The Food Tucked into the hills, Florence is in the middle of the Chianti wine region, meaning you can drink cheap and delicious varieties of wine all over the city, or take at local vineyards. My husband and I booked a flight to Naples not necessarily because we had our heart set on Naples, but because they were having a terrific deal! It is only lightly trafficked, and is famous for being lined with small, inexpensive —none fancy, but some quite lovely. Your site has been great. We want to visit Amalfi … Positano and Sorrento my husband proposed in Sorrento so I definitely want to return there for a night! Be it a traditional bowl of earthy ribollita bean, bread and veg soup , a tripe panino at a family-run food truck or a blue T-bone steak served in a market trattoria unchanged since 1915, dining in Florence is timeless and memorable. From its magnificent position, the city sits at the feet of the Appennine Mountains in a valley that opens onto the Arno Plain. Let me know what you think? Lets explore the best things to do in Florence: 1. Go to a yelp event! Via dei Tavolini, 19R, an artisan gelateria since 1939, I like them and their chocolate orange concoction.
We have done countless tours together, exploring places like the San Marco Museum, Palazzo Pitti and discovering women artists to finding out two free museums in piazza duomo. Boboli Garden Florence has plenty of gardens and green areas, but the most famous of all is. If you absolutely, positively cannot handle the idea of buying your tickets in advance, there is one other alternative. Starting at the Palazzo Vecchio, the enclosed corridor stretches alongside the Arno river, and then cross over the Ponte Vecchio and continues on to the Palazzo Pitti on the other side. Hi Diane, Sounds like an incredible trip! The urban fabric of this small city, on the banks of the Arno river in northeastern Tuscany, has hardly changed since the Renaissance and its narrow cobbled streets are a cinematic feast of elegant 15th- and 16th-century palazzi palaces , medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, marble basilicas and world-class art museums brimming with paintings and sculptures by Botticcelli, Michelangelo et al. Is there anything in Florence we should make sure we see? We have already been to Rome and Venice. Florence is at the center of the major highway and rail junctions in Italy: the choice of arriving by train is without doubt the ideal one.
Naturally, other more economic solutions exist, like hostels; or, for groups and families, the convents with their clean, spartan rooms, although some of their rules are a bit rigid: for example having to return in the evening at a certain hour if one doesn't want pass the night in the open air! Driving seems right until i read about parking and driving. Do these folks use a big bus carrying 40-50 people per tour? Florence has an incredible Easter tradition, the Scoppio del Carro in Florence. Any other tips would be welcome. Fast-forward to the late 1970s when an Italian doctor noticed over 100 cases of the same set of symptoms of other people visiting Florence. We will be starting in Rome and traveling south to Gizzeria in the Catanzaro Region to see our grandfathers hometown. Is there easy way to find connecting train? All the cities on your list are beautiful and all would make a lovely trip, but none if you only have a half a day to visit them. As for where to stay, maybe some of our can inspire you! So we plan on spending the last couple of days in Milan.
The first day we stayed in Milan to look at the shopping areas, Duomo, Cuomo etc. Aside from the decoration, you can also climb the 414 steps in the tower for fantastic views of Florence and the Duomo. And if you prefer to plan ahead, all you need to know is that the places most visited are concentrated around the area between the station, Santa Croce and the Arno river. Ryanair offers budget flights to and from most major Italian cities. Aside from walking on the bridge itself also walk along the Corridoio Vasariano to see the exterior of the Ponte Vecchio and its marvellous house-like attachments. In between, these are the places that have been mapped out:- Milan 2 Nights Verona 1 Night Venice 1 Night Bologna 1 Night Milan 2 Nights I am contemplating between Bologna and Florence. One of the biggest surprises that many have when visiting Italy are the closures that tend to happen on Monday, this typically includes business-based shops, museums and restaurants.
She tries to keep a balance between going on new adventures and exploring favorite destinations like Italy! All images by the author except where otherwise noted. Any help would be appreciated. As it is a holiday day of obligation throughout Italy, schools and public offices are closed, but most restaurants and shops are open as the day is generally viewed as the official start to the Christmas shopping season. You can see all the highlights and take a gondola tour in just one day, or get after-hours access to St. Walk onto this fantastic structure and look at the various shops and vendors — You will find jewellers, art dealers and souvenir shops. I will be flying in from Mumbai India. Then you can take a high-speed train to Venice and another to Florence.
Would you recommend just flying into Florence to cut out train travel time and