You have various transport options if you are travelling to and getting around in the beautiful Italian region of Tuscany.
Travelling to Tuscany
If you are flying to Italy for a Tuscan holiday, then you have four airports you can fly to.
The international airport of Rome has the most international connections, but is not located close to major Tuscan cities like Pisa and Florence. It is approximately a three hour drive from the airport in Rome to these cities. The airport is officially called Leonardo da Vinci, but it is in Italy better known by Fiumicino airport.
Bologna also has an international airport, called Guglielmo Marconi Airport. It is smaller than the airport in Rome. It will take you around 90 minutes to go by train or car from Bologna airport to Florence.
Major European airlines as well as lost cost airlines fly to airport of Pisa, which is about one hour away from Florence. Galileo Galilei airport is also well placed to travel to the west and north of the Tuscan region.
Florence airport is the best entry point for the capital of the Tuscan region and for travelling to the central and eastern parts of the region. However, Amerigo Vespucci is a small airport, which means that only a limited amount of airlines are flying to this airport in Florence.
The main train station in Florence is Santa Maria Novella, which is located in the heart of the Tuscan capital. The train station in Florence has direct rail links with other major European cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
Low cost bus companies, like for instance Eurolines, travel on a daily basis from all major European cities to Florence.
Getting around in Tuscany
Although you can see all the hotspots in the Tuscan region by bus or by train, the best way to travel in Tuscany is by car. You will need a full driver's license to drive in Italy and a copy of your driver's license also needs to be translated into Italian. You can get these translations at Italian State Tourist Offices or driving organizations like AAA.
Tourists with a pink European Union driver's license can use their license in Italy without translation.
You will find at the airports as well as in the cities all major car rental firms. The Italian word for car rental is Autonoleggio. To rent a car in Italy, you need to be over 21 and possess a full driver's license as described above.
There are quick rail connections between a lot of Tuscan cities and towns. You can buy your rail tickets at stations or for short journeys at newspaper kiosks. Make sure to validate your ticket by inserting it in the yellow ticket machines, otherwise you will get a huge fine from a ticket inspector!
To get around in a Tuscan city or town, you should take an autobus. Pullman or Corriere buses are inter-town buses that link the centers of major cities like Florence, Siena and Pisa. Bus services are reliable and cheap and depart most of the time from the town's major square. Florence has a bus terminal where all bus services leave from.