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Don’t forget to put some money aside for delectable dining, wonderful local wines and visiting some of Italy’s best attractions...
Sometimes the perfect postcard image of a holiday destination doesn’t quite live up to expectations. Tuscany is not one of those places. Hilltop villas bathed in an evening glow of purple, orange and gold… you got it. Neatly groomed vineyards that snake off across the horizon… yes, there are plenty of those. Creamy, dreamy towns that look like they have been hewn from alabaster… it’s all here – just as beautiful as it looks in the brochures. So what are you waiting for? Get those flights to Tuscany booked and experience this stunning part of Italy for yourself.
Tuscany may be famous for its rolling hills and valleys, but there are mountains and beaches here too. The region’s cities, meanwhile, are notable for great artworks and architectural prowess (even if the famous tower does lean a bit). It is at the cities of Pisa and Florence that you will arrive when you fly to Tuscany. Touch down at Pisa International Airport (PSA), formerly known as Galileo Galilei Airport, or Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR). You could also check the price of flights to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). It is in the neighbouring region of Emilia-Romagna, but you can drive between Bologna and Florence in just 75 minutes. So if you are planning to hire a car in Italy then flying into Bologna can prove an agreeable travel option.
Wherever you land, you will not be disappointed by the fine hotels, amazing cuisine and tempting wines offered in this sublime part of Italy.
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This glorious part of Italy enjoys a huge range of daily flight options from the UK, making the two-hour flight an easy journey for Brits to arrange...
Pisa (PSA) is the main gateway. Ryanair flies in from Stansted, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, Prestwick, Edinburgh and East Midlands, while easyJet has services from London Luton and Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester.
British Airways flies from London Heathrow and Gatwick. And Jet2 has services from Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Belfast and East Midlands.
Other options include flying into Florence (FLR) with Meridian from Gatwick, or into nearby Bologna with easyJet or British Airways from Gatwick and with Ryanair from Bristol, Edinburgh, Stansted and Manchester.
Once you have touched down on your flight to Tuscany, do not waste any time getting to your hotel. Find out more…
Getting to and from the airports in Tuscany is relatively easy and cheap.
From Pisa Airport, you can use bus services, trains, a taxi, or a hire car to get into the city with ease. Regular bus services take passengers to destinations such as Pisa, Florence, Siena and Lucca, while the PisaMover Bus service also runs from the airport, whisking visitors to the railway station of Pisa Central in only eight minutes. The PisaMover train service, due to open in December 2015, cuts the journey time to just five minutes. Alternatively, take a taxi. A journey into central Pisa should cost no more than 10 euros, plus a little extra if travelling on a Sunday or late at night. Just make sure the metre is switched on before you set off.
Regular buses run from Florence Airport into the central area of Florence, with a journey time of between 15 and 30 minutes. A fixed-price taxi tariff will highlight a fee of just 20 euros to travel between the airport and the centre of Florence. But with supplements applied for travelling from the airport, luggage, night-time travel and journeys during bank holidays – a family of four might be looking at a closer to 30 euros, not including a tip.
The Appennino Shuttle bus ferries passengers between Bologna Airport and Florence. The journey time is 90 minutes and the cost is around 20 euros per adult.
Car hire in Tuscany, or from Bologna Airport, saves the hassle and cost of airport transfer services. For the best deal, pre-book car hire online before you travel and arrange to collect your vehicle shortly after you land. Find a cheap deal on car hire in Italy with the TravelSupermarket price-comparison tool.
The many charms of Tuscany lure visitors this way and that, from ancient city to bottle green vineyard. Where will you go?
Stay in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower and the handful of other attractions around the Piazza dei Miracoli. While Pisa isn’t packed with obvious tourist sites, the chance to be immersed in real Italian city life (and to taste some of that incredible cuisine) should not be missed. There is no glut of hotels in Pisa so be sure to book early, especially during the hot summer months when tourism peaks.
The same can be said of anywhere in Tuscany – July and August see visitor numbers spike, making advanced booking of hotels in Tuscany vital to secure your preferred accommodation at a reasonable price.
Florence offers a wider choice when it comes to hotels. To be within walking distance of the galleries, museums, and popular attractions such as the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, stay in the historic centre (centro storico). Prices for hotels in Florence are high – splash out and stay in sumptuous palace-style hotels or beautifully styled boutique hotels, or opt for an independent guesthouse.
Elsewhere in Tuscany, in destinations such as Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Montepulciano, you can choose from elegant, luxury hotels and traditional guesthouses – or go for the self-catering option in a typical Tuscan villa.
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