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    • AREA to stay in Elba

      Isola d' Elba Apr 9, 2015 at 4:25 AM

      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.


    • Giuseppe Zanotti shoes

      Florence Apr 11, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      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?

    • Bicycle rental

      Montecatini Terme Apr 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

      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.

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      Ferry to Sardinia

      Livorno Mar 29, 2015 at 12:27 PM

      Hello folks,
      Checking option of ferry to Sardegna and back, this week-end.
      Staying in Florence.
      Will be greatful for any personal experience and tips.

    • getting around siena

      Siena Apr 3, 2015 at 4:39 AM

      hello everyone
      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

    • Things to do

      Florence Apr 15, 2015 at 5:32 PM

      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!

    • Marble Shop in Carrara

      Carrara Apr 11, 2015 at 6:04 PM

      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.

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      Different bus from Amerigo Vespucci (airport) to Santa Maria Novella (train station)

      Florence Mar 30, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      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.

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      Train or rental car or plane?

      Montecatini Terme Yesterday

      I'm trying to find the quickest and cheapest way to get from Montecatini Terme, Italy to Nice France and then on to Paris.


    • Travel from Pienza to Chiusi

      Tuscany Mar 29, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      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?

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      one day in Florence

      Florence Apr 15, 2015 at 7:40 AM

      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 !!

    • Florence and Pisa

      Florence Apr 17, 2015 at 2:01 AM

      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

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      Our 2.5 Day Itinerary in Florence (First timers - Need advice!)

      Florence Apr 14, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      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
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      Advice for San Gimignano day trip from Florence

      Florence Mar 31, 2015 at 5:53 AM

      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.

    • Best Cocktail bar in Viareggio?

      by shellcov Online Now May 30, 2014 at 2:39 AM

      I am looking for the best cocktail bar in Viareggio to take a group of girls for a hen weekend?
      What are the bars like in Viareggio?

      1 Answer Jun 6, 2014 at 5:11 AM
    • Things to do for a hen weekend

      by shellcov Online Now May 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      I am planning a hen Weekend for the end of May. What will Viareggio be like then? What things can we do? I was hoping on hiring a boat for a day and chilling on it, enjoying the views/sunshine with a bottle of wine. Would that be possible in Viareggio? Are there any other activities we could do?

      4 Answers Jun 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM
    • Coming from Pisa Airport

      by jibdll Online Now Mar 27, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Besides a train, does anyone know a good way to travel from Pisa Airport to Viareggio Hotel? Is a Taxi efficient? Will taxi's be available at the airport or should I pre-arrange for a car?

      3 Answers Mar 28, 2014 at 12:12 AM
    • Shopping in a Walmart-like store

      by jibdll Online Now Mar 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      In Viareggio, is there a store within walking distance to beach hotels where I can pick up cheap household items?

      8 Answers Apr 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM
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      October 2013

      by Ackerss Online Now Sep 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Has Viareggio practically closed down in October? Will shops, restaurants be open?

      3 Answers Sep 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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      Accomodation in Viareggio.

      by Maurizioago Online Now Aug 4, 2011 at 1:34 AM

      Could you recommend a nice hotel of pension in Viareggio?


      2 Answers Aug 5, 2011 at 2:21 AM
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      Versilia Riviera

      by Ldeck3 Online Now May 12, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      Reading your comments is sounds like the water is not that nice along the versilia riviera? I start my trip in Lucca and have an extra 3 days for the coast. I leave from Pisa to go home. What City would be the best choice for a stay by the beach?Is there any nice water? Thank you.

      2 Answers Jun 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM
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      Need help with carnivale details

      by xdaliv Online Now Nov 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM

      A group of us including a 1 year old toddler will be in Florence in Feb 2011 and coincidentally will be there on one of the sundays when the carnivale parade will take place. So we planning for a day trip there. We prefer to visit Pisa before heading to Viareggio.

      BUT despite my best efforts, i just could not find details about the carnivale. Need help with the planning

      1. Do we have to buy tickets? If yes, how? can they be purchased online in advanced? price for tickets?
      2. What time does it start? what time should we be there? what time does it end?
      3. Will the train be packed? is reservation required?
      4. The plan is to travel by train from Florence to Pisa (just for the tower). Lunch at Pisa. Take train to Viareggio. Wait/watch/experience the parade then train to Lucca for dinner before heading back to Florence and crash. Is this possible? Any other suggestions?

      Please help. Spent days just looking for these info or any idea on how to do this but been unsuccessful. Either no info or lots of conflicting info. Thanks in advance

      6 Answers Dec 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    • I am going to Viareggio in August

      by stepashik Online Now Jul 21, 2010 at 2:24 AM

      Hello to everybody!

