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Travel Tip: Train to Pisa from Florence

Whether you spend a half-day or full day in Pisa, we recommend that you Train to Pisa from Florence. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get there.

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Pisa is quite boring. There, I said it. It is what you were thinking anyway. But luckily, it is very easy to travel by train to Pisa from Florence in half a day. And we still think it is worth a visit just to see the lopsided leaning tower of Pisa.

Leaning tower of Pisa, HDR, Italy

How to get to Pisa from Florence

You have a couple of different options for your own half-day trip to Pisa from Florence depending on how you like to travel. But if you are like us and enjoy travelling around Italy by public transport, then you will definitely want to train to Pisa from Florence.

Train to Pisa from Florence

Florence and Pisa are less than 100 km apart and the easiest way is to train to Pisa from Florence. The entire trip one-way takes approximately an hour depending on your route with no transfers.

Trains leave from Florence S.M.Novella for Pisa Centrale a few times every hour. The closest train station to the leaning tower of Pisa is Pisa San Rossore, but it’s not worth the extra time or transfer required. Pisa itself is small and it takes less than 30 minutes to walk to the leaning tower from Pisa Centrale.

Plus you get to explore more of the city such as the River Arno lined with beautiful stately homes.

Pisa River, train from pisa to florence

If you want to book online then a one-way ticket by train to Pisa from Florence will cost from €7.80 (US$10.40) in 2nd class. It is important to make sure that when you are searching online via the Italian train booking site, Trenitalia, you search for “Firenze” rather than Florence.

The train schedules are very easy to understand so we recommend booking your ticket from the self-service machines on the train platform. The return journey is just as easy in reverse. Just watch that you don’t miss the last train around 10pm most days and carry cash with you for the ticket.

Finally, validate your ticket before boarding the train. We forgot a couple of times but used the typical “I’m a stupid tourist” line to get out of any fines.

Bus to Pisa from Florence

Another option is to catch the bus to Pisa from Florence.

There are two main bus companies, Terravision and Autostradale, run regular buses to and from Pisa Airport and Florence Airport into the Florence city centre, they don’t actually go into Pisa itself. The train to Pisa from Florence is so reliable, fast, and cheap, that you may not want to consider this option.

However, there are some advantages to taking the bus. You will see a lot more scenery from the window of the bus, and it’s definitely cheaper; sometimes you can find fares as low as 4 Euros, especially on Fridays.

Travel Guide to visiting Pisa from Florence

Driving to Pisa from Florence

If you have hired a car or scooter in Tuscany then you might look at driving to Pisa from Florence. However, even though the distance is less than 100km, the trip will still take approximately 1 hour.

Aside from the fact that the train to Pisa from Florence typically takes less time than driving, you also have to avoid the crazy Italian drivers. Not to mention trying to find a carpark in two of the most popular cities in Italy. Impossible.

Travel to Pisa from Florence by train, Leaning tower of Pisa HDR

Guided Tour to Pisa from Florence

If you have been enjoying the sunset in Florence and all the city has to offer then you might want to take in a guided tour to Pisa from Florence. Not only do you get a great guide to learn all about the history of the area, you also don’t have to worry about getting to Pisa from Florence.

You might want to check out this guided tour around Pisa or get a little bit more adventurous and try out a segway tour in Pisa. Perfect for the family and it will keep the kids entertained between stops.

If you have a whole day, and haven’t managed to fit in a hike around Cinque Terre, then we recommend looking into the Pisa and Cinque Terre day tour. Lasting roughly 12 hours, you will travel from Florence to Cinque Terre, with a 2 hour stop in Pisa to see all the main sights.

We also reckon guides help you get the best photos, as they have seen all the poses.

Adela funny jumping Pisa

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Vera

    January 31, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I can NOT imagine that Pisa is boring!! …Have not been there, yet, but, I mean, judging from your pictures alone, there’s more to Pisa than just the tower – it all looks very pretty:) Maybe you could also do a post on the various poses of tourists in front of the tower, then I’d know what I’m doing when I get there… And yeah, by train sounds more than logical, especially for a short trip – so much less hassle. Less hassle is very important. Thanks for the tip:)!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Hahaha I do have a draft post already about taking funny photos. Just need to get around to putting it together sometime 😉 We saw a lot of original photos that would have turned out awesome! Hope you guys visit soon.

