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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.

      Thanks

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    • 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?
      Thanks!

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    • What to do

      Livorno 5 hours ago

      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?

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    • Vintage Door Knocker

      Florence 11 hours ago

      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!

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    • Livorno to Cinque Terre

      Livorno Yesterday

      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?

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      Mugello Race

      Barberino di Mugello May 3, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      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.

      Cheers!
      JS

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    • 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!

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    • 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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      Train or rental car or plane?

      Montecatini Terme Apr 26, 2015 at 2:03 PM

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

       

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      Trains in Florence

      Florence May 2, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      Hello,

      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.

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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 !!
      Thanks.

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    • 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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    • Gems and special places

      by Italyforhoneymoon Online Now 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!

      3 Answers Jul 22, 2014 at 4:41 AM
    • Milan to Voltera

      by Pepperdogsmom Online Now Jun 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      Is it reasonable to travel from Milan to Volterra by train and bus in early September?

      2 Answers Jun 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM
    • What is open on sundays?

      by lozzmaggi Online Now Nov 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      I have a free day in my organised tour that I was hoping to spend in Volterra, however that day is a sunday. I was wondering if anything would be open on a sunday that would be worth an hour or so on public transport or 1/2 an hour taxi ride to see or do? Alabaster shops? Etruscan museum? Restaurants?

      Thank you for your answers.

      9 Answers Nov 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM
    • Parking

      by doctorfloyd Online Now Aug 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      Hi everybody! A simple question:
      Is there a free parking in Viale Vittorio Veneto.
      I know where I can park in Volterra but I need to know if is posible to park in Viale Vittorio Veneto without fee.
      Thank you

      5 Answers Aug 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM
    • Hire a driver

      by cfreericks Online Now Jul 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Are there drivers for hire in Volterra? My husband and I have a car, but wanted to hire a driver on day for the Chianti Festival.

      2 Answers Mar 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM
    • backpacktrip to Volterra

      by Charlotte&TheGuys Online Now Apr 3, 2011 at 6:47 AM

      Hi everyone,

      we're 5 youngsters between 18 and 20 years old and we're planning to do a roadtrip across Italy in August. Some of us have a driverlicense but not long enough to rent a car, so we're moving by foot, train, busses,... We were planning to take the bus from Firenze to Volterra, stay there for one night and go to Lucca the next day by bus. Many sites about busses are in Italian, which is a language none of us speaks.. we managed to figure out how to go by bus from Firenze to Volterra, but we're still searching for a way to go from Volterra to Lucca. Can anyone help us with that?
      We were also wondering what the best hostel/hotel/camping(we have tents) would be for the 5 of us, we're all students, we can live without luxury and we look for the cheapest way to stay a night at Volterra.

      thanks for trying to help us
      Charlotte

      3 Answers Apr 3, 2011 at 9:31 AM
    • how to get to Volterra from Pisa Airport

      by donnam16551 Online Now Jun 22, 2009 at 3:53 AM

      A friend and I will be arriving in Pisa in October and plan to spend 2 nights in Volterra. Neither is brave to drive in Italy so we are looking for public transportation. Any advice and estimates of cost? Grazie mille!

      Donna Maloney

      2 Answers Jun 22, 2009 at 7:35 AM
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      Getting to Volterra from Florence

      by kathymof Online Now May 22, 2007 at 10:59 AM

      I am traveling to Florence in June and want to visit Volterra and San Gimignano. It seems that it is not that easy to get to Volterra by public transportation and that it takes a long time. The bus site is in Italian and I am having trouble with it. I don't want to sit on the bus all day with just a little time in Volterra.

      Would I be better of renting a car for a day and seeing both Volterra and San Gimignano that day? I would want to spend as much time as possible in each place, but especially in Volterra.

      Thanks

      9 Answers May 24, 2009 at 5:52 AM
    • Volterra Transportation

      by kherta Online Now Sep 3, 2006 at 3:20 PM

      Is there any transportation out of Volterra to Sienna on Sundays?

      1 Answer Sep 3, 2006 at 4:04 PM
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      Vespa Rental

      by megsmel Online Now Aug 23, 2005 at 11:08 AM

      Has anyone rented a Vespa in Volterra? We're staying at villa in between Volterra and San Gimignano for a week and would like to have some cheap transportation between the 2 towns. Any ideas on cost or where to rent? Do the dirt roads permit scooters? Thanks!

      4 Answers Aug 29, 2012 at 8:54 AM