We have looked at car hire in Florence and compared it to nearby Pisa, so there is quite a lot of interplay between these two destinations.
However, your visit to Florence or Pisa may well start off on a very different footing. Although Florence is by far and away the most important destination of the two (Pisa is often labelled as a one-hit wonder even though it clearly isn’t), the main airport for the region is in Pisa, as flights to Florence are limited by the small size of Florence Peretola airport.
This means that many visitors will arrive in Florence by train from other parts of Italy, so we’re largely basing our advice on this.
Conclusion — Do you need a car in Florence? Our long list of reasons not to get a hire car would suggest that there really is no need to get one, but that only tells half the story. Tuscany in particular really is one of Italy’s most scenic rural areas, and this is somewhere that you can really only do justice to by car (or perhaps by bike), so for these reasons we still recommend getting one, even if only for a day or two.
- Bus services in and around Siena, including between Poggibonsi on the Florence – Siena railway and San Gimignano (note – timetables in Italian, only limited information in English)
- Allow around 1 1/2 hours to travel by train between Florence and Siena, and a similar time to travel be train between Pisa or Pisa Airport and Florence.