  2. Lisa

    January 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks so much for this information; despite living in the Mediterranean I’ve never been to Italy and it’s one of my (many) dreams. I’ve always been 50/50 about Pisa and I’ve heard great things about Florence. You have totally cleared it up for me and I hope I get to go soon…

    • Cole Burmester

      February 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Pisa is definitely just a half-day or one day trip. I am sure the people that live there wouldn’t think so, but when you have time constraints you really don’t need to spend too long there ;p We spent 3 days in Florence and that was about right for us too. Hope you visit Italy soon. It is probably my favourite country so far!

      • lisa

        August 15, 2014 at 5:45 AM

        would it be possible to take a train and take a tour of pisa, florence and a city in cinque terre and back to port of Livorno? unfortunately, we are only there for 12 hours and only wanted to do the quick photo op with the leaning tower, statue of david and then try to head back to the coast and check out cinque terre. i dont want to miss the ship though

      • Catherine Kenyon

        February 4, 2017 at 3:24 AM

        What things would you recommend seeing and doing in Florence?

        thanks,
        Cathy

  3. larkycanuck

    February 1, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    haha. I actually liked Pisa especially of the people posing in front of it. I got lots of funny pics.

  4. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    February 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I did Pisa as a day trip from Florence as well. Can’t remember it being too overly exciting. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Definitely not too exciting but still a good way to kill a few hours! 😉

  5. Alex Gibson

    February 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Thanks for the great tips, I love the picture of you jumping, ver nice 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Adela is way better at those photos than me!

  6. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Great detail to keep travelers from wasting time or money yet still get to see that possibly over-hyped leaning tower in Pisa.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      It was fun to spend a few hours there getting all the silly photos. And not as over-hyped as the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps in Rome in my opinion!

  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    February 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I skipped Pisa and spent several days in Cinque Terre. After reading your story, I feel like I did the right thing!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      We went from Cinque Terre to Pisa then onto Florence 😉 Cinque Terre is definitely the pick out of all 3, but still worthwhile stopping there to get the token photos haha.

      • Paula

        March 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        We were thinking of stopping in Piza on our way from Cinque terra but what do you do with a suitcase (luggage) while you are walking around Piza? This is our only concern. If we stop on our way from Cinque Terra to Florence that will save us a day trip from Florence to Piza. help!!!!

        • Cole Burmester

          March 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

          You should be able to do it at the train stations throughout Europe. That’s what we always did. Not sure about Pisa specifically though sorry!

  8. Outpost Magazine

    February 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Love the article, thanks for sharing.

  9. Dana

    February 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    We are headed to Italy this summer and appreciate your post. And, wow! Those photos look great! I can’t wait!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You are going to love Italy! It is my favourite country so far in Europe 😉

  10. Tina

    February 18, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    It’s really beautiful, Nice shot… I we’re planning to visit Italy this year, and we’re excited about it.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Hope you get the chance to go to Pisa from Florence Tina!

  11. Another Travel Blog

    February 27, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Thank you for this! Your list, links and descriptions are invaluable for less-experienced travelers!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      No problem 🙂 Hope you catch the train to Pisa from Florence soon!

  12. Odette Portelli Taliana

    August 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Italy is awsome! From the south up till the north! So many beautiful places! Still think that pisa is worth a visit!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 18, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      Pisa is definitely worth a day from Florence. Good fun day out 🙂

  13. Karina

    August 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Hi,

    Just want to ask if we can buy the train tickets to Florence from the Pisa Airport on the day we arrive even if we are only heading to Florence the next day. Or is it better to just buy the ticket from Pisa Centrale?

    Beautiful pictures! I’ll be there in Sept with my husband.