      I will arrive at Viareggio the 31th of July and stay untill 21 of August.
      i am going to language school.
      Can you help me please with my time spending there - where is better to eat, to go, to see.

      Thnaks a lot!

      3 Answers Jul 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM
    • Viareggio Nightlife

      by qulka89 Online Now May 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM

      Can anyone share with me some information about nightlife in Viareggio. I'm planning to go there in the begining of August with my friends and I'd like to know are there any places to party?

      1 Answer Jun 2, 2010 at 6:23 AM
    • Guitar Shop?

      by joanmor66 Online Now Mar 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM

      I don't want to bring my guitar with me so I would like to buy an inexpensive accoustic guitar while I am in Viareggio. Are there any musical instrument shops in/around Viareggio?

      1 Answer Mar 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM
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      The Opera at Torre Del Lago

      by LesleyCC Online Now Jun 15, 2009 at 5:11 AM


      I will be in Viareggio in July for the Puccini Opera festival at Torre del Lago. Can anyone tell me the best way to travel to and from the theatre on the night? Are there buses/taxis easily available?


      Lesley :-)

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      general advice needed!

      by pocockk Online Now Feb 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

      Hi I am going to Viareggio for part of my honeymoon in August and I was wondering if anyone had any "must haves" for what we could do while we are there? We are not really beach people so anythign else really! Thanks

      4 Answers Feb 26, 2008 at 11:26 AM
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      Hotel/travel to Viareggio

      by marieangel Online Now Nov 14, 2006 at 1:24 PM

      can anyone tell me how long it takes for a taxi transfer from Pisa airport to Viareggio and how much it will cost?
      Also can anyone recommend a good hotel which serves excellent food?

      2 Answers Nov 16, 2006 at 4:51 AM
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      Things we must do?

      by haleysmith Online Now Aug 2, 2006 at 2:56 PM

      Hi to my helpful VT friends!
      My family and I are staying in Viareggio for a week before exploring more of Tuscany (Florence, Siena and Porto Ercole). I am looking forward to seeing Lucca, Cinque Terra and Pisa but can anybody suggest any other places to visit or experiences to enjoy whilst in Viareggio? Will there be any opportunities to have a boat excursion, is it realistic to have a trip to Elba and any ideas about scuba diving? A lot of questions I know, but you're always so helpful - thank you! Haley

      4 Answers Aug 15, 2006 at 12:24 AM
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      Railway travel from Viareggio to La Spezia

      by kazuhr Online Now Apr 19, 2005 at 10:55 PM

      I am thinking to take a train from La Spezia to Florence.
      Wondering if I could have a great sea view alon the coast on the way from La Spezia to Viareggio?

      1 Answer Apr 21, 2005 at 10:59 AM
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      by the sea

      by giovanni03 Online Now Mar 28, 2005 at 7:17 AM

      we will be there late april and all of may is the weather good to swim at the beach i want to bring my bathing suit if i can swim in the sea

      1 Answer Mar 28, 2005 at 7:57 AM
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      Inexpensive hotels in Viareggio

      by trinasignorello Online Now Jun 8, 2004 at 4:12 AM

      I am looking for a clean, comfortable hotel (with air conditioning!) very close to the beaches in Viareggio. Does anyone have any recommendations, in addition to preferable areas to stay within the town? Thanks Trina

      5 Answers May 12, 2006 at 11:22 AM
    • Cost of living in Viareggio

      by oliversbabe Online Now Mar 22, 2004 at 6:59 PM

      Hi, I'm the team manager of a group of amateur athletes. We are going to Viareggio to compete in the World Life Saving Championships. We are hoping to stay in an inexpensive self catering apartment near the main events which will be held on the beach close to the Congress Center. I'm trying to put together a budget for the trip so I was wondering if anyone out there has any idea of approximately how much groceries for 4 people would cost per week. Or even a few individual prices to give us some idea. For example, How much is a large tin of coffee? 2 liter bottle of water? Bag of pasta? Pasta sauces? Bread? Beer? etc etc..... Any advise would be really appreciated. Thanks, Sue

      4 Answers Mar 24, 2004 at 2:17 AM
    • Rail travel to Florence and Sienna

      by georgemac Online Now Aug 29, 2003 at 1:04 PM

      can anyone tell me about the rail service from either Viareggio or Marina di Pietrasanta to these two destinations ? My wife and I are making our third visit to Italy and want to make the most of it without having to drive !

      3 Answers Aug 30, 2003 at 2:36 AM