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    • Travel from Siena to Assisi

      Siena 4 hours ago

      We are staying in Siena and want to travel to Assisi & stay about 4-5 hours, but no luck with the buses, and the trains take way to long to get there.
      Is there an inexpensive car or taxi service we can use for the roundtrip? You help is Greatly appreciated!

    • San Gimignano Italy in November

      San Gimignano Jul 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Looking at visiting SG from 18-25 November 2014. Are Christmas decorations up at this time?

    • Things to du in the district of Livorno with kids (4 years old)

      Livorno Jul 16, 2014 at 3:34 AM


      We're a Norwegian family staying 2 1/2 weeks in the district of Livorno (Pisa 2 days, one week in Castiglioncello and one week in Bibbona) in July & August.

      Do you have any tips/recommendations for what to do for kids here?

      Kind regards Lise

    • livorno transportation to lucca

      Livorno Yesterday

      is it hard to get from the cruise port to Lucca? Can we catch a bus and do our own thing easily? for a day trip!

    • 4 days trip to tuscany

      Tuscany Jul 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Hi. i'm going on a trip to tuscany this thursday. I have 4 days. I've got an hotel in florence. I'll get there around 14:30 PM. So I thought I'd visit florence for a day and a half, day 3 - san gimigniano and siena and day 4 - lucca. I won't rent a car so I'll have to use the bus. Do you think these are the best places to visit in my 4 day trip? (I went to pisa in the past so i'll skip it this time). where can I see the time for the buses, should I buy a ticket ahead?
      also in florence I understand that it's better to buy ahead to Uffizi and Accademia. can I still buy it for this week? if I have to know exactly the hour I'd be there it could be a bit problematic... what do you think? thanks for any help

    • lockers at train station

      Arezzo Jul 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      are there lockers at the train stations

    • Possible taxi from Poggibonsi train station to San Gimignano

      San Gimignano Jul 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Does anybody have an idea how much a taxi would cost (if there's any) from Poggibonsi train station to San Gimignano? I'm asking because I have to wait 45+ minutes for the bus, so if the taxi fare is reasonable I'd rather get to SG sooner. Any advice is greatly appreciated. TIA :)

    • Castiglioncello as a day trip?

      Castiglioncello Jul 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM


      Would Castiglioncello be a good day from from Florence? If so, what sorts of activities would you recommend doing during the day?

      I am a big fan of the water, would there be enough time to see the village and go snorkelling?


    • directions

      Siena Jul 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      how to get to Florence airport from Siena

    • Car rental

      Florence Jul 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      I've spend hours as hours researching car rental places and am still feeling nervous and have not gotten anywhere. I need to rent an automatic car (don't know how to drive manual) and would pick it up at the Florence airport. All the rental companies seem to have very high holds on your visa in the fine print . For example, to rent a car at thrifty they put a 1700 € hold /bond on your visa incase of damage or something else. While I hope to have no trouble with damage or accidents, it just seems outrageously high to me. Does anyone know a better alternative? A place where there isn't such a high hold or deductible? Or Is this just normal in all of Italy? Hertz for example doesn't have a high hold - just or days worth of car rental and a tank of gas.

    • Gems and special places

      Volterra Jul 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Does anyone know of beautiful places located in and around borgo alle vigne area other than the popular places already know (pisa, florence, san gimignana, siena etc). Looking for something extremely romantic for my new husband to be on our honeymoon. We will have a rental car. big thanks in advance!

    • Where to rent a car

      Florence Jul 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Hi! I'm taking a train from venice to florence and trying to figure out where the best and most convient place is to pick up a rental car with minimal hassel. I will be taking Italo to florence Santa Maria station. If I am at Santa Maria station, can I take a shuttle to the airport and get a car there? Is that a good idea? If so how long does it take and how much time do i give myself to tell the rental car company what time i'll be there?

      Any assistance and feedback is very much apreciated!

    • B&B La Magnolia

      Lucca Jun 26, 2014 at 5:56 AM

      Would like to return to Lucca next september, does B&B la Magnolia still exist

    • Gardens in Grosseto

      Grosseto Jun 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Giardino la Ferriera was an important garden in Capalbio designed by Giuppi Pietromarchi. Can you tell me if it is available to visit? As well as a name and contact information please.
      Thank you, Julia Guest - West Vancouver BC Canada

    • Vespa ride through Tuscany

      Florence Jun 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      My wife and I will be in Rome (4 days) & decided to take a break to go to Florence for at least most of day 3. I am planning to book a vespa tour that rides through Tuscany for 4 hours w/ meal included. I just wanted to know if anyone has done something similiar and whether it was worthwhile considering the time away from Rome? Thanks for your help.

    • Santa Maria Novella

      Florence Jun 25, 2014 at 4:51 AM

      Are there still some renation works there?