    Thanks!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Hi Karina,
      Thanks for checking out our site! You will love Pisa and Florence 🙂
      And yes you can buy train tickets from Pisa Airport. It is much easier, and cheaper, to do it all once you arrive.
      Safe travels,
      Cole

  14. Anahita

    September 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    We want to travel to Italy next week and we decide to visit Rome, Florence, Pizza, Venice and Milan, Thank you for your guidance, I try to fine the best and cheapest way for traveling between these cities

    • Cole Burmester

      September 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      Using trains between the major cities is the best option in Italy. You can just book tickets on the day from the stations and either choose air conditioning or 2nd/3rd class cabins. This time of year should be cool enough.

  15. Salman

    September 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Hi
    Thanks for information- could u please let me know how far is rome from florence?

    • Cole Burmester

      September 18, 2013 at 5:43 AM

      Hi,
      You can travel from Rome to Florence by train in about 90 minutes on high speed train.
      Thanks,
      Cole

  16. Aaron

    September 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Hello Cole

    Great blog very informative am doing parts of italy as we speak and am hoping to head to pisa tomorrow as am in florence but had a few questions?? How much is a ticket onto the premises and to go to the top of the tower roughly. As I know the tower is a scheduled ticket and definately only have half a day as have a tuscan wine tour booked at 2pm so need to be back in florence for around 1:30pm but leaving at 7am. is there any other places worth visiting?? Am an extremely quick walker. Am intrigued to read your blog so will follow it on fb. Having decided this year to do italy and am now here for 2 weeks visiting rome, pompeii, florence/tuscany, pisa and venice Am hoping to do more travelling myself over the next few years and see that your from new zealand which is one of the main places I want to visit.

    Anyway hope I didnt ramble on too much thanks for the post and hope to hear from you soon

    Aaron 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      September 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you in time Aaron! Hope you enjoyed Florence and Pisa though. Very jealous of your trip. Hope you also make it down to New Zealand some time. Happy to show you around if you make it to Tauranga or Wellington!
      Safe travels,
      Cole

  17. evrim

    October 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Thank you so much for the all info about Pisa and of course great photos. I like your blog. We were in Pisa last December.

  18. Larry Aiello - Addicted2Italy

    October 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Hi Cole,
    I love the pictures….I wouldn’t necessarily say that Pisa is boring, although there is not much to see there outside of the Piazza dei Miracoli (where the Leaning Tower is located). And climbing to the top (if you are able-bodied) gives a nice view and changes your perspective of gravity.

    However, it does make a great stop on the way to the Cinque Terre from Florence or vice versa.

    Larry

  19. Maria

    December 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Helooo Cole…

    Thank you so much for your info…

    My family and I will be in Florence on Dec 27-30 and plan to visit Pisa Tower for a few hour ( I agree with you that it might be quite boring to be there for too long…hahaha ).

    Actually we really want to visit Cinque Terre, but we were informed that it won’t be a good idea to go there during winter. What do you think? Do you think it is still worth trying?

    Hope to hear from you soon, thanks.

    Maria

    • Cole Burmester

      December 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Hey Maria,
      Thanks for the message. You will love Cinque Terre but my only concern would be whether or not anything is open. You might want to make sure you have confirmed bookings before you go. The walks are lovely and would be nice when it isn’t in the middle of summer when it is too hot anyway!
      Enjoy it and let me know how you get on.
      Cheers,
      Cole

      • Maria

        December 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        I will let you know, if we finally decide to visit Cinque Terre at the end of this year.

        Thanks for the tips, Cole.

