4nt Pisa and Florence April City Break – £172pp incl. Flights

Pisa is just under an hour and half away from Florence, that’s roughly the equivalent of Liverpool-Leeds. Given that you’ve traveled 900 miles, it seems like madness not to travel another 50 to add this amazing city to your trip.

The cheapest deal available as stated here is £172pp, but if you want to guarantee 80%+ guest ratings with 4* hotels (with breakfast included) – you can spend 2 nights in Florence, then 2 nights in Pisa with flights for as a little as £222 per person. See hotels / flights below.

Pisa

Everybody knows the Leaning Tower – it is instantly recognisable. You’ve probably seen somebody pretend to hold it up too. The tower is situated in Piazza dei Miracoliv (previously known as Pizza del Duomo), and is nestled between three other brilliantly white structures; including the Camposanto (graveyard), the Baptristy and the Cathedral.

You can walk up the 297 to the top of the tower for as little as €16 – but to guarantee entrance you must pre-book! Up to 4 weeks ahead here, or months ahead here.

Pisa is much more than Pizza dei Miracoliv though, with a thriving student culture and access to the some of the regions best culinary resources it’s a perfect opportunity to explore.

Recommendations include:

 

Florence

Florence, is the birthplace of the Renaissance and boasts spectacular masterpieces of both art and architecture. Home to Michaelangelo’s Statue of David in the amazing Galleria dell’Accademia, while the Uffizi Gallery exhibits even more wonders such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”eros-the-birth-of-venus-boticelli

Stroll along the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge, and visit one of the many cafés for a traditional Italian coffee.

With so much on offer, scour the web for a free city guide or purchase Lonely Planet’s Tuscany / Florence guidebooks.

Travelling to Florence

There a number of ways to travel to/from Florence. You could do it in a day, or alternatively spend a night in this stunning city. Why rewrite what a local can tell you?

 

How can I go from Pisa airport to Florence?

There are three affordable ways.

  1. By train from Pisa Aeroporto. Pisa airport has a small train station (Pisa Aeroporto) right by the departures area. When you arrive at the airport, you can buy train tickets from a kiosk to the right of the arrivals gate and then you have to walk to the opposite end of the terminal. As an alternative, you can buy your ticket from the automatic machine on the platform and you won’t have to pay the agency fees that the kiosk at the arrivals area charges. The train ride costs 7,10 euros (8,10 euros if you buy the ticket at the office in the arrivals hall – thanks Veronica for pointing this out!).
    The first train from Pisa airport to Florence Santa Maria Novella leaves at 6:53 am, the next one leaves at 9:53 am and then there is one every 2 hours until 7:53 pm (most of them leaving at 03′ of every odd hour). If you take either the 8:18 pm or the 9:03 pm train, you will have to change at Pisa Centrale. The last (direct) train from Pisa leaves at 10:20 pm. The ride to Florence lasts 57 minutes, except for the last three trains which take 1h 30 minutes. You can see the official Ferrovie dello Stato website for the schedule and fares)
  2. By train from Pisa Centrale. The trains mentioned in #1 are not the only trains connecting Pisa and Florence.Trains leave every 20 minutes from the Central Train Station (Pisa Centrale). So, if you happen to land in between trains from Pisa Aeroporto and you don’t feel like waiting for 2 or 3 hours for the next train, exit the terminal and get on the city bus LAM Rossa that stops right in front of the arrivals area. It will take you to the central train station in 5 minutes (literally). There you can get on the next train to Florence. The last train is still at 10:30 pm. The train ride costs 7,10 euros, the bus ride costs 1 euro.
  3. By bus. Terravision buses leave from outside the arrivals area and can take you to Florence Santa Maria Novella (the central train station, right downtown) in 70 minutes for 10 euros. If you buy the return ticket, the fare is now 10 euros and not 16 euros as it used to be; the price is 6 euro for oneway ticket and there is a special price for tickets bought online (4,99 euro for one way tickets)…. Buses run between 8:40 am and 12:20 am, so for late flights this is the only option. Since June 13 2011 a new busline has also been operating. It’s called Autostradale and offers one way tickets from 9.50 euros per person and round tickets for 15.50 euros. On the Pisa airport website you can find schedules and prices for both these companies.

