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A Day in Pisa - Suggestions for must do/eat/see

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A Day in Pisa - Suggestions for must do/eat/see

Hi. We have a flight from Pisa to Bari at 8 in the evening. We are doing two nights in Florence before leaving to Bari from Pisa. We plan to check-out from our hotel in Florence post breakfast and take a train ride to Pisa. We have read that Pisa Central Station has luggage deposit facility. So we would having roughly 7-8 hours in Pisa. Want suggestions on what should we do? We are okay to visit some beautiful Tuscan place if possible. We are travelling with a one year old and hence do not want the day to be very hectic.

Also do we need to reserve train tickets from Florence to Pisa in advance?

Thanks in Advance

Sharvani

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1. Re: A Day in Pisa - Suggestions for must do/eat/see

You could leave your luggage at Pisa Centrale and then take a train to Lucca for a few hours (25 mins away). It is a beautiful small city and the walls are like a park with kid's play parks and you could hire bikes with a child seat and cycle all around them. Lucca has lots of lovely restaurants and good shops. You could then head back to Pisa, get off at San Rossore station and walk 5 mins and see the tower (you can't climb it with a small child), then take the 20 minute walk back to the station which will take you across the river. Then retrieve your luggage and take the people mover train to the airport.

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Thanks for the suggestion peggypatch. So can we do any wine / cheese tasting activity in Lucca.

Also need to know if we have to reserve the train tickets from Florence to Pisa and Pisa to Lucca (and back) in advance?

Sharvani

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If you have only one day in Pisa just stay there and enjoy it. No need to go anywhere else. There is much more to it than the leaning tower. Check out the top sights online: http://wikitravel.org/en/Pisa

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With a small child you may want to spend some time in the Botanic Gardens which are on one of the streets leading to the Tower and are a few euros to enter. There is also a lovely park-Palazzo Scotti on the station side of the river with a brilliant children's playground.

Don't think you need to reserve on Florence to Pisa as it is regional but you definitely don't need to reserve Pisa to Lucca, it is 7 euro return and takes about 25 minutes and there are 2 trains an hour.

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Yes, no reservations needed on any of these trains.

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A word of warning, there are lots of pick pockets in the area around the Tower. My husband was targeted as we were getting on the bus, fortunately he felt his pocket being 'dipped' and managed to grab his wallet before it was stolen. This would have been a sad, upsetting end to a wonderful holiday.

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Hello all:

Piggybacking on this tread, we have a full day in Pisa and would love some guidance. We don't have luggage and will be arriving into the main station from Certaldo. I love Peggypatch's idea of maybe seeing Lucca. Any suggestions on

- spending the morning in Lucca

- afternoon in Pisa

We will be taking public transportation. Will it be easy to navigate these two places?

Much thanks.

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As Peggypatch says it is only about a 15-20 minute journey from Pisa to Lucca. The station in Lucca is situated just outside the walls of the city but it is a pleasant walk that takes you within the walls, literally. Lots to see and some lovely restaurants, just watch out for bikes they certainly go at speed. I don't know if you have travelled by train in Italy before? They are comfortable and generally run about 10 mins late, the stations are old and many don't have lifts (elevators). We really enjoyed using them and the scenery was stunning. Just remember to validate your ticket before getting on the train. Enjoy

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Thank you so much! That was very helpful. We love the trains in Italy. And after being fined 5 euros for not validating, I can attest to the importance of that ritual. Off to Pisa and Lucca!

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If you want to climb the Tower, the 18 Euro ticket is time sensitive and capacity controlled www.opapisa.it

This link has more information on Pisa: discovertuscany.com/pisa/one-day-itinerary.h…

Lucca is lovely, many of the shop close mid afternoon.

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