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      Luxury Travel

      Florence Jun 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Good Evening everyone

      How much and how often would you recommend tipping waiting staff in a 5* boutique hotel?

      Thanks in advance

      Laura Davies

    • Picking up a rental car in Siena

      Siena Jun 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Coming in from Florence by bus, where is the car rental area? And, is it better to stay in town without the car first and rent it as we go outwards towards country areas? Was thinking Siena would be a good base and use the car when we wanted to explore other
      towns and return each day to Siena. Got any better ideas? thanks

    • Is Ethiad/Darwin Airlines reliable to fly Zurich-Florence?

      Florence Jul 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      I have to travel from Zurich to Florence, and the only low-cost option seems to be Ethiad Airlines (previously, Darwin Airline). Has any one flown with this company? Is it reliable?
      Thank you!

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      Day trip to Pisa from Florence

      Florence Jul 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      I have 2 full days in Florence and 1 full day for Pompeii. I would like to find out:

      - the best route to get to Pisa. I will be staying near central train station. what are the station name for Pisa?

      - if I have 1 full day, how is it best to maximise to see Pisa? Do I get tickets in advance and is there any specific day that it is closed etc? Any specific tips would be helpful.

      How much time do I have to allocate to get back to Florence? This will be in mid October - any tips on when sunsets and attractions close would help. Thanks :)

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      Tours and Tuscany

      Montecatini Terme Jun 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Hi! I normally tour independently. but after spending many hours planning a 3.5 week trip to Europe with my kids last year, I'm temporarily tapped out on planning. That being said, I am traveling with two friends with Gate One on a guided tour, and we are staying in Montecatini for four nights as part of the itinerary. On a Saturday there is an optional trip my friends are going on to Florence, but I have been twice already and am trying to find something pleasant to do that day that I have never done. Touring PIsa, wine tasting in Chianti, etc. all sound wonderful, but I refuse to drive myself (especially drinking wine), and there are typically only two types tours I am finding
      a.) a huge group tours that herd and hurry you around and give you only an hour or so at a stop or
      b.) private groups tours that cost $400 or more.
      I am not seeing anything in between.

      Does anyone have any tours they have been on that have been pleasant and fun? I am OK with traveling from Montecatini to Florence or other cities to start the tour, but if there are tours from Montecatini directly, that would be great.


    • driving from pisa to siena

      Siena Jul 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      I'm renting a car in florence and driving around for 7 days visiting lots of countryside. What I am wondering is, if i want to make my way down to Sorrento by train, is it ideal to drive to siena from pisa and enjoy the route, drop of the car in siena and then train to sorrento? Looking to not have to go back to florence to return the car but be close enough to a train station that will take me to sorrento!

    • 4 days trip to tuscany

      Florence Jul 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Hi. i'm going on a trip to tuscany this thursday. I have 4 days. I've got an hotel in florence. I'll get there around 14:30 PM. So I thought I'd visit florence for a day and a half, day 3 - san gimigniano and siena and day 4 - lucca. I won't rent a car so I'll have to use the bus. Do you think these are the best places to visit in my 4 day trip? (I went to pisa in the past so i'll skip it this time). where can I see the time for the buses, should I buy a ticket ahead?
      also in florence I understand that it's better to buy ahead to Uffizi and Accademia. can I still buy it for this week? if I have to know exactly the hour I'd be there it could be a bit problematic... what do you think? thanks for any help

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      3 days in Florence

      Florence Jul 3, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      I initially planned for 3 days in Florence including day trip to Pisa. Now I am extending 1 day so I have 3 full days in Florence (by cutting down 1 day in Venice from 3.5 days to 2.5 days). Is this a good idea?

      For 3 full days in Florence, how should I plan it out? I would like to see Duomo, architecure, well known art and do things the local way.

      I will be staying near the central train station, is everything walkable? Any recommendation for food?

      Any useful tips much appreciated :)

    • How to get to Pisa Airport

      Montecatini Terme Jul 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      What is the best way to get from Montecatini Terme to Pisa Airport, by bus or by train?

    • Taxi tours on Elba

      by jameslmorrison1 Online Now Apr 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Is it possible to have a taxi tour from the port around the island?

      3 Answers Apr 19, 2014 at 4:13 AM
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      Ferry Piombino to Portoferraio

      by jacquisuiza Online Now Sep 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Is it necessary to book the ferry in advance? We are driving from Switzerland late september on a saturday and hope to arrive in the late afternoon. As we don't know how traffic will be I prefer not to reserve.

      2 Answers Sep 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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      Budget accomodation.

      by Maurizioago Online Now Aug 10, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      Could you suggest a nice and budget accomodation on this island; please?