  20. robert mitchell

    February 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    hi
    i am trying to take your advice and travel from florence to pisa for the day
    however i cannot find a train timetable between the two on the trenitalia web site for the date i want to travel which is around 16 may 2014
    any suggestions
    regards robert

    • Cole Burmester

      February 7, 2014 at 4:58 AM

      Hey Robert,
      Thanks for the comment. You need to search for “Firenze” rather than Florence 🙂 It’s the Italian way of spelling it. There are trains every 20 mins at least so you will be fine to book once you get there too.
      Hope that helps and enjoy it!
      Cheers,
      Cole

  21. Jacky

    February 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Hi Cole,

    Thanks for such awesome article. Do you recommend buying the ticket online first or it’s ok to buy the ticket at Firenze station? If the latter, would I need to buy a return ticket at the same time?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 8, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Hey Jacky,
      I would buy it once you are there. Very simple with ticket machines at the stations. Just pop in a day before if you want. Lots of English translations there too 😉 You can buy one-way or return from the machines. They run every half hour so you will be fine.
      Cheers,
      Cole

  22. Michelle

    February 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Hello,
    Thanks for the great post!
    We are travelling to Northern Italy the first week of April this year. We are staying a few nights in Florence. We would like to spend 1/2 day in Pisa on our way to Corniglia in Cinqueterre where we are spending a few nights. It’s clear to me from above that I don’t need to pre-book the Florence -> Pisa train – just buy at the station when we show up. What about the Pisa -> Corniglia train? Is that just as easy to buy at the station or should I pre-book?
    Many thanks! Michelle

    • Cole Burmester

      February 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Hey Michelle! Thanks for your comment. Pretty jealous of your trip. Would love to go back through Italy again.
      We bought all our train tickets at the stations either on the day or a couple of days before. In April everything won’t be too busy either so you should be fine. Just arrive a wee bit early to navigate yourself around the sometimes confusing ticket machines. Oh and make sure you validate every ticket before you board! There are little hole punch machines that do it on that platforms 🙂
      Cheers
      Cole

      • Ruchera Jayawardena

        August 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Hi,

        good blog . thanks a lot. is there a cost /ticket to go near the tower. ?
        thank you
        Ruchera

      • Ruchera Jayawardena

        August 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Hi Cole,

        sorry I could not mention before. but do you actually have to walk 30 minutes to get to the pisa tower ?
        that seems like a long walk. how do you think it will be during Mid December ??
        it must be off season. will we see any views ? or the beauty of the city.
        thnanks
        Ruchera

  23. Jennie

    February 26, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    We are “thinking” of doing both Florence and Pisa in a day. We are traveling from Rome to Florence via train, in the morning, onto Pisa in the afternoon then back to Rome. Any suggestions, when traveling by train to these two cities.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 4, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Hey Jennie,
      Personally I don’t think you will have enough time to do Florence and Pisa in a day. I would schedule at least one night in Florence and stop in at Pisa on your way there from Rome. Florence has so much to see and do and you really need a minimum of a full day there. We had 3!
      Cheers,
      Cole

  24. DIEK

    March 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    HI,

    Really much appreciated ur info, it helps much! If I travel use high speed train from rome to florence via pisa, and we do have big luggages with us and 2 old folks. MAy i know is it possible bring along our luggage via pisa(stop at pisa and signtseeing)then heading to florence. Any ideas with our luggage?

    • Cole Burmester

      March 6, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      Hey Diek,
      Most European train stations have luggage storage for a couple of hours all the way to a couple of days. We didn’t need it as we only carried 35L backpacks for 2 months. Try to cut down on the luggage. Seriously, it’s the biggest mistake all travellers make.
      Enjoy your travels!
      Cheers,
      Cole

      • DIEK

        March 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        thanks Cole,
        do you hv any idea from milan to interlaken – swiss? we r planning but hv no idea how to go there from milan?

        • Cole Burmester

          March 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

          No sorry I can’t help you there! Enjoy 🙂

  25. Ash

    March 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    We are a couple and plan to spend two nights in Cinque Terre. We are visiting Italy and France for 4 weeks which means we are going to have good amount of lugguage. At the moment we have two choices. Could I request you to suggest the best way of doing this taking into consideration in either choice we want to stop by Pisa for few hours before heading into Cinque Terre.

    Choice 1: Florence to Cinque Terre via Pisa– Spend the previous night in Florence, and travel to Pisa in the morning. Spend 3 hours in Pisa and travel to Cinque Terre. After 2 nights the plan is to go to Venice directly.

