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7 days in Pisa - worth it?

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7 days in Pisa - worth it?

Hi all,

Thinking about going to Pisa (with boyfriend) in mid September for 7 days and wondered if anyone could let us know if they think if this is too long a time?

Planning on staying at the Helvetia (is it any good? we like relatively quite places with nice breakfasts but this place looked in good location).

We plan to go to Lucca and Florence during our stay so we would effectively be based in Pisa.

Any suggestions for other locations to base ourselves or worthwhile day trips from Pisa would be greatly appreciated :)

Thanks, Misha

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1. Re: 7 days in Pisa - worth it?

I'd base in Lucca and enjoy hub-and-spoking to Pisa, Florence and, maybe Bagni di Lucca.

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Another vote for staying in Lucca. If you are there on the evening of September 13th this is when the Luminaria di Santa Croce takes place. The city is illuminated with thousands of candles at night and there is a procession of people, some dressed in their Medieval costumes and the Volto Santo or Holy Face, a wooden crucifix, is carried along the streets through Lucca's historic centre.

mesh

Edited: 10 April 2014, 18:26
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Or hub in Florence if you like a bigger city and love art. I'd lean against Pisa as a base.

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Luca is wonderful to stay in. We are returning this year. Pisa is not very appealing.

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Thanks for the advice, following that, we're now thinking of staying 3 nights in Florence and then 3 in Lucca.

With regards to booking a hotel, a friend of ours who has traveled to Italy a few times believes the best method is find a tourist information centre the day you arrive and ask them to recommend a place to stay.

Do you believe this is method could be applied to Lucca or are the hotels/B&B's normally fully reserved?

Again, any advice on this matter would be very much appreciated!! :)

Thanks

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It's up to you if you're comfortable with not having accommodation booked in advance in a city that you are not familiar with, plus September is still high season. We personally book within a week or two each year after returning from Lucca for next years summer holiday there, but as we always stay in apartments and up to a month at a time we like to make sure we get the accommodation we want.

mesh

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You could also split the 7 nights in 2 nights in Pisa and 5 in Florence. On this forum most people don't like Pisa, but we did, especially in the evening when all the daytrippers are gone. It is a student city with lots of nice bars and restaurants.

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I would book accommodation yourself in advance. September is still very busy and the best places get booked up.

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We stayed in Florence and Lucca last year. Day trip to Pisa...could have seen it in an hour....from Lucca. Went to a wonderful winery for tasting just outside of Lucca. Day trip to Siena from Florence. Went by train from Florence to Lucca. Very easy! Loved both Lucca and Florence!

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10. Re: 7 days in Pisa - worth it?

I also find Pisa convenient as a base when in Italy. The streets around the tower are crazy at daytime, but at night you have the Leaning Tower all by yourself, if you are lucky. And Pisa itself is quite nice when the daytrippers have left. Lively with lots of students, bar scene and plenty of restaurants

I also find public transport excellent from there, charming Lucca and Firenze is already mentioned.

There also possibilities for going to the seaside for a bit of change. Viareggio is only 20 minutes away, and the Cinque Terre village 1,5 hours.

We usually book in advance.Last time we stayed at Hotel Bologna which we quite liked