Caught a train from Venice S. Lucia to Firenze S. M. Novella Coach 6 Seat 14B
And then the host picked us up and took us to the Appartamento Pera, Via Luigi Pera 10, Pisa. This was a residential area, but the apartment was brilliant. Very clean and lots of facilities including a great coffee machine. Being in the middle of residential meant there was little choice for restaurants but the one available looked very good, and had good reviews. Sadly my first ever try of Spaghetti Vongole was very disappointing. Great atmosphere though with all the locals.
Central Pisa was a bus ride away and an enjoyable place for breakfast as the sun was shining on the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II square, near the bus stop. Walked up the hill to the typical touristy leaning tower and was amazed at how many took photos holding it up!