced with an
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The car Tips (11)

Travelling with (young) kids.

Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Callantsoog by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

General:
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

Car:
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

Finally:
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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Jerelis
Oct 07, 2015

Rental Car advice

The rental car park is 500 meters from the terminal. There are transfer busses that have no airconditioning. Ours was driven by a driver who tried to stow as many people as possible in one bus. If you transport cattle like this it will get you into trouble, but apparently tourists can be handled this way. My advice is to take the walk.

pjgross
Jun 15, 2015

ZTL map in Pisa

The official map of the ZTLs (zone di traffico limitato, or restricted traffic zones) in Pisa can be found at https://secure.comune.pisa.it/tzi/info.jsp .

In case you feel the map is useless, please note that you can click on each zone and get a blow-up that shows the actual streets...still it helps to be familiar with Pisa to figure them out.

It's hard for me to tell, but it looks like the ZTLs are active 24 hours a day (which makes it different from most other cities). Well, I am reading http://www.comune.pisa.it/mobility/doc/ordinanze_2005_pdf/288_Nuova_disciplina_accesso_sosta_ZTL.pdf which is only in Italian, and I really should be doing something else at the moment ;-)

In any case, acting as if they're active 24x7 is the safe way to go.

As I've noted in previous threads (search the Pisa forum for "ztl"), the safest way of approaching the Tower area is from the west, as you won't pass through any ZTLs on the way. You might park next to Pisa San Rossore, a small commuter train station a few hundred meters to the west of the tower and walk. An Italian VTer has opined that there is closer parking but this brings you rather close to the ZTL...in any case, you want to park in official (probably paid) parking, because Pisa is more notorious than most Italian cities about poorly marking no parking zones and then ticketing you.

Take a look at a map (or use http://www.viamichelin.com) and see if the western approach makes sense...

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mccalpin
Apr 21, 2009

Park across the river

It was much easier to find a parking space and a much lesser cost across the River Arno. It was pretty obvious that to look for a place to park closer to the tower area would require a lot of driving and luck, as well as I am sure the cost is substantial. It also keeps yo uout of the path of tour busses, many are always there crowding the road

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Nov 02, 2007
 
 
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traffic offence in restricted areas

If you travel by car into Pisa then beware. I want to warn motorist that when traveling around Pisa there are areas of traffic restriction that you may, like us and others, have unknowingly entered. This seems to affect many people who use hire cars which are probably mainly tourist. When you pick up your hire car you will not be warned about these restricted areas. Several months after you get home you will be billed by the hire car company for charges incurred by them for giving your details to the police. Then many months after that you will receive a fine of around 110 Euros . The fine will be for 'circulating in a restricted area'. Judging by the numbers of people I have found on the net and there are many, who have been affected in the same way. most agree that the entrance to this area can not be very well signposted or signposted in such a way for people who do not speak Italian to understand as all have said they have committed this offence without knowing that they have done anything wrong. What I can't understand is if these areas are restricted to cut out large amounts of unwanted traffic in tourist areas, which we would all agree, can be a nuisance, then why isn't it signposted in such a way as to make tourist have absolutely no doubt that they should not drive in this area. I am sure that the majority of drivers would respect this, instead, people have mistakenly driven in a restricted area, had their number plate photographed and then months after they have returned home they are fined a large amount of money. I am sure that this just has a negative effect on the tourist industry as many say that they will not return. So I urge motorist to be very careful where you are driving and don't end up with a fine.

lizie1
Apr 22, 2007

traffic offence in restricted areas

If you travel by car into Pisa then beware. I want to warn motorist that when traveling around Pisa there are areas of traffic restriction that you may, like us and others, have unknowingly entered. This seems to affect many people who use hire cars which are probably mainly tourist. When you pick up your hire car you will not be warned about these restricted areas. Several months after you get home you will be billed by the hire car company for charges incurred by them for giving your details to the police. Then many months after that you will receive a fine of around 110 Euros . The fine will be for 'circulating in a restricted area'. Judging by the numbers of people I have found on the net and there are many, who have been affected in the same way. most agree that the entrance to this area can not be very well signposted or signposted in such a way for people who do not speak Italian to understand as all have said they have committed this offence without knowing that they have done anything wrong. What I can't understand is if these areas are restricted to cut out large amounts of unwanted traffic in tourist areas, which we would all agree, can be a nuisance, then why isn't it signposted in such a way as to make tourist have absolutely no doubt that they should not drive in this area. I am sure that the majority of drivers would respect this, instead, people have mistakenly driven in a restricted area, had their number plate photographed and then months after they have returned home they are fined a large amount of money. I am sure that this just has a negative effect on the tourist industry as many say that they will not return. So I urge motorist to be very careful where you are driving and don't end up with a fine.

