Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.

 

London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

 

The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 

 

- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 

 

Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:

 

Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.

 

Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.

 

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.

 

As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Tuscany's rolling hills are sewn with cypress trees, lush vines and olive groves, making way here and there for sleepy villages and medieval hill towns. The area rests languidly in the middle of the Italian peninsula, with parts stretching to the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Meandering through the Tuscan landscape from Florence to Pisa and soaking its thirsty banks is the Arno River.

    Akin to the gentle flow of a river is the ebb of life in the region, with people working the fields in much the same way as their ancestors did before them, producing some of Italy's finest wines and olive oils. From this same landscape emerges a profusion of art and architecture that has grafted Italy onto the world's cultural map. Tuscany was the birthplace of the Renaissance, a period of unprecedented innovation in art, architecture and humanist scholarship. The grandeur of the High Renaissance was enjoyed during the Medici family's reign, when they commissioned the art and architecture that lives on within the elegant precincts of Florence.

    Florence is one of the most popular cities in Italy for tourists, and is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's a dreamy destination made up of cobbled streets, picturesque piazzas and a wealth of Renaissance art and architecture, boasting some of the best galleries and museums in Italy. It's also a conspicuously Tuscan city, with all the sleepy charm of the region and many worthwhile excursions into the countryside.

    Etruscan Sites

    Attracted by the mineral wealth found in the regions of Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria, the Etruscans made their way to Italy around 900 BC. They were preoccupied with the afterlife, dedicating much effort to carving burial sites into rock or constructing them out of stone slabs and filling them with artefacts.

    The Museo Civico Archeologico in Grosseto contains a selection of Etruscan artefacts found in nearby tombs, while the most important excavated Etruscan and Roman remains in Tuscany are in Roselle. At Saturnia, explore rock-cut tombs, while the famous Tomb of Ildebrando is found in the Necropolis of Sovana.

    The town of Pitigliano is peppered with Etruscan tombs and tunnels. The town itself is a spectacular vista of houses jutting out over soft limestone cliffs and caves bordering the River Lente. From this quaint town, head to the extensive necropolis on the outskirts of Marsiliana. Finish at Talamone and Maremma, for visits to the Etruscan temple, Roman villa and baths.

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    Chianti Region

    A circular route from Siena through the Chianti Region provides visitors to Tuscany with a wonderfully scenic and sensory travel experience. The route covers the villages of the Chianti Classico wine region, garnished with ancient castles and rambling farmhouses. The vineyards and wooded hills are best explored along its winding back roads or from within its sleepy hamlets. The first stop is at Castello di Brolio, a magnificent vineyard owned by the Ricasoli family since 1167. The SS484 will go south of Brolio and north past the hamlets of San Gusme, Campi and Linari, before a diversion to the Meleto Castle. Another worthwhile stop is at Badia a Coltibuono, for its restaurant and Romanesque church. The winding road west to Radda, in Chianti, is especially picturesque. A further nine miles (15km) from here is the delightful hamlet of Volapia and Castellina. Within the ramparts of this walled village is the Bottega del Vino Galla Nero, at Via della Rocca 13, showcasing the region's delectable wines and olive oils.

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    Montepulciano

    Montepulciano is Tuscany's highest hilltop town, built along a narrow limestone ridge 1,950ft (605m) above sea level. Montepulciano is fast being discovered by tourists seeking out the best of the region, while still retaining its mystery and authenticity. Sheltered within the fortified walls are charming streets packed with Renaissance-style palaces and churches. Within the intact historic centre, no major building work has been done since 1580, making it one of the best-preserved historic centres in Italy. While Montepulciano's most celebrated achievement is its Vino Nobile vintages, other attractions include the pilgrimage church of Madonna di San Biagio; a treasured collection of Etruscan reliefs and funerary urns; and the views from the tower at the Palazzo Comunale.

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    Cortona

    Cortona is a richly historic city that enjoys a scenic position above Lake Trasimeno and the plain of Valdichiana, dotted with olive groves and vineyards. Home to some of the best-preserved Etruscan buildings, it also has a strong artistic pedigree and was home to Luca Signorelli and Pietro da Cortona. Most of the Etruscan city is hidden in basements but part of the original 4th-century BC walls can be seen at the base of Porta Colonia's outer side. Climbing the city's cut-stone staircases and meandering along its cobbled streets guides one back through the past from the Renaissance to the Middle Ages and beyond. The medieval houses along Via Janelli are the oldest in Italy, with other special sites are the Palazzo Comunale, Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca and the church of San Francesco.

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    San Gimignano

    San Gimignano is a popular village on the tourist trail which attracts many with its charm, history and towers. Only 14 of the original 72 towers remain, which is unsurprising as their dual role as status symbols and defensive structures saw them caught in the middle of the many feuds that eventually caused the town's downfall. Nevertheless, these 14 towers are among the best-preserved in Italy, and are the envy of Florence and Bologna whose towers have long since crumbled. The ideal starting-point for a visit to San Gimignano is the Piazza del Duomo, which is the centre of the town and framed by historical buildings. Nearby is the Collegiata, a church dating from the 11th-century and famed for its frescoes, which include The Creation by Bartolo di Fredi.

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    Pisa

    Most famous for its leaning tower, Pisa's equally notable coups include its maritime legacy dating to 1000 BC, its prized university and its status as the birthplace of Galileo Galilei. The Pisans also created one of the most beautiful squares in the world in the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). The famous Leaning Tower, an essential holiday attraction, whose layers of heavy marble were constructed on a shifting subsoil foundation that has been the bane of Pisan engineers for more than 800 years. It seems that the tremulous soil underneath the Field of Miracles has exacted its price on the other buildings too, most notably San Michele dei Scalzi. Other attractions of interest in Pisa include the Museo delle Sinopie; the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, with its arabesque panels and Corinthian capitals; and the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo's Florentine art from the 12th through to the 17th-centuries.

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    Lucca

    The charming city of Lucca is laid out on ancient Roman roads and framed within well-preserved medieval ramparts. Founded by the Etruscans and a Roman colony from 180 BC, it still boasts many fascinating old buildings. The city walls are one of the main attractions as they are still perfectly intact despite the expansion of the city and their great age. The city is famous for being the home of Puccini, with his 15th-century house serving as a shrine. Lucca is also celebrated for its museums, monuments and splendid Romanesque churches. With its flat terrain and narrow lanes, Lucca is perfectly suited to explorations on foot or by bicycle, the same methods local people use to commute. Key sights on a visit to Lucca are the Duomo, San Michele and San Frediano, as well as the Museo Nazionale Guinigi, Torre Guinigi and an ancient Roman amphitheatre.

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    Siena

    Siena is one of Italy's best-preserved medieval cities, and one of the major drawcards for visitors to the popular regions of Umbria and Tuscany. Siena's peak as a wealthy city-state dates back to the 13th-century, when the Duomo di Siena was completed along with the distinctly scallop-shaped Piazza del Campo, regarded as one of the finest public spaces in Europe. The town's university was founded in 1240, and to this day ranks as one of the most prestigious in Italy. Amid the winding lanes of the medieval city are many gorgeous churches and museums, chief among them the 13th-century Chiesa di San Domenico; the Fortezza Medicea; and the pilgrimage site of Sanctuary of St Catherine of Siena. Notable landmarks include the Palazzo Pubblico, the Duomo, Palazzo Piccolomini, Pinacoteca Nazionale and the Museo dell'Opera. Torre del Mangia is the bell tower to the left of Palazzo Pubblico which stands at 330ft (102m), the second highest in Italy.

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    Galileo Galilei International Airport
    Location: The airport is located four miles (6km) northeast of Pisa, and 50 miles (80km) west of Florence.
    Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
    Getting to the city: The PisaMover Bus departs roughly every 10 minutes for Pisa Central Station, located less than one mile (2km) from the airport. A comprehensive bus network also provides connections to Tuscan cities like Florence, Siena, Lucca, and Viareggio.
    Car Rental: Car rental operators at the airport can be found in the Car Rentals Terminal, which is connected to the arrivals area via shuttle bus. The shuttle bus stop is just outside arrivals and rental operators at the airport include Avis, Auto Europa, Europcar, Hertz and Goldcar.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available at the airport; it is a 10-minute drive into Pisa (with an extra fee being added on public holidays and Sundays). The taxi stand is located near the exit of the arrivals hall.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include a railyway ticket office, police station, first aid station, chapel, chemist, hair stylist, laundry facilities, currency exchange, a bank, plenty of shops, restaurants and bars.
    Parking Short and long-term parking is available. Lot P3 is closest to the terminal and provides short-term parking, charged by the hour. A multi-level car park (P2) is nearby, offering similar hourly rates but charging less for long stays. Lot P4 is the cheapest long-term option.

    Tuscany is special because it combines natural splendour with ancient historical sites and wonderful food and wine. This all comes together in the Chianti region, which can be explored in a circular route by car.

    Tuscany also has more than its fair share of historic medieval villages. Montepulciano is the highest hill village, with an impressive limestone ridge and an historic centre untouched by development since 1580. Cortona, an endlessly popular destination, has been made even more famous by the novels of Frances Mayes. San Gimignano is known for its 14 well-preserved medieval towers, while Siena has a UNESCO-listed Old Town full of lovely Renaissance churches.

    The Etruscans made their way into Italy in about 900 BC and there are a number of fascinating Etruscan sites to explore in Tuscany. Some of the best remains can be found in Grosseto, Roselle, Saturnia, Sovana and Pitigliano. The ancient Roman city of Lucca is well worth a visit too, as is Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower. Of course, Florence could keep tourists occupied for many holidays all by itself.

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