Arranging your car hire online prior to the actual trip is a sound idea for a handful of reasons
- The fully inclusive price will not be increased
- The complete booking process is done in the comfort of your own home rather than at the arrival airport where you are likely to be accompanied by a frazzled partner and a selection of unruly youngsters
- It's faster at the car hire counter (although you won't believe that if you've stood in the huge queues at Alamo in Miami)
- It guarantees that you receive the model of car that you request
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Clicking on the link below will enable you to obtain car hire quotes from our partners for cheap Florence airport car rental. Pisa (Galileo Galilei) Airport accommodates low cost airlines such as Ryanair for visitors to Florence and its surrounding region of Tuscany. The airport is situated in the south of Pisa and 84 kilometres west of Florence.
Home to the Renaissance, Michaelangelo's David and Brunelleschi's Duomo, Florence is situated in the middle of some of Europe's most stunning countryside, that of the laid back disturbingly beautiful Tuscany. Not surprising therefore that Florence is one of the most visited historic cities in Europe. Amazingly, much of central Florence has survived the ravages of time for the last five hundred years where strolling along one of the narrow alleyways off the River Arno undoubtably feels like a walk back in time. Even Napoleon, who prided himself in causing so much destruction about him, couldn't bring himself to touch the precious streets of Florence.
Florence is famous for its magnificent piazzas, palazzi, gothic churches and above all perhaps for its art collections. Once belonging to rich and important Florentine families, much of what is available to the public today was well preserved within local residences now world- renowned galleries like the Uffizi.
One of the great things about Florence is how easily navigable the central city attractions are thanks to the River Arno and the giant Duomo. Much of central Florence lies in the valley floor of the Arno and is relatively flat allowing an easy stroll from one landmark to another. The more athletic visitor may hope to traverse the steep hills out of the valley onto the outskirts of central Florence. Much of these areas are residential and flanked by high walls protecting the privacy of their tenants but you can still enjoy the warm hues of the buildings amid cypress trees and scowling black cats. Although exhausting, these walks up to the tops of the hills provide some of the best vantage points from which to achieve your exclusive breathtaking camera shot of Florence. The Duomo reaches for the sky as do medieval towers and of course, the Arno, stood as its always stood running along the valley floor. The River Arno has played a vital role in Florentine life over the years including providing transport and a place to wash but today its role is almost completely cosmetic as you admire it from any of the four central bridges. The now heavily touristy Ponte Vecchio dates back to the year 1345 and continues to operate as a place of business. The shops and workshops along the bridge are now mainly jewellers but once were the cause of a terrible stench caused by carcasses and urine prior to the thirteenth century. Leather goods were and continue to be big business in central Florence. Proprietors of the tiny shops along the Ponte Vecchio used to wash their cattle hides in the River Arno while curing them in horse urine until the sixteenth century when these 'vile trades' were banned making room for goldsmiths and more pleasant occupations.
Luckily most of Florence is pedestrianized protecting its many ancient architectural treasures and statues from the pollution and vibrations caused by busy roads. As a result an atmosphere of tranquillity greets you as you walk from one monument to another. You don't have to wander too far though, to experience the ferocious ear splitting roar of Florence's many scooter riders. All of the bridges (apart from the Ponte Vecchio) are noisy, polluted places, which provides added incentive to keep to the narrow alleyways and peaceful inner sanctums of Florence's piazzas.
Where to begin when exploring Florence? There are a number of multi-lingual tour guides around the centre if you prefer this method or merely acquire a guidebook to gain any relevant facts and important data as well as suggestions of routes around town.
Upon arrival in Florence, many people head directly to the Uffizi Gallery. Dating back to the sixteenth century, the Uffizi exhibits many important Byzantine and Renaissance works of that once belonged to the important Medici family. This is where you queue up to enjoy the first hand delights of Botticelli's Allegoria della Primavera and the Nascita di Venere, both considered by many to be the most important paintings in Italy. To avoid the long queues, aim to visit when the gallery opens (at around eight o'clock in the morning) or during lunchtimes when the large tour groups aren't around. The Uffizi is closed on a Monday.
