2007-07-02

Parking in Tuscan towns

Lucca

(From Knowital) It is possible to park in the centre of town, but many areas are closed to non-resident traffic and you may have a long wait for a parking space. Why not park in one of the free 'edge of town' car parks on Lucca's north side and take one of the small electric buses into town? You'll find two large car parks on Via delle Tagliate (near the sports stadium) and Via del Cimitero (near the cemetery); there is also one further round the 'ring road' towards the railway station. Bus tickets (for the navetta) may be bought at most bars or on the bus itself.

Pisa

(From Slow Travel) There are many pay parking lots throughout Pisa but there are also two huge Park and Ride parking lots, where you can park your car for free and either walk to the City Centre or go by city bus. The park and ride parking lots are north and northeast of the Leaning Tower.

Street parking is indicated by stripes painted on the road. In general, blue stripes are pay parking (from 0.50 to 2.00 euros per hour depending on the area). White stripes are free parking but in the city centre they are almost non-existent. Yellow stripes represent reserved parking for the disabled, buses, delivery vehicles, etc. depending on the signs posted by the stripes. It is best not to park in a yellow space.

San Gimignano

(From Voyage Europe) The parking in San Gimignano is all round the historic centre (access to the historic centre is for residents only). Most of the public parking is in pay car parks. These charge by the hour and are quite expensive. There is free car parking on the outskirts of the town. You will need to watch the signs carefully as parking is restricted or not allowed at certain times (e.g road cleaning, local markets, school pick up times etc).

Siena

(From Frommers) Trying to drive into the one-way and pedestrian-zoned centre isn't worth the massive headache. Siena parking is now coordinated, and all the lots charge 1.50€ per hour. All are well signposted, with locations just inside city gates' Porta Tufi (the huge and popular Il Campo lot, though it's a 20-min. walk from the Campo!), Porta San Marco, and Porta Romana; under the Fortezza (another large lot) and around La Lizza park (the latter closed market Wed and soccer Sun); and at Piazza Amendola (just outside the northern gate Porta Camollia). You can park for free a bit farther away around the unguarded back (northwest) side of the Fortezza all week long. There's also free parking outside the southeast end of town at Due Ponti (beyond Porta Pispini) and Coroncina (beyond Porta Romana); from both you can get a pollicino (minibus) into the centre.