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    • Good restaurant for large group of wine lovers

      Pisa Jun 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Looking for some suggestions for an evening meal in Pisa for a group of 23 wine "students" (mature group ages between 40 & 80) on first night of a brief Chianti tour. We arrive about 7.00pm on a Saturday night in October and will be staying in Castellina. We will have been travelling for all afternoon from the UK by coach & plane, So one option is to eat in the Pisa area before the journey up to Castellina. All ideas welcomed

    • Castiglioncello as a day trip?

      Castiglioncello Yesterday


      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?


    • New Stores

      Florence Jun 17, 2014 at 6:24 AM

      Hi - I was in Florence last year and wanted to know if any new stores had opened since then.

    • purse from florence

      Florence Jun 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      try to find out about john f from Florence Italy who sign and made a black clutch purse from my great grandmother nobody seems to know john f

    • directions

      Siena Jul 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      how to get to Florence airport from Siena

    • travel from pisa to montieri

      Montieri Jun 11, 2014 at 6:11 AM

      travel from pisa to montieri

    • 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

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      short tours out of Florence with my 84 yr old dad

      Florence Jun 14, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      I am planning to take my dad to Italy for his first time (tho not mine) in October this yearl. He's a spry and healthy 85-year old man (who forgets how old he is so I need to be a bit careful not to tire him out.) I am doing a two week Home Exchange with an apartment in Florence so we will have a home base from which we can take a couple of trips. And we won't have a car. He very much wants to go to the Amalfi Coast so I'm wondering if it might be best to book a tour from Florence. There's a tour company called that has a 4-day tour that I'm exploring, but I wonder if anyone could recommend other tour operators I could investigate? OR if people think it might be just as easy to go to Amalfi and get a hotel for a couple of nights and make our way around on our own?

    • Seeing the David

      Florence Jun 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      We are online trying to buy tickets to the Academia gallery to view the David statue and it seems pretty confusing. The tickets seem to be more expensive than I thought they would be - over 20 euros per person. I just want to make sure we are not accidentally paying for more than we want - like the Uffizi gallery, or lunch, or something.

      Thanks for any info.

    • 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!

    • in the heart of Florence Hotel of B&B with nice Breakfast.

      Florence Jun 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Can you suggest the best location that's right at the center, in the heart of the Florence, I'm a city girl, I like all the actions, entertainment, shopping and restaurants. I think up to $350 per night hotel or B&B works for me. I'm going with my husband from July 20-July23. Thank you, Rita

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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.


    • Parking in San Gimignano

      San Gimignano Jun 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      We are staying for seven days in San Gimignano and will have a hire car. We do not want to pay 2 euro per hour parking as this will get quiet expensive. Does any one know of a free or less expenensive parking area.

    • 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?

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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 :)

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      parking montecino

      by ChristopheV Online Now Jan 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      where can i leave my car around montecino, when i visit the town?

      3 Answers Jan 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM
    • ceramics and pottery

      by offtoEurope Online Now Apr 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      We bought a beautiful set of pottery bowls in Montalcino many years ago and I'd like to buy more, but I don't know the name of the store. Can anyone recommend a reputable local pottery seller in Montalcino?

    • Are things open on Sunday

      by ltalbott Online Now Apr 29, 2011 at 2:21 AM


      I am traveling ot Montalcino and am wondering if the wineries and wine shops are open on Sundays. I have received mixed information but from what I have gathered in Rome and Florence, most places are closed on Sunday. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.

    • Winery Tour + accommodation

      by goaliemother Online Now Apr 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM

      Will be in Montalcino -- arriving June 11th and departing June 12th.
      Would like recommendations for a winery tour please. If possible we would like to stay at hotel connected to winery.
      Any ideas, suggestions will be appreciated.

      1 Answer Apr 28, 2011 at 9:05 AM
    • hours of operation of restaurants

      by margiesme Online Now May 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM

      Are restaurants open on Sundays for breakfast/lunch/dinner?

