Tuscany
International flights land in Florence’s Aeroporto di Firenze (FLR), located about 2.5 miles west of the city center, and Pisa International Airport (PSR), also known as Galileo Galilei Airport and set less than a mile from town. No direct flights are available from the United States, but North American travelers can connect through an array of European hubs, including London, Paris, and Amsterdam. Taxis and bus services are available at both airports. Once in town, buses are the easiest way to get around, but note that many of the historic centers are pedestrian-only. Trains are also a dependable option, with regular services available between Florence and major spots like Pisa, Lucca, and Arezzo. The bus is more convenient between Florence and Siena, and to reach hilltop towns like San Gimignano and Volterra. But to really explore Tuscany, renting a car is best; many of the international rental companies, including Hertz, Avis, and Dollar, have offices at the airports and in town, but make sure to request automatic transmissions in advance.