      2 Answers Aug 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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      Where to stay in early october?

      by jacquisuiza Online Now May 26, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      I try to find the best place for the first week of october for our group of 7. 2 couples are about 30 y.o., me and my husband 53 y.o. and our 13 y.o. son. Me exepting they are all fanatic mountain bikers and will bring their own bikes. We do not need all inclusive but would like to have breakfast and nearby restaurants for dinner. Sea view would be fantastic, a beach where my son could do some windsurfing, public bus nearby, appartments for the youngers and hotel for us, a big house with enough rooms? Any idea?

      3 Answers Jul 19, 2013 at 1:50 AM
    • Ferryboats + accomodation

      by virtualcircus Online Now Aug 6, 2010 at 2:14 AM

      Hello everybody,

      I am going to Elba on 21 August with my 3 friends and I am wondering If there is significant difference between costs of ferryboat companies or is it similar.
      Regardnig accomodation: I checked few apartments but without possibility to book it. I went through many sites and apartments are same on every site.
      Does anybody know please If there is any site with booking or we could travel without booking and find it after arrival?

      Thanks a lot in advance for any reply!


      3 Answers Aug 6, 2010 at 2:44 AM
    • lucy

      by lucydoodle Online Now Apr 17, 2009 at 5:52 PM

      We are a family of 5 - two adults, 16yr old, 12 and 10. Is this a good island to vi9sit with family and what types of activities do you recommend Thanks

      1 Answer Apr 19, 2009 at 10:19 PM
    • Places to stay in late March '08

      by kcervino Online Now Oct 29, 2007 at 10:57 AM

      Does anyone know a nice place to stay that would be open in late March on Isola D'Elba?

      I know we are travelling in the off season and we don't want to arrive to find there is nothing open. Any advice?



      4 Answers Feb 16, 2008 at 3:36 AM
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      Visiting Elba Mid-Late October

      by Aarti99 Online Now Sep 13, 2007 at 7:52 AM

      I've read that the main tourist season is May and September. Does that mean things shut down in October? Will many hotels/ restaurants be closed? Will they charge higher prices for people visiting off-season?

      Thanks for any tips :)

    • shops/car hire elba

      by mh1 Online Now Apr 23, 2007 at 3:40 PM

      Never been to elba b4 but going camping there in july. Can you hire a car on the island? Are there reasonable size supermarkets? I am familiar with Corsica & Sardinia but know elba is a bit smaller! Any help appreciated.

      1 Answer Apr 24, 2007 at 9:41 AM
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      Is it possible to travel on public transport on Isola d'Elba

      by jenny59 Online Now Apr 24, 2006 at 11:44 AM

      We have planned a visit to Isola d'Elba mid June and are staying in Portoferrai for three nights. We are wondering whether it is possible to travel around the island using public transport or would we need to hire a car?

      2 Answers Apr 25, 2006 at 11:44 AM
    • Elba

      by palioklima Online Now Apr 10, 2006 at 10:22 AM

      I am coming to Elba for the first time from August 19 for through August 27. I like to stay in town (rather than in the counrtyside) so I can walk easily at night to dinner, but I don't like a town that it too touristy. Any suggestions?

    • Low-key part of Elba to stay / chill?

      by svennyb Online Now Jul 7, 2005 at 2:08 PM

      Hello! I'm ending a fairly crazy trip through Russia with 4 days on Elba. My quesiton is where would be best place to stay that would be fairly low-key in mid August (Aug 10-14 to be specific). I'd be prefectly happy on a beach and exploring on foot for 4 days. The more chill the better (how crowded will it be?) Can anyone recommend a part of the island? Any place in particular to stay?


      1 Answer Jul 8, 2005 at 12:33 AM
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      Visitng Isola d' Elba, Elba off the west coast in ITaly

      by daveandcheryl Online Now Feb 5, 2005 at 12:04 AM

      hello VT members, Does anyone have ideas on traveling, sites, pretty villages, lodging and hidden treasures for the BUDGET traveler on Elba? We will go there in April 2005, if we can. thanks!

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      Car ferries to the island

      by Princess-Kitten Online Now Aug 24, 2004 at 8:10 AM

      Hello! On our tour of Europe we're planning to hop over to Elba for a day from Piombino. I have phone numbers for Moby Lines ferries, but no idea how much the ferry costs or how many sailings there are per day. Has anyone used the ferry recently and can therefore give me some advice? Many thanks! Kitten x

      2 Answers Aug 24, 2004 at 10:49 AM
    • Stay on Elba?

      by italia-bound Online Now Dec 29, 2003 at 2:18 PM

      I'm taking a biking tour through Tuscany in early June that ends on the island of Elba. I've got 4 days to kill after the tour ends, until I leave from Rome. I've always heard that the Amalfi Coast was beautiful and thought about going down there after the tour, but it looks like a tough trip down there (almost a full day!). Should I just plan on staying in Elba? Are there good shops and restaurants? My alternate plan is to rent a car in Piombino and head back in to Tuscany to catch other sights that I might have missed. Does anyone have any thoughts? Thanks.

      3 Answers Feb 23, 2004 at 12:58 PM