Should you visit Volterra or Pisa?
Should I visit Volterra or Pisa? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Located in Tuscany, Volterra has an interesting history and impressive sights for travelers who want to see more of the Tuscan region than the popular city of Florence. The town was originally a Neolithic settlement and is believed to have been continuously inhabited since the end of the 8th century BC. It was a bishop's residence during the 5th century and then an episcopal power during the 12th century. It was later conquered by the Florentines but opposition to their rule led to much rebellion.
Located in Tuscany, Pisa is most famous for its Leaning Tower. The city has a population of about 100,000 people and there are a surprising number of impressive sights that you might miss if you simply pass through to see the tower. There are many architectural and artistic sights that make the city noteworthy as well. The atmosphere of Pisa is also influenced by its university. Of the 100,000 person population, about 60,000 are students. The students bring the city to life with many parties, shows, and interesting cultural events. They stay active into the night and entertainment options are not limited. The student presence is most obvious once you're outside of the touristy Campo dei Miracoli.
Which city is cheaper, Pisa or Volterra?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Volterra is €81, while the average daily cost in Pisa is €96. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Volterra and Pisa in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €48. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Volterra the cost is €96 on average.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €96 in Pisa For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Food in Volterra costs travelers about €29 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Food in Pisa costs travelers about €40 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Pisa
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Pisa:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pisa
For Pisa, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Special colorful dinner in Pisa with a local:
Streetfood tour in Pisa:
Pisa Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience:
Dining experience at a local's home in Pisa with show cooking:
Small-group Street food tour in Pisa:
Traditional Home Hands on Cooking Class in Pisa:
Skip-the-Line Pisa Leaning Tower & Street Food Tour With Local Guide:
Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Pisa:
Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Pisa:
Market tour and lunch or dinner at a local's home in Pisa:
Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home in Pisa:
Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Pisa:
The cost of a taxi ride in Volterra is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €3.43 per person, per day, on local transportation in Volterra.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Pisa than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €8.77 on transportation in Pisa on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Volterra
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Volterra:
Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Volterra or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Volterra or vice vesa:
Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Volterra or vice versa:
Private Transfer from Volterra to Pisa (PSA) Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pisa
Also for Pisa, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Arrival Private Transfer La Spezia to Pisa by Business or Luxury Vehicle:
Departure Private Transfer Pisa to La Spezia by Business or Luxury Vehicle:
Direct Transfer from Pisa to Bologna (city center or Airport)-Ultimate Transfer:
From Livorno Cruise Port: Bus Transfer to Pisa and Lucca:
PRIVATE Transfer Pisa - Firenze with stop in Lucca 2h:
Pisa Airport (PSA) - Florence / Private Arrival Car Transfer:
Pisa Airport (PSA) - Florence / Private Arrival Van Transfer:
Pisa Airport private arrival transfer (Pisa Airport to Pisa City):
Pisa Airport private departure transfer (Pisa city hotels to Pisa Airport):
Pisa Airport to Florence Private Transfer:
Pisa Private Transfer from Pisa Airport to City centre:
Pisa Private Transfer from Pisa city centre to Pisa Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Volterra or Pisa?
Prices for flights to both Pisa and Volterra change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Entertainment and activities in Volterra typically cost an average of €9.14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing expenses in Pisa, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €16 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Volterra
Here are a few actual costs in Volterra for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Hidden Tuscany Tour : Villages, Wine, Food, Hills and Coast:
Pisa, Volterra and Bolgheri Private Tour from Livorno:
San Gimignano & Wine Private Tour from Livorno:
Volterra and San Gimignano Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers:
Tours and Activities in Pisa
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Pisa.
The best of a sightseeing audio tour from Tuttomondo to the Leaning Tower:
Square of Miracles guided tour with Leaning Tower ticket (option):
Pisa Guided Walking Tour in Spanish and Italian:
Pisa Guided Walking Tour in Miracoli Square:
Adventure Park Il Pineto:
2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Pisa Off The Beaten Path:
Pisa all inclusive: Baptistery, Cathedral and Leaning Tower guided tour:
Best of Pisa guided tour with Leaning Tower tickets (option):
Half-Day Afternoon Tour from Florence:
Leaning Tower of Pisa Afternoon Tickets:
Best of Pisa Guided Tour including the Leaning Tower:
Best of Pisa Guided Walking Tour with Leaning Tower Entry Ticket:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Volterra may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €13 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Volterra
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Volterra:
Tuscany countryside from Livorno: Private Volterra, San Gimignano & Wine Tasting:
Bolgheri & Volterra Private Wine Tour from Livorno:
Sample the Local Flavors in Pisa
Also in Pisa, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Pisa guided tour and Wine tasting with Leaning Tower ticket (option):
Half-day Wine Tour in the Tuscan's Hills from Pisa:
Ramble Through The Rolling Hills Of Chianti (6 Hrs) + Lunch & Wine Tasting:
Small Group Pisa Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano Including Wine Tasting:
Ramble Through The Rolling Hills Of Chianti + Lunch & 2 Wine Tasting:
EXCLUSIVE Wine Tour in Chianti and Siena with Lunch & Wine Tasting included:
Full-Day Volterra San Gimignano Private Tour with Wine Tasting:
Pisa, Lucca and Wine tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Volterra and Pisa, we can see that Pisa is more expensive. And not only is Volterra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Volterra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Volterra and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Pisa would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pisa than you might in Volterra.
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