We have just returned from a 7 night stay at this lovely very modern hotel as a base to visit the many beautiful Tuscan cities and towns within daily train distance of Pisa.
We used the hotel courtesy transfer 15 minutes from the international airport and arrived at the hotel and were greeted with a friendly smile and service by the reception staff, they were great throughout our stay, very helpful and courteous. We were allocated a lovely room on the 1st floor; the room was very spacious which came with a room safe, modern television along with a king size bed with decent pillows to choose from and a grand bathroom with walk in shower, we were also very impressed with the housekeeping staff who went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our stay.
On our first night we dined in the hotel restaurant and tried out the taster menu which was just an amazing fine dining experience, the food was superb well presented, the chef, restaurant manager and staff were simple outstanding. Although the hotel has a Pizza Restaurant a short walk from the hotel which we tried out on the second night which was also very good, however the convenience to have the hotel restaurant on the door step after a days sight seeing was the one for us with it’s varied Italian menus and fine wine selection, all reasonable priced. The daily continental buffet breakfast is also served in this restaurant with a great choice of both warm and cold dishes to choose from.
The location of this hotel was ideal for us with a frequent bus service from the hotel to Pisa Central Station was just convenient, bus tickets can be purchased from the machine at the main bus stop or from the tobacco kiosk. Once at the station go to the train information office with your list of places to visit and they will give you the train times and prices for your journeys, at the ticket office ask for an open return ticket and before you board the train make sure you VALIDAT your ticket at one of the station/platform ticket machines other wise you will have to pay a fine on the train if you don’t do this.
Pisa with the leaning tower is a must see, which is easily reached on foot from the station just walk along the Corso Italia across the Ponte di Mezzo and head along the Borgo Stretto to the Piazz Dei Miracoli, these streets also have some nice shops, restaurants and coffee bars. We also visited Lucca which along with San Gimignano were our favourite destinations not forgetting Siena and Florence which were all easily reached by train for a day trip. TIP, when visiting Florence take the No 12 bus just outside the station and stay
on the bus to San Miniato al Monte, the views from this church are amazing, then walk down to the two coffee bars and take in the views from there before walking down to the Ponte Vesshio (20 minute down hill walk) across this famous icon you are near to the Galleria deci Uffizi, pre book your tickets in advance and then head off to Piazza della Signoria. We then walked to the Piazza del Duomo and purchased tickets to walk up the Campanile, 414 steps later, the views from the top are breathtaking. We then continued to the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella before heading back to board our return train to Pisa.
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- Also Known As:
- San Ranieri Hotel
- San Ranieri Pisa