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Train The train takes about an hour and a half from Florence to Siena and runs frequently every day. If you're coming from Pisa you may have to change trains at Empoli.The train from Roma is a bit more awkward and not as frequent: you have to change trains in Chiusi.

The Siena train station is about 1.5 kms from the historic center of the city. The walk is pretty much all uphill.

You can order your tickets online, pay by credit card and pick them up at electronic ticket machines in the larger cities such as Rome, Milan and Florence

Bus One of the fastest and easiest ways to travel around Tuscany, and particularly between Rome and Siena or Florence and Siena is by bus. The SITA bus station is just around the corner from the train station in Florence. SITA buses to and from Siena take just under an hour, run frequently, and lets you off in Siena's historic city center. Make sure you take the"rapide (express) and not the ordinarie (stops in Poggibonsi and Colle Val d'Elsa.)

Car Getting to Siena by car takes about two hours from Rome or forty-five minutes from Florence. It's what to do with your car once you've gotten there that presents the greatest challenge. Remember that auto traffic is strictly limited inside the city walls so unless you have special authorization from your hotel be prepared to park outside. Parking near the city walls has become quite challenging for locals and tourists alike. Most parking is metered. Here is a useful article on parking in Siena with a list of the parking lots around the walls and even free parking areas where you can leave your car.

There is a free parking lot next to the fortezza and a pay lot on the other side of the fortezza next to the La Lizza Park; there is also a pay lot nearby at the nearby soccer stadium. Note however that these pay lots are unavailable on market Wednesdays and soccer Sundays. Parking along the street next to the fortezza is free, although parking down some of the side streets is metered. Check first.

There is a pay parking lot at Porta Tufi (signposted "Il Campo Parking"), a 15-20 minute walk to the Piazza del Campo. There's another pay lot at Porta San Marco (southeastern part of the city), as well as metered parking on the street leading into Porta Romana (southwestern part of the city) and a parking garage by Porta Ovile (also metered).

By air: The Galileo Galilei international airport Galilei Airport (Airline ticket office 050/849404; flight information 050-500707) is about 2 km from the centre of Pisa and is linked to the city centre by bus and train.

By road: You approach Pisa on the A12 Genoa-Rosignano road (Pisa North or Centre exits) or on the A11 Florence-Pisa North road. There are also fast connections on the S.G.C. Florence-Pisa-Livorno road and on the Aurelian motorway.

By train: The station at Pisa has direct links with Rome, Naples, Turin, Milan, Florence and Nice.

How to get around On foot You can visit the old centre of Pisa on foot or in a little horse-drawn carriage, with tours starting from the Piazza dei Miracoli.

By car About car parks, we would mention two – the one in Via del Brennero and another in Via di Pratale, both in the north, both free, with a shuttle bus service into the old centre.

By bus The local transport system has frequent bus services; tickets can be bought from authorised ticket offices, ticket machines and certain shops.

Emergency and public utilities numbers Emergencies: 113 Carabinieri: 112 Fire Department: 115 Doctor on Call: 118 Highway Assistance: 116 Urban Police: 050-501444 Taxi: Airport, 050-28542; Duomo, 050-561878; Railroad Station, 050-41252; Radio-Taxi Cisanello, 050-541600

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