      5 Answers May 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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      Getting to Sant'Antimo

      by SandiM Online Now Mar 7, 2010 at 7:54 PM

      2 females, 42 & 73 (both car-less), taking a bus from Pienza to Montalcino in hopes of visiting Sant'Antimo in the morning. Can someone suggest a way to get to the Abbey without taking a car? I know of 2 buses to the abbey, but they leave at 710am and then not until 145pm. Our bus from Pienza drops us off around 730am, so we'll miss the first bus and I'm planning to photograph the interior of the Abbey in the morning, with the light streaming in so the 145pm bus won't do. Are there taxis to hire? Or is it possible to hitch a ride? I don't think my mother can handle a walk, if it's very far or very hilly. Suggestions?

      4 Answers Mar 8, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    • 5 days near Montalcino

      by rleahbird Online Now Oct 2, 2009 at 8:42 AM

      With a short trip spanning a weekend, what do you recommend? It's next week, 10/9-14, and we'll have a car. Festivals? Wineries?

    • Weekend hours off-season

      by barefoottraveller Online Now Oct 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

      Interested in knowing if Montalcino or surrounding area wineries or Enoteca are open on Saturdays and Sundays off-season( November )? Are sites to visit( Castello; Abbey in Anselmo ) open?

      2 Answers Oct 1, 2009 at 11:11 PM
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      Fireflies in Tuscany?

      by Callavetta Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

      Several years ago we saw fireflies in Sorrento (in June). Does anyone know if there are fireflies in Tuscany in May? We don't have them in California and they are so magical.

      6 Answers Apr 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

      by mcgslp Online Now Jan 23, 2009 at 6:01 AM

      We are taking a train from Rome Termini to Chiusi. From there we would like to go to Montalcino then possibly to Siena. If we go to Siena we would take a train directly back to Rome.
      I am having difficulty figuring out how to get from Chiusi to Montalcino by either train/bus?

      2 Answers Jan 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM
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      il Giglio and Brunello

      by wdwgal Online Now May 18, 2007 at 8:04 PM

      Has anyone ever stayed at Hotel Giglio in Montalcino?
      what is the hotel like?
      where are good places to eat nearby?
      where is a good winery to try Brunello?
      do any of the wineries give free tastings?
      where is the best place to buy Brunello?

      4 Answers Nov 14, 2007 at 1:47 AM
    • Buses from Rome to Montalcino??

      by tearose214 Online Now Sep 6, 2006 at 9:00 AM

      I'm trying to figure out the easiest and quickest way to get from Rome to Montalcino without a car. The train seems inconvenient since it requires switching in three different towns (Chiusi, Siena, Buonconvento). I am wondering if there is a direct bus option from Rome, how often it leaves, and how long it takes, or alternately, whether there are buses that go from the train station at Chiusi directly to Montalcino. Would appreciate your advice!

    • Restaurants in Montalcino or surrounding countryside

      by lindadook Online Now Jun 26, 2006 at 3:42 AM

      Hi, my husband a nd I are visiting Montalcino soon and would like and suggestions for informal, relaxed dining either in Montalcino itself or in the surrounding countryside. Any suggestions of vineyards to visit would be great also.

      2 Answers Jun 28, 2006 at 6:50 AM

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      1 Answer Oct 6, 2006 at 6:22 PM
    • Montalcino Day Trip from Florence/Siena

      by JeanSF Online Now Jul 28, 2003 at 9:20 AM

      Do you know tour companies that offer day trips into the wine region, especially Montalcino and Montepulciano from Florence? Is departing from SIena a better idea? I know we can use the SITA bus network and do it on our own, but just wondering?? Thanks for any help you can offer.

      4 Answers Jul 28, 2003 at 3:00 PM
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      Long term rental

      by john_nico Online Now Jun 15, 2003 at 10:37 PM

      My wife and I are looking to rent a modest apartment in or near Montalcino from March/April 2004 until end September 2004. How much should we expect to pay per week / month? Can anyone help with recommendations? Many thanks

      2 Answers Jun 18, 2003 at 6:11 AM