    Choice 2: Siena to Cinque Terre via Pisa– Spend the previous night in Siena. Travel to PIsa in the morning. Spend 3 hours in PIsa and travel to Cinque Terre. After 2 nights, plan to go to Florence and then to Venice.

    I am trying to work out the logistics, and I read mixed reviews about travelling via car or train to Cinque Terre. Could you please suggest the best choice and the mode of transport between cities. The most important thing is do you know if there is any place in Pisa where we could store the lugguage for a couple of hours whilst we are going around in the town?

    Thanks very much for your help.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Hey Ash,
      Thanks for your questions and it sounds like you have an awesome (rough) plan!
      I can really only comment on choice 1 as that’s basically what we did, but in reverse. Firstly, cut your luggage in half, then half again. Seriously. We travelled with 35L backpacks for 2 months in Italy and Spain and it was the best thing we could do. You will not even use half the stuff you carry. Trust me on this.
      Secondly, now that you have cut down your luggage, I would just travel by train or bus everywhere in Europe. It removes the hassle and stress of navigating and it’s by far the cheapest way to get around. Train is very easy to get to Cinque Terre and they depart every half hour from the station in La Spezia.
      Let me know how you get on anyway!
      Cheers,
      Cole

      • Ash

        March 6, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        Thanks Cole for your advice. Will try and stick to as less lugguage as possible. Will go by choice 1 which appears to be much more easier to travel using public transport.
        Do you know if we can store our lugguage anywhere in Pisa for few hours whilst we are in the town?

        • Cole Burmester

          March 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

          You should be able to do it at the train stations throughout Europe. That’s what we always did. Not sure about Pisa specifically though sorry!

  26. Laurel

    March 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    I see you recommend taking the train from Florence to Pisa. Can you also take a train from Pisa to Lucca and then Lucca back to Florence?

    • Cole Burmester

      March 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Hi Laurel,
      Sorry I’m not sure if you can make it to Lucca or not. I imagine you can though as the train systems in Italy are fantastic!
      Enjoy your travels.
      Cheers,
      Cole

  27. Mary

    June 15, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Hi Cole,
    I am arriving in Pisa around 7pm and hope to do tower that evening and then catch a train to Florence in the morning. Would you recommend that I purchase my ticket on line or is that more expensive? I will be traveling with my 3 young adult children. We are spending one night in Florence – could you suggest the best things to do/see in our short time there – I was thinking of visiting Uffizi the following morning – should I book tickets for that on-line?? We are renting a car from Florence and driving up to Dolomites for a few days hiking – can you suggest any car hire companies?? Also, have you been to Padua and if so, any must-sees?? Many thanks for taking the time to read this, so far your replies to other travelers have been very useful.
    Grazie, Mary in Ireland (have you been here yet?? If not, why not? If you are planning a visit, let me know and I can help you with your itinerary…

  28. Mary

    September 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    How do I get to the Leaning Tower from Pisa central? Is there any public transportation (Lam Rossa?) and how do we get back to Pisa Central? We are going to be there in Sept. I am planning to buy the ticket online since we need to schedule the leaning tower with date and time. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks

  29. Sandra

    February 11, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Will be going to Pisa this end of the month and we will be staying at BHappy Resort because it’s romantic and relaxing!

  30. Andy Van Ouzman

    January 1, 2017 at 12:56 AM

    I have to say I didn’t find Pisa boring at all (although most of historical and interesting sights are located in the Piazza dei Miracoli). When you come up the hill for the first time and see the massive Duomo and all the masses of beautiful brilliant white buildings and walls on every side it is an amazing site. I have travelled to most beautiful and historic cities and towns in the world but for me Piazza dei Miracoli is up there with the best. It has been a few years since I was last in Pisa or Italy but I am so looking forward to returning summer 2017 for a 5 week holiday along with visits to Venice, Soave, Verona, lake Garda, Florence, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and finally Rome.

  31. Dora

    March 6, 2017 at 10:18 PM

    Intersting tips and very helpful guide. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Therie

    April 18, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    The Pisa and Cinque Terre tour sounds great! I’d love a hike along Sentiero Azzurro, but I heard the trail is currently close.

