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Pisa/Lucca Itinerary - A couple of questions.

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Pisa/Lucca Itinerary - A couple of questions.


My girlfriend and I are landing at Pisa Airport around 11.00 on the 22nd August and will be spending the day in Pisa and Lucca before going onto Florence. Could anyone help me with the following questions:

- We won't be buying tickets for the tower in advance as we don't want to set a key time. However, will we have a fair chance of getting tickets on the day if we go in the evening? We don't mind waiting for a couple of hours till the next available slot, is it nicer/quieter in the evening?

- We want to leave our baggage at Pisa Centrale, is the baggage deposit there safe and reliable? Does it still shut at 9pm?

- We will be going to Lucca by train but coming back to Pisa by bus so we can get dropped off close to the sites. Does anyone know how often buses go from Lucca?

For information, this is our rough itinerary:

11am - Arrive at Pisa Airport, get to Pisa Centrale and drop bags off at the hold.

12pm - Train to Lucca from Pisa Centrale

12pm-4pm(ish) - Browse Lucca

4pm - Bus to Pisa

5pm-8pm(ish) - Tower, Field of Miracles and Dinner

8pm - Go to Pisa Centrale, pick up luggage and travel to Florence via train.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Pisa/Lucca Itinerary - A couple of questions.

Hi Ifordy,

Arriving in Pisa at 11am and trying to do both Lucca and Pisa in a day might be taking on a lot. The weather has been very hot in that part of Italy recently. One day two weeks ago it was 45C at 12.30 in Pisa so bear that in mind. There have been lots of thundery showers as well.

Definitely the evenings are quieter around the tower. You should be able to get tickets easier the tower visit anytime from 6pm onwards. There are two locations where you can get tickets - the office beside the tower is one, but the queues at the ticket office in the museum beside the Baptistry and Duomo are usually shorter. If you have time you should visit either the Duomo or Baptistry as well as they are both very beautiful inside as well.

There are plenty of restaurants between the Piazza dei Miracoli and main town area especially on the Via San Maria but the further from the tower you go the less touristy they become. If you are not too hungry lots of bars in Pisa especially away from the tower do the aperitivo tradition whereby if you by a "pre-dinner" drink you can usually get enough free snacks to eliminate any need for dinner at all. Most of the bars around the Piazza Garibaldi, Via Borgo Stretto and Corso Italia do this. They are on your way back to Centrale station. Centrale is about 1.2/1.5 km from the Tower and an easy walk.

I'm not sure about the left luggage in Pisa but if it's closed sometimes local shops provide such a service in Italy instead.

One tip that might help you you on your travels - The Lucca - Pisa Centrale train stops at Pisa San Rossore station which is about 300m from the Piazza dei Miracoli where the Tower, etc are located. This is an easier option to get from Lucca to the tower but not advertised much.

When you get off the train at platform 2L turn left and at the top of the platform there is a small gate into the PAM supermarket car park. Go along the side of the supermarket beside the underpass to the next junction, turn right and the piazza entrance is just along that road on the left.

Lucca to Pisa San Rossore is about 20 minutes by train and they run about once an hour costing €3 approx one way. A return Pisa - Lucca ticket would permit you to get off at San Rossore.

Lucca itself is very beautiful and a good tip is to hire bikes (if you have the time) and cycle around the top of the city walls !!

Whatever you do, enjoy your trip

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2. Re: Pisa/Lucca Itinerary - A couple of questions.

Many thanks for the detailed reply.

We will look into all your suggestions.

We realise that we are cramming quite a lot in but we haven't got much time in Tuscany.

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