Getting to Northern Tuscany
The closest international airport is Pisa
with direct scheduled services from the UK via London Gatwick, London
Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham and East Midlands airports as well
as services from many other European cities. There are also regional
services into Florence.
From the UK we recommend crossing Dover-Calais,
either by Ferry or Eurotunnel and then travelling via Belgium and
Luxembourg, re-entering France to the west of Strasbourg. This route
avoids high French motorway tolls until the last 30 miles. Stay
overnight near Strasbourg and the following day enter Germany at
Mulhouse and then into Switzerland, this avoids having to drive
through the city of Basle, which is presently unavoidable if you
enter Switzerland directly from France. To use Swiss roads you will
need a Swiss Motorway carnet, valid for a calendar year. You can
buy these at the border on in advance via the AA/RAC in the UK.
Pass through Switzerland, take the Gottard tunnel through the Alps
and enter Italy near Como. Proceed south, pass Milan using the Tangentiale
ovest, then take the A1 toward Bologna, the A16 towards Viareggio
and then the A11 to Lucca.
Probably for the
enthusiast only. Eurostar from Waterloo to Paris, sleeper or couchette
overnight from Paris Lyon to Pisa. 15 hours +
There is a coach service from London Victoria
coach station to Florence. Probably suitable only if you don't
like flying or travel by train. This is no longer a cheap option
as low-cost airlines are frequently less expensive than this.