Art lovers are really in their element in Florence at every turn. Complete with some of the most spectacular religious architecture in the world, the city provides elegant fountains, beautiful piazzas and incredibly sculptured statues. At the Piazza della Signoria, Florence's artistic showcase location, there are so many sculptural offerings it is difficult to know which direction to start! Among the many sculptures on display, an exact replica of Michaelangelo's David stands tall and nearby is Donatello's Judith carrying the head of Holofernes (the original is concealed in the closeby Palazzo Vecchio), in the once centre of Florentine civic activity.
Artists and art lovers alike have plenty to discover in Florence including the spectacular Salone dell'Ottocento bursting with brilliant sculptural replicas that students throughout the years honed their skills by copying. The Galleria d'Arte Moderna is housed in the once royal apartments of the Pitti Palace and continues to exhibit art of the highest level from within their grand surroundings. Also situated here are the Museo del Costume, the Museo degli Argenti with its Medici treasures and the Viennese china collection at the Museum delle Porcellane.
The most magnificent of many of Florence's buildings is that of the Duomo or the Cathedral de Santa Maria del Fiore. The Duomo's cupola, (a fete of modern construction at the time), was designed by Brunelleschi in the fifteenth century. The cathedral itself, resplendent in pink, green and white marble completely dominates the piazza del Duomo and is a breathtaking vision every time. The interior of the cupola is equally as stunning as its exterior. Bursting with intricately painted frescoes, the inside of the cupola purveys to its onlookers an image of heaven. As well as beautiful, the cathedral is particularly useful for lost sightseers. Thanks to the height of the bell tower, designed by Giotto in 1334 it is particularly easy to navigate your way round the centre of Florence.
If you enjoy a bargain, Florence can offer you a number of really good markets selling clothes, food and souvenirs at the San Lorenzo market along with the �studenty� quarter of San Marco offering reasonable snacks as well as one of the loveliest piazzas in Florence, the Santissimi Annunziata.
Tuscany is famous for its beautiful hilly landscape, leaning towers and sunshine. The region is additionally famed for its medieval cities, in particular its capital, Florence. Comprised of some enchanting Tuscan towns like Chianti and Arrezzo, there is quite a lot to discover and see beyond the tourist hot spots. The big tourist hotspots outside of Florence include that of the leaning towers of Pisa. Like Florence, Pisa is situated on the River Arno and sits within its medieval walls. As well as its Romanesque Cathedral, Site of Miracles and Baptistery, the seven tiered leaning tower are the few and far between sights at Pisa. Unlike its neighbour Florence, Pisa has fewer crowds to struggle through and has much more of a low profile.
Siena has more of a busier tourist concentration with its medieval architecture such as the Palazzo Pubblico, the Torre del Mangia and its Basilica di San Domenico. Surrounded by olive fields and located on three hills, Siena is a city of significant historic importance. Many battles were fought here of all the most important was that of the Battle of Montaperti against Florence which Siena won.
Chianti lies in an unspoilt region of Tuscany and is particularly favoured by visitors for its excellent food and wine. Offering plenty of opportunities for excellent wine tasting as well as its outstanding natural beauty, Chianti is an experience you can�t pass up.
The ever-popular sixteenth century walled town of Lucca offers many examples of religious architecture, its indestructible ramparts and a celebration of its famous musical descendant, Giacomo Puccini.
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Pisa (Galileo Galilei) Airport
Accommodates low cost airlines such as Ryanair for visitors to Florence and its surrounding region of Tuscany. The airport is situated in the south of Pisa and 84 kilometres west of Florence.
By car, take the Firenze-Pisa-Livorno dual carriageway to the west of the city or take the A11 motorway.
There is a direct train service to Florence�s Santa Maria Novella station lasting about an hour and running every hour. The single fare is Euro 4.40 (GBP 3.00).
By coach there is a dedicated airport transfer service leaving the airport every hour, every day. Tickets are purchased at the Pisa Airport Information Desk and cost Euro 7.5 (GBP 5.12).