Hi All! Two questions:
1. We are travelling as a group of 8 people (me/husband, both sets of our parents who are in their 70s and my sister/bro in law). We are renting a van from Rome Termini and driving to Gaoli in Chianti, and I was wondering what the most scenic route is? I have read driving the A1 and stopping at Orvieto and Montepulciano would be good- is that what you guys would recommend? Any other places you would stop and if anyone can help be more specific on that route that would be reallly helpful! Of course I can use Google Maps but wanted to make sure to take the scenic route...
2. Given we will be renting a van, there will not be a trunk. If we stop off at these towns on the drive to Chianti, we will have our luggage with us. Do you think it's safe for us to leave a van full of luggage parked in various towns during the day, so we can stop for lunch or to walk around, for example Orvieto and Montepulciano? I tihnk the luggage would be visible as there won't be a trunk. Of course we will try to minimize what people can see but there are 8 of us so would be hard to completely hide it all.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
How long is the wait to get into the Academia?
any parties in florance in that time from 14 to 18/6
I have been to Florence before and done the art and cathedrals thing, and while I love them, this time I will be concentrating on other things in Florence and Tuscany. I am planning one"Power Shopping Day" to buy myself a leather jacket and some Christmas gifts, and then hop a train or Viator excursion to Prada and The Mall.
I have gathered a short list of great leather shops on Trip Advisor and also seen the recommendations for Maren Erickson there and on every board/forum.Here's my quandary--- would I save time going to reputable leather places going with Maren or take my list (which includes Michelangelo Leathers). I know from past experience that sometimes a paying a guide for a few hours is worth it. Time in Florence for shopping will be limited and I still want a few hours to hit the Prada outlet too. Suggestions please!
I asked this question in 'Venice' section and am repeating here.
While in Venice, we are staying in the Ghetto region. Looking for suggestions for lunch and dinner in that area or close by as we aren't all that mobile; we want to walk no more than a km for a meal. Looking for mid-range rather casual restaurants. Also in Florence for a week. There we are located near the Bargello National Museum. Suggestions welcome.
If we are stopping in Livorno and we don't want to do an excursion to Pisa or Florence, what is recommended to see and do in the area that does not take hours to get to?
My husband and I recently visited Florence, Italy. He fell in love with the door knockers. Our anniversary is coming up and I would like to surprise him with an authentic Italian door knocker. Any ideas on where I can buy one? Thanks!
Our cruise was originally supposed to stop in LaSpezia, but they changed the itinerary to Livorno. We had our hearts set on going to Cinque Terre from LaSpezia. I know that Livorno is quite a bit further away, but we are in port from 7 am to 7 pm. Would taking the train up be a possibility?
Hello, VT Nation:
I've traveled to all of the MotoGP races in America and am now trying to gauge distances from Europe's MotoGP circuits to each town's epicenter (hotels, restaurants, motorbike shops, bars, clubs, etc.).
For Mugello, is there just one little town outside of the track? And if so, how far is it and is it very exciting? If the track holds 50,000 people, I imagine all of those Rossi enthusiasts need to eat and sleep somewhere close by.
Any help you could provide would be most helpful.
Is it easy to get around Florence by train? By easy I mean do you have to reserve tickets or you can go to the station and buy your ticket cash? I want to be flexible.
I'm trying to find the quickest and cheapest way to get from Montecatini Terme, Italy to Nice France and then on to Paris.
Hi all, first of all I love this site, so helpful, thank you.
I am on a cruise ship (first time) and docking nearish to Florence & Pisa. I am not into organised timed excursions, as I like to amble around and take my time. Is there a way to visit both these places independently of the cruise ship? Bus train etc? Also any recommendations? Thank you in advance x
I will be in each of these cities for 2-3 days each. What are your must see, do, or try activities in each city? Thanks for your ideas!
We shall be in Florence one day in mid June ' arriving withe train/
We need all the best tips to orgenize this visit for the best !!
Greetings dear travellers! Me and the wife are going to Florence (for the first time!) this summer. With so many things to see, eat, and do, I can't help but make a detailed itinerary. We're newlyweds and kind of in a budget trip, so you might notice we're just hitting the panini stands and pasta/pizza to-go shops a lot.
Now I need some advice from seasoned travellers and Italian enthusiasts to know if our plan is possible, especially the museum/gallery trips and walking distances. Also, if you have some "YOU MUST DEFINITELY DO/SEE THIS..." advice, that would be awesome! By the way, we will be coming in by train from Venice and we're off to Cinque Terre after.