lizie1
Apr 22, 2007

Taxi

Upon arrival to Pisa and you wish to see the Leaning Tower, do not attempt to walk as it is quite far a distance from the station. But of course, if you have time to spare, you can walk... Negotiate with a taxi (abundant at the train station) and the fare is usually 7euro... only 4 people can fit in the taxi as they are compact cars. The ride is about 7-20 mins.

we were able to go up the tower (8 years old and younger cannot go up)... shop, have lunch at a nearby seafood resto, visit the Duomo, Camposanto and a museum across...

We boarded a train from Florence to Pisa at 1030am - and headed back to Florence at 3pm... in time for our siesta...

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maritoni
May 26, 2005

Arriving In Pisa

The driving situation is not any better in Pisa, than the other major cities. Once in town, the signs kept sending us around and around the round about. It was very frustrating. I have read about a public parking area outside Porta Santa Maria, but we missed it. We eventually found a tiny spot on the street, and managed to cram the rental into it. After a 20 minute walk (ask directions), you will see the beautiful Field of Miracles and the Leaning Tower. Definitely worth the trip!

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jag17
Sep 26, 2004
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"More then just the leaning tower"
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"PISA is a lot more than just the leaning tower"
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"Citta con torre ubbriacato"
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"Pisa, gateway to Tuscany"
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"Beautiful Pisa"
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car-trafic is terrible during the day

Leave your car outside the city.
Pisa is a rather small place, but most of the italians use their car and trafic is horrible during the day untill around 09.00 p.m.

Afterwards it is easy to go to the very centre and even find a great parking in walking distance to the leaning tower.( free of charge at night untill 08.00 a.m.)
NObody cares , when you sleep in your motorhome, as I did - BUT of course I always obey the regulations and have a rather small motorhome.

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globetrott
Jun 09, 2004

Topolino!

Well, this tip is not much about how getting to Pisa, but more about this car I've seen once near Piazza dei Miracoli (the main square). This old TOPOLINO was so clean and shiny that I had to take a picture of it! It's beautiful, isn't it?

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Sarita76
Mar 05, 2003

If travelling by car I would...

If travelling by car I would reccomend the parking lot I parked at. It is located just west of the the main tourist area of Pisa (Campo dei Miracoli). They didn't charge much per hour, it is secure, and there was enough space for even my station wagon. If coming from the north then the parking lot will be on your right side.
It's a very small area that really should only be done on foot.

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Packerman
Aug 26, 2002

Things to Do Near Pisa

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Chiesa di San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno - Church

The church of San Paolo was built in 805 and completely rebuilt during the 11th and 12th centuries and re-dedicated by Eugene III in 1148. The marble front facade, in characteristic Pisan style, has...
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Walking

If you're visiting the Field of Miracles coming from the train station then you'll pretty much trip through the Corsa d'Italia. This is Pisa's main thoroughfare and offers a variety of shops,...
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Leaning Tower - Torre Pendente

The Piazza Dei Duomo maybe a Unesco World Heritage site and is really beautifual work of art, but the singular structure that put Pisa on the World Map is the lowly Campanile (Belfry) of the...
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Palazzo Reale

The Palazzo Reale was designed by Bernardo Buontalenti and built between 1583 and 1587 as the summer residence of the Medici family who would often spend time in Pisa when it got too hot to stay in...
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina - Church

Built in 1230 this is one of italy's finest examples of gothic architecture. It sit right along the Arno river in Pisa. Although rather small and simple on the inside, the outside makes this worth a...
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Museo delle Sinopie

located at the southern part of the Piazza Dei Duomo Complex sits the Museo Delle Sinopie, which is a museum dedicated to the Sinopia, which are preparatory drawings used for painting in fresco...
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