Then of course there are taxis and they usually charge approx. 130 euros. Here is the official website for the taxi company in Pisa called CO.TA.PI. And last but not least, there are many car rental agencies and some of them offer transfer services in minivans with driver for groups of up to 7 people.

— Taken from A Home in Tuscany

Flights

How could you say no to £50 return per person? It costs more to go to London on the train…

Flights - LPL-PISA return

Sadly, I can’t link direct to the exact RyanAir flights, but you can add the locations and dates here.

Hotels

There are dozens of value hotels in both Pisa and Florence, these are a few hand-picked options which are all centrally based for your trip.

Pisa Hotels

NH Pisa (4*) – £293  for 4-nights
With 100 smoke-free guest rooms, this large hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, multi-lingual staff and it’s own bar / lounge. Situated in the heart of pisa, it’s just over a mile from the Leaning Tower and in walking distance of attractions such as Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo and Knight’s Square. Breakfast and free wi-fi included.

Residence Antiche Navi Pisane – £318 for 4-nights
With only 11 rooms, this is a much more friendly atmosphere. The hotel boasts nice touches like Frette Italian sheets, premium bedding, and slippers are offered up in all apartments. Breakfast buffet and free wi-fi included.

Due Borghi B&B – £239 for 4-nights
This central B&B is within a 10-minute walk of Knight’s Square and Pisa Royal Palace, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and Museo Nazionale di S. Matteo. You’ll have free perks like breakfast and WiFi. Again this is a small hotel with just six rooms in total.

4nts in 4* Hotels for £222pp – (2nt Florence, 2nt Pisa)

25th April – Fly into Pisa from Liverpool, and take the train/coach to Florence. Check-in to San Gallo Palace Hotel (£189).

*Upgrade to C-Hotels The Style Florence for an additional £14 total for a more central location. 

27th April – Check out of San Gallo Palace Hotel and make your way back to Pisa. Check in to NH Pisa (£155) which is located right by Pisa Centrale.

29th April – Fly back to Liverpool.

Florence

C-Hotels The Style Florence (4*) – £345 for 4 nights
This hotel puts you in a great location, within just a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum and Battistero di San Giovanni. You’ll have free perks like breakfast and WiFi. The hotel has 43 rooms in total, and free newspapers available daily in reception. It has an average customer rating of 84%; scoring particularly high on it’s location, cleanliness and on-site bar.

San Gallo Palace Hotel (4*) – £341 for 4 nights
With 56 guestrooms, the hotel offers a 24 hour front desk, terrace, garden and a local shuttle service. There is free access the fitness centre and an on-site bar. This is slightly outside the main centre, but still in easy distance of tourist attractions such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (1 mi), Ponte Vecchio (1.3 mi), San Lorenzo Church (0.8 mi) and
Battistero di San Giovanni (1 mi).

Hotel Panorama (3*) – £226 for 4 nights
Hotel Panorama, true to its name offers a beautiful rooftop terrace with views of the city. You can grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/café or wind down at the end of the day with a drink from the bar/lounge. There are 37 rooms in total, and 24-hour front desk. The hotel is based in San Lorenzo, and is less than a mile away from Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Academy Gallery, San Lorenzo Church, Battistero di San Giovanni and Ponte Vecchio.

 

Cheapest 2nt in Florence, 2nt in Pisa deal – £ 172.00

25th April – Fly into Pisa from Liverpool, and take the train/coach to Florence. Check-in to Hotel Panorama (£108).

27th April – Check out and make your way back to Pisa. Check in to 4Rooms B&B (£136).

29th April – Fly back to Liverpool.

 

Top Tip

 

  1. Fancy reducing your 4nights 4* booking from £222pp down to £204pp by booking through TopCashback. That is a total saving of £36. Even with the cheapest 2-nights in Florence then Pisa option, this will save you £25 on hotel bookings. That is your transport to- and from Florence!
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