Without further ado, here's our 2.5 day Florence itinerary:
Florence (Day 1)
- Arrive at train station
- Check in at apartment
- Lunch at Amorino Panino e Vino
- Il Duomo di Firenze (Cupola, Campanile, Baptistery)
- Dinner at I Due Fratellini
- Buy wine from Enoteca Alessi
- Lounge around Piazza della Signoria
Florence (Day 2)
- Galleria dell'Accademia
- Tuscan Food Cooking Tour (starts 10am):
- Historical food market in Florence
- Tuscan countryside cooking lesson with chef
(arista, pizza, pasta, tiramisu, and gelato)
- 4-course Tuscan lunch with Chianti wine
- Receive a diploma, book and apron
- Shop at Mercato San Lorenzo
- Dinner at Sandwichic
Florence (Day 3)
- Galleria degli Uffizi (and its café terrace)
- Lunch at Mangia Pizza Firenze
- Cross the Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti
- Galleria Palatina and Boboli Gardens
- Walk along the river to Piazza Poggi
- Enjoy the sunset at Piazzale Michelangiolo
- Dinner at All'Antico Vinaio
- Lounge around Piazza della Repubblica
Florence (Day 4)
- Train to Vernazza
We visited a marble shop in Carrara many years ago when we were stationed in Naples, Italy (1990). The shop had a small cafe attached to it - and I remember the owners had a pet monkey that was on a leash which they chained to one of the chairs. Does anyone know what shop this is? If it still exists? Thanks.
Hello, I was wondering if Giuseppe Zanotti's store at The Factory Outlet is any good and how much are the discounts usually. Is it worth going?
Travelling to Elba with my Mum and Dad at the end of May, beginning of June.
Due to the Bus time tables from Florence, we would be on Elba for 4nights.
Ideally like to pick 1 hotel for the 4nights, and do day trips from that base.
Tried to research the best area to stay in Elba, with no luck. Suggestions seem to be;
Marina di Campo/ Porto Azzuro/ Cavoli.
Obviously I need to narrow it down to 1.
They are both 50yrs old, we would like to see all of the 'touristy' things that Elba has to offer, and also a couple of walks, and a beach.
So in short, best AREA to stay in Elba.
Is there any possibilities to rent bicycles in this town ?
We shall stay for one week, at the Ambrosiano Hotel., between 10 - 17 of April.
i will be in siena in a month and a half to study in the universita per stranieri di siena and i will be staying at the anghel residence in via paolo frajese 73 it is far from the uni that is in piazza carlo rosselli? can i take a bus from the residence to the uni?it will be my first time in italy thank you
We would like to tour a winery in the San Gimignano area and have some time to visit the city. Does anyone have advice for a bus tour or private tour from Florence? I will not rent a car and travel there.
I understand there is a bus named Volainbus that shuttles from the airport to the Florence train station every 1/2 hour for 6 euros one way. 1st question, how long is the 10 euro round trip ticket good after you validate it? 2nd question, is there a city bus that takes the same route for less? We went to Florence by train from Rome 2 years ago, so we are not familiar with the airport.
My wife and I must travel from Pienza to Chiusi so we may catch a train to Florence and on to Venice.
We have been unable to find any bus or timetables.
Can anyone help here?
Checking option of ferry to Sardegna and back, this week-end.
Staying in Florence.
Will be greatful for any personal experience and tips.
Except the crowded places that we have to visit, where can spend our eat and drink time, to live like locals to Florence?
Staying is 2 nights.
Tanks and Grazzie !
Hi guys! Im organising a group of young Irish Art and Law students to visit Florence for a week. Does anyone know of great clubs and pubs? They're interested in meeting Italiens and other travelers. Good drink deals, music and anything else! Or if there are any evening shows or performances on that would also be superb. Also if anyone knows of cheap but delicious restaurants that would be great, thanks!
What would your recommendations be for a day trip from Florence? I had originally considered Siena. However, others have suggested Pisa/Lucca or even Cinque Terre. We will be in Italy in April, so I do not know if the weather would be a factor for Cinque Terre.
We will be in Siena one day. Should we spend the whole day there, or should we take a side trip to Monteriggioni?
Saremo in Siena un giorno. Dovremmo trascorrere l'intera giornata , o dovremmo fare una capatina a Monteriggioni ?
I were advised by friends to stay away from hotels which are near to the train stations in Italy, for the reason that most of the area are mostly the glitzy part of town. It is not suitable area for family.
Just to confirmed and to ask for other traveller's observations. Have you observed the part of neighbourhood in which the hotel is in ?
Is Hotel Bonaficio and Hotel Donatello in the such area ?
Thanks so much for inputs
we're planning to visit Florence somewhere in mid Oct this year. Looking for a hotel in a safe neighbourhood, 10-15 walk to SM train station, with safe in room and safe baggage storage. We're going out of town for another 2 nights before going back to Florence.