For those who decide to reach Tuscany by plane, the region offers two international airports that are very close to the historic centers of two of the most famous art cities in the world.
The Amerigo Vespucci Airport is located in Florence, just 4 km from the historic city center, and offers numerous daily connections to the most important European cities.
The airport is well serviced by public transport: the T2 line of the tramway connects the airport with Piazza dell'Unità in 20 minutes, next to the Santa Maria Novella station. The "Vola in bus" service connects the airport with the train station every 30 minutes, 7 days a week. If you opt for a taxi, consider that there are fixed fares for the journey to the city center.
All the details can be found on the website aeroporto.firenze.it/en/
Galileo Galilei Airport, situated 1 km from Pisa central station, is among the 10 most important airports in Italy for passenger traffic and boasts a huge variety of national and international connections.
For those arriving or departing from Pisa, the Pisa Mover shuttle connects the airport directly to the train station every 5/8 minutes. There are also bus services between the airport and the cities of Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Viareggio, Pietrasanta, Montecatini and Lucca.
All the details can be found on the site pisa-airport.com/en/
Not only will you find restaurants and shops, but there are also spaces equipped for those who have to spend many hours waiting for flights: in the VIP lounges, passengers will find workstations as well as self-service open bars. The services offered by Toscana Aeroporti, the company that manages the two Tuscan airports, also include safe and convenient car parks for short and long stays, with the possibility of online booking: 4 car parks in Pisa and 2 in Florence. In addition, it's possible to rent a car from both airports and set out to discover every part of Tuscany.
Regardless of your final destination, if one of the Tuscan airports is your point of arrival, departure or stopover, and you have a few hours available, their proximity to the historic centers of Florence and Pisa is a wonderful opportunity to visit.
The historic center of Florence is recognized as a UNESCO site and boasts a strong concentration of works of art. In just a few steps from the central station, you can reach the Novecento Museum dedicated to Italian art of the 20th and 21st centuries and the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, one of the most important churches in Florence and a treasure chest of masterpieces by Masaccio, Giotto, Botticelli and Filippo Lippi. In just a few minutes from there, you can reach Piazza Duomo and the thrilling glimpse of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and Giotto's bell tower.
In Pisa, after a short walk from the central station, you will find yourself in front of Tutto Mondo, the mural by Keith Haring that was painted in 1989 on the external wall of the rectory of the Church of Sant'Antonio Abate. Continuing along Corso Italia, one of the main shopping streets in the city, you reach the most important bridge in Pisa: Ponte di Mezzo. A few meters away from there, you'll find the Palazzo Blu museum, while just 1 km away is Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO protected site and home to four medieval architectural masterpieces: the Cathedral, Baptistery, Camposanto and the Bell Tower known as the Leaning Tower.