  33. Henry Lim

    April 19, 2017 at 11:16 PM

    I will be on Med Cruise coming July with my wife. I been in Turino, Milano and Venice in the past. This round we only have a day in either to visit Pisa or Florence before to Rome. What would be your advise ? Thanks

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5 European Cities to Visit in the Dead of Winter

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As one of the most polarizing seasons, winter could be termed as both a blessing and a curse by those who like making the most out of nature.

After all, while it brings about the opportunity to build snowmen and to ski on magnificent ice slopes, it also brings a chill to the bone and a desire to never get away from the fireplace.

Don’t forget about the hot chocolate either.

That is why, when it comes to vacationing in winter, it gets quite difficult to choose from a location – especially when the destination is as diverse in climate as Europe. Do you select a place that’s sunny and warm? Or somewhere that lets you enjoy the ice and cold in the best ways possible?

To make that decision easier for you, here are 5 European cities that you could visit in the dead of winter, with the assurance that you would come out of the vacation phase with a smile on your face.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city that is synonymous with sunshine, warmth, and some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture.

The temperature rarely drops below 45 degrees even in the coldest months of the year. While the sunshine remains present amidst the rainy days. This means that you can enjoy the best effects of winter without having to endure the worst of them.

If you happen to be a fan of football, then these effects can be increased by several times. This beautiful city is home to one of the greatest football clubs of all time and with Barcelona FC in contention for a championship virtually every year, odds are you’ll be walking out with a smile on your face after watching a win. Not a bad way to take a break from the beach!

Athens, Greece

While you wouldn’t be able to go to Mount Olympus’ mythical version in this day and age, you can still experience Greece’s magnificence through the beautiful city of Athens.

Like Barcelona, Athens also sees rare drops in temperature while being consistent around 45 degrees throughout the heaviest months in winter. With the architecture that you can experience under the sun, this weather can actually be ideal for an exploratory walk.

And if you are a fan of Greek food, then checking out local restaurants for authentic dishes would only add to the overall experience of your trip.

Venice, Italy

Since Italy is full of some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, it would be quite debatable to say that Venice is the crown jewel of the country in terms of structural beauty.

But it is.

From the way that the city has been designed to the manner that the buildings have been developed, Venice remains a breathtaking sight for anyone who visits it.

That remains true even in the months of winter, where the does drop to around 30 degrees, but still provides the tourists and inhabitants with a way to enjoy the magnificent sights under the sun.

Zugspitze, Germany

Germany is considered to be one of the coldest countries in Europe, but it is a good thing for those who enjoy a bit of snow during their travels.

And for those who do, there are perhaps not many places that are as marvelous as Zugspitze in terms of a memorable winter experience.

With snow covered mountains and a temperature that dances around -14 degrees in winter, you can enjoy an array of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding to your heart’s desire. If you are one to enjoy snow and everything good there is about the season of winter, then Zugspitze is the place to go.

Marseilles, France

While Paris gets quite cold in winter without the weather enhancing any effects of life within the city, Marseille seems to be quite the opposite. The city is as lively in the winter as it is during its busiest days in summer, with plenty to do in adjacent areas.

You may visit the many architectural sites and tourist attractions in Marseilles itself, but you can add to that experience when you choose to visit the Christmas markets in Aix en Provence or Avignon.

With that, the many warm and steamy French soups and bouillon based dishes that you can enjoy in Marseilles only add to the trip. This means that by the time you are done with your visit to Marseilles, you are bound to be fed well, have some goods in your shopping bags, and some memorable pictures in your phone to boot.

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Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris

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According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unless you’re adamant that it’s “Paris or bust”, there are alternatives to this crowded and top-dollar destination you might want to consider – and start saving for your dream trip nonetheless.

Lyon

Lyon has a history of almost two millennia, and it shows: the remains of the Roman settlement Lugdunum, built at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône, are showing to this day. Lyon might not be a capital city – it doesn’t have the size or the population – but its role in the everyday life of France was always important, both as a trade and a cultural hub.

The city has many gorgeous sights to see, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Tour Métallique (a tall TV tower that replicates the top of the Eiffel Tower), among others, covering every age from the birth of the city to its modern times. Plus, it has museums, parks, gardens, and a street art group that has been designated the cultural ambassador for the city. Not to mention its cuisine, the unique and popular Lyonnaise cuisine that has become a worldwide sensation.

Lille

A relatively small city in the north of France, Lille is another charming alternative to a crowded and overpriced Paris. It features many distinct architectural styles, most of them with a clear Flemish influence. Among its landmarks, you find its Cathedral (Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), its Citadel, its palaces, and gardens. Lille is also the place with the biggest flea market in Europe – Braderie de Lille takes place on the first Sunday of September, with millions of attendees and over 10,000 sellers gathering in the streets of the city. It’s a charming, agreeable, and colorful city that will offer its visitors a beautiful experience.

Strasbourg

Last but not least, let us mention a city with a double significance – on one hand, it’s the official seat of the European Parliament, on the other, it’s a wonderful place to visit and a great alternative to an overcrowded Paris.

Strasbourg is a place where French and German architecture mingle in a unique way, with an Old Town filled with timber-framed houses surrounding typical French landmarks and churches. It also has many notable parks, some with historic significance, and almost too many museums for its small size. Plus, it’s a distinctively multicultural city where visitors will find it easy to fit in.

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Let’s Do A Road Trip In Europe Fin

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Its that time of year again. It is the holidays and vacation, mirth and much merriment is upon us. Those of us who are lucky are able to take a few days to a few weeks off for vacation and can enjoy it abroad or do a staycation. A trip abroad is probably preferred, there’s so much to see and do, it would a pity to while the days away in your own hometown.

Get a move on, grab your bags, get a ticket and jump on a plane to Europe. When you get there, rest for a bit and begin your road trip. Nothing beats traveling on the road and taking all the sights that nature has to offer while stopping by at different locations.

Remember, a road trip can be very feasible and pleasant if it is done right. Make sure to have your car inspected, checked and ready to go for a long distance road trip.

You’ll want to make sure that you have your oil checked and your tires as well. Proper tires from suppliers such as Kwik Fit will get you squared away and ready to hit the road.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Grossglockner

One of the top places that you’ll want to go is in Austria. There’s this little spot called Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, this spot is one that is talked about by road trip aficionados of all kinds.

The Grossglockner is the opposite of what it sounds like, it’s not gross at all, it’s quite pleasant actually.  The path will take you through different sights ranging from mountain tops to rivers, to rock formations and more. What’s fun about this place is that you will also be able to have different changes in the road itself, it is not just one straight path but one that is filled with turns and changes to keep you from getting bored.

Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is a place that won’t disappoint, it has food, culture, and history to keep you company. Italy also has beautiful sights all over too. One of the best places to drive through would be the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast has everything you could possibly want, beaches, cliffs, and beautiful fishing villages. The place is not only beautiful in nature but in culture as well. One can check out the Cathedrals, Villa Rufolo, engage in some boat tours for a quick respite from their road trip and also view the Sirenuse from afar.

Portugal – The Estoril Coast

Drive from Italy, pass by countries such as France, Spain and reach the destination of Portugal. You will find the climate and the overall setting over here to be appealing.  On your way to this beautiful place, make sure to check out popular spots such as Lisbon and other prominent locations such as Sintra. The Estoril Coast was home to the nobility of ages past and even to those that we see as nobility today, celebrities, wealthy people and tourists with a couple of euros or dollars to their name stop by this place and immerse themselves in the manmade and natural attractions that this place has to offer.

Don’t Hesitate, Time Stands Still For No One

Time is slipping, check out budget and look into which part of Europe you want to stick to. Make the decision and take the trip, it will be a great refreshment and you will be glad you were able to have the experience. Take a few snapshots and indulge in the experience of #RoadtripsofEurope

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