My husband and I are stopping in between Florence and La Spezia to climb the tower. We will have one rolling carry-on bag each - so minimal luggage. Can we check this for free somewhere near the tower or do we have to leave it at the train station? We are doing all regional trains and will be getting off at Pisa S. Rossore because I've heard this is closest? Also, I'm planning on making a reservation for climbing the tower. If we get to Pisa S. Rossore at 11:10 - would a 11:45 tower climb time be too tight? If we want to make it out on a train at 12:40, what time should I try to reserve? (This is May 16th - so we are getting very close to our trip!!) Thanks in advance!
I am not aware of a baggage drop off at the tower. Ther is one at Pisa Centrale station (Deposito Bagagli in Italian). I'm also not aware of the existence of a deposito Bagagli at the San Rossore station. As a matter of fact I bet there isn't one. Only main stations (and not even all) provide that service.
Rachel, Do you have Rick's 2013 guidebook? I will be doing the same thing and so far all I found is just the bag drop at Pisa Centrale station. However I do see this in Rick's book pg 550, but someone may have to clarify on this. "You can't take any bags up the Tower, but day bag size lockers are avaialble at the ticket office - show your tower ticket to check a bag. You may check your bag 10 min before you reservation time and must pick it up immediately after your visit." What does day bag size mean? that just like small messenger bags and backpacks or would that say cover a 9x14x22 rick's backpack? or even rolling bag?
Honestly, your best (and safest solution) is just to leave your bags at Pisa Centrale. They have an easy baggage check there - signs are everywhere, just look for "deposito bagagli". A cab ride from there to the Campo dei Miracoli (the area where the duomo and tower are) is roughly 5 Euros. There are a ton of taxis waiting at the front of the station. Just for reference, trenitalia has a handy page listing what services are located in their stations. For the Tuscany region its this page: http://www.fsitaliane.it/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=51e6036c3c4ea110VgnVCM1000003f16f90aRCRD&let=p If you click around you'll find other regions.
We are doing the same thing on May 14th :) I read the comment in Rick's book about the day bag locker and assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that it meant much smaller bags than our carry-on size rollers. We plan to check our bags at the main station unless someone can clarify this.
Yes, I had read that bit about being able to check day-bag sized things. Hmm...still tempted by that. How much does it cost to check your bag at Pisa Centrale?
My 2012 book says it is 3eu to check a bag (for 12 hours) at Pisa Centrale.
I have the 2013 edition and it still has ----(3 euro/bag for 12 hours, daily 6:00-21:00, they photocopy you passport to check ID). as you get off the train, it's to the right at the far end of platform 1, just after the police station. I remember another post on Pisa someone put a little more specific instructions. I searched and found it again here, I see it's dated 2008 so don't know if it's still accurate. "With your back to the station and your front to Track #1, turn left and go down almost to the end of the buildings. Turn left between the last two buildings and walk towards the building in the rear right. You will see a sign that says baggage storage in Italian (which I forget). The staff there will store your baggage behind the counter AND will ask for your passport to photocopy your picture. A piece of paper with your picture will be placed with your luggage. Then, when you return, you have to show your passport to get your luggage back. 3Euros per bag. Works great."
I had to read your post because upon glancing at your title, I was thinking they now offer a way for you to drop your luggage OFF of the Leaning Tower...
Monique, I was thinking the same thing... that Rachel was going to reenact the storied Galileo experiment with her luggage.
Hahaha yes I will be starting a new tourist trap :)
Is that the new Samsonite luggage ad in the making?
Don't try to make the train connections too tight. You may have to wait a few minutes for the luggage check in or check out. There's often only one attendant and if he's on a break, you'll have to wait for his return. Whenever I've checked luggage at train stations, I've only had to shown photo ID, not passport. It's been easier for me to use my driver's license. If you are in a huge hurry, I guess you could take your bags with you, ask the taxi driver to wait for you and take you back to the train. But I would plan to spend a little more time at the campus, the church is lovely and the baptistry is exceptional.