|The Leaning Tower of Pisa|
In the end, I decided not to bog myself down with too much travel and settled for a day trip to both Pisa and Florence.
I began the day bright and early and headed to Rome's Termini Railway Station. There, I bought my high-speed train tickets from the counter. It cost me €43.00 (Editor's Note: At that time, I thought the price was alright and pretty fair. On hindsight, I'm pretty sure I could get it for about 30% cheaper if I had planned ahead and got the tickets earlier. Remember, instant or last minute tickets will often cost a bomb)
My train departed at 8.20am towards Milan. Typically this journey will take about 1.5 hours. Since I was heading for Pisa first, I had to take another train from Firenze SMN. This time, it was a regional train and it cost €7.90 and the journey is about an hour.
Now, there's actually 2 ways to get to the Leaning Tower of Pisa by train:
From Firenze SMN, take the regional train to Pisa Centrale. Upon reaching the station, take the exit and cross the road to a bus stop near a building housing Hotel NH. I practically did zero research on how to get to the Leaning Tower, so I had to ask around if there are buses that will take people there. Apparently, there is a free shuttle. And because it is free, it is often full. This bus ride will take about 15 min. Buses comes at intervals, so be prepared to wait. This was what I did.
As I am writing this down, I was also looking up on the website if there was a better way (a very belated research). If I could go back in time, I would probably take this option. Instead of stopping at Pisa Centrale, stop at Pisa San Rossore. From there, it is just a matter of walking over to the Leaning Tower in about 15 min. This is not tried and tested by me, but I would go for this option, as on paper, it looks like something that works for me.
|Train ticket machines|
|Departure Board - Mine is Train AV9514, heading towards Milan|
|The TrainItalia train that I took to Firenze SMN|
|Hard Rock Cafe, Florence|
- Photo Credit: www.hardrock.com
|The pretty massive Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore|
|Carousel at Piazza del Repubblica|
|Replica of David|
|The Double Rainbow|
|Walking along Ponte Vecchio|
|Firenze SMN Railway Station|
|Train back to Rome going at 246 km/h|