Travel Info

We get lots of questions about travelling to and from Casole.  It is not the most accessible place by public transport due to the fact that it does not have a train station and the buses run to and from the nearest large town (Colle di val d'Elsa) only four times a day.  From Colle you can get connections onwards to Siena, Poggibonsi, Firenze (Florence) and Volterra. 

BY PLANE

Most people fly to Pisa when coming from the UK and Europe but visitors from further afield might come via Rome or Florence (Firenze).

When buying your ticket please make sure you will arrive by 16.30  on the arrival day if you wish to avail of the transfer arranged by the art centre where this is included in your 'package'.  On the return day aim to buy a ticket that departs after 13.00 to allow time for check in as the transfer will normally reach Pisa by 11.00.

Meet the driver at the information desk in Pisa Airport at the time arranged on your arrival day.  The administrator will let you know before your course what times the minibuses will set off from Pisa depending on the arrival times of all the other participants - it may be earlier than 16.30 if the group will all reach Pisa earlier.  If your flight is delayed and you miss the transfer please call the art centre to let us know when you expect to arrive.   You can get a taxi from Pisa which will cost you approximately €260.  Alternatively you can take the train to Poggibonsi and get a taxi from there for about €50.  (Train ticket is about €12).  Our usual taxi company Bruno Bellini charge €150 in cash from the passenger if the journey is booked in advance.  It is not always possible to arrange with Bruno Bellini at short notice in case of a delayed flight. The driver will monitor the flight updates online and may be able to wait for a delayed flight as long as not too many others are inconvenienced and as long as their other bookings allow. 

FAQ regarding trasnfers: 

Q.  Why is the pick up time from Pisa Airport not til 16.30 when my flight gets in much earlier?

A.  The staff at the Centre need time to tidy and clean between groups and, not least, take a well earned rest to recharge their batteries so they can take good care of your group!  Check in is after 4.30pm on the arrival day.  

 BUS INFO
Casole to Colle val d'Elsa - Bus number 126
Depart from Casole Arrive in Colle Duration
06:37 07:07 30 min
07:37 08:07 30 min
11:40 12:03 23 min
15:12 15:42 30 min
Colle val d'Elsa to Casole - Bus number 126
Depart from Colle Arrive in Casole Duration

11:13

11:40

27 min

14:00

14:31

31 min

14:43

15:09

26 min

18:29

19:00

31 min
Poggibonsi to Colle val d'Elsa - bus number 130 (Linea 130)
   Approximately every 10 minutes in both directions.

 

For further bus information to and from Casole take the link to the region of Siena online bus service search

For information about travelling from Colle to Volterra take the link to the  770 Bus timetable

 BUS FROM FLORENCE (FIRENZE) TO CASOLE:  The Florence bus station is right by the main train station (Santa Maria Novella) so that is convenient.  The bus from Florence to Colle val d'Elsa is quite frequent - about once each hour.  From Colle you can either get a taxi (only 15km to Casole) or you can get the bus number 126 - the timetable is above. 

BUS FROM COLLE TO SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO AND VOLTERRA:  Timetable

TRAIN INFO

The nearest train station is Poggibonsi. You can get from Poggibonsi to Casole by taxi or if you take the bus you have to change at Colle di val d'Elsa.

TRAIN FROM PISA TO POGGIBONSI:  Take a train from Pisa Airport to Pisa Centrale (usually these go about 3 times an hour).  Then take a train from Pisa Centrale to Empoli (The train will be heading for Florence but get off at Empoli).  At Empoli take the train to Poggibonsi. (This train will be heading for Siena but get off at Poggibonsi) Generally there are lots of trains running so you don't have to plan too precisely. 

An online train journey planner is available at  trenitalia.com

TAXI INFO

The cost of a taxi is usually around €1,40 per km. 

Poggibonsi is 23km from Casole,

Colle is 15km from Casole

San Gimignano is 22km

Siena is 42km

Pisa is 88km

Volterra is 23km

Bruno Bellini can be booked in advance to pick up from varous locations, including Florence, Pisa and Colle val d'Elsa to bring you to Casole. Bellinibruno.com

CAR HIRE AND ARRIVING BY CAR

If arriving by car please note our check in time is after 4.30pm and check out is by 10am. 

There is a hire firm/taxi firm in San Gimignano that has a web site in English:

Bellinibruno.com

If arriving by car it is easier to set your 'Sat Nav' to Via Roma, 10 rather than Via San Michele, 16 as the latter is 'unknown' to the GPS and it will take you right into the village.  Please note if arriving after 8pm DO NOT drive into the village - as you will probably received an automatic fine.  It is pedestrian only after 8pm.   The best place to unload luggage is in the Piazzetta at the end of Via San Michele.  Having unloaded please repark in the main village car park which is at the junction at the very bottom of Via Roma.  Unfortunately this is about 5 minutes walk from the Centre.   There are some parking places on Via Roma but is cleaned once a week and no parking is allowed that morning, so cars not removed on street cleaning day could be towed.

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RECOMMENDED HOTELS/B&B IN PISA AND FLORENCE - (these are places that our guests have appreciated)

PISA:  Lucky House B&B  This is on a good bus line between the airport and the historic city centre.

Sunflower B&B

FLORENCE:  The Balcony Hotel Modestly priced and very pleasant and central

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