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Pisa is forever associated with an architectural blunder. But the Leaning Tower is far from all this Italian city offers those who snap up cheap flights. The city itself offers an ideal base for exploring Italy’s eastern coast from, to launch forays into the Renaissance wonders of Siena or Florence, and even a s a cheap option for securing a low-priced air fare to Slovenia, the border of which sits just a few miles from Pisa’s airport.
Pisa’s Mediterranean climate gifts it with comfortable and pleasant temperatures throughout most of the year.
Inevitably flights from the UK to Pisa tend to rise in price during the busy summer holiday period, but Pisa’s obliging weather means that visits outside of this time will not leave you wanting the sun you seek.
During the summer the attractions of Pisa, particularly its iconic Leaning Tower, tend to get very crowded, so visits outside of this time will not only save you a few pounds but offer you a lot more elbow room too.
December through to February is the coolest time of Pisa’s year. At this time the temperature ranges from 3oC to 12oC. The cooler days and nights are accompanied by a good chance of rain but, looking on the sunny side, there are plenty of bargain flights to Pisa to be found.
Probably the best bet for good weather and a low-cost airline ticket to Pisa are the shoulder months of spring and autumn. These are March through May and September through November. Although the weather will be warm this is also when the most rain in Pisa falls during these months: pack your brolly.
Whichever season you choose to visit Pisa in, Expedia can help you find the best deals on flight prices.
It’s a good idea to compare prices from other departure points near you to see if they are lower than your chosen airport’s. Click on ‘Nearby airports’ to compare the cost of flights to Pisa from other airports.
If you are flying from the capital, using an ‘All London airports’ search, rather than a single one, will return more results – with more chances of finding a bargain.
If you do not have set dates for your travel to Pisa you can select ‘Show flexible dates’ when your flight results are returned. This allows you to review the flight prices across a range of different dates.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Pisa are:
Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport is also known as Pisa-San Giusto Airport. It is located in the San Giusto district, just about half a mile south of Pisa’s city centre.
Car hire is available from the airport if you are using Pisa as a base to explore Italy or neighbouring Slovenia. Taxis are also easy to catch and will whisk you into the city centre in no time at all.
If you do not wish to hire a car but are looking to travel onwards to explore Tuscany there are many other transport options available to you.
From Pisa Central Railway Station you can reach any destination on the Italian network. A shuttle bus from the airport runs every 10 minutes and takes just eight minutes to get here.
There is also a good bus network running from the airport to destinations such as Florence, Siena, Lucca and Viareggio.
Airlines offering direct flights to Pisa from the UK include:
The famed Leaning Tower in Piazza del Duomo isn't the only slanting building in Pisa. Check out the bell towers of San Nicola Church and the Church of San Michele of Scalzi for more architectural fails.
Pisa’s Botanical Gardens are one of the oldest of their kind in Europe. Established in 1543 by Luca Ghini, they are open Monday through Saturday.
If you are visiting Pisa to explore Tuscany you’ll find rolling Tuscan hills that are perfect for cycling or walking in and you can easily reach the medieval town of Pistoia, the Renaissance marvels of Florence and Sienna’s captivating centre.
The Luminara of San Ranieri festival celebrates the city’s patron saint. On June 16th all of Pisa’s riverside buildings are decorated with candles. Reflected in the River Arno the effect is enhanced by a midnight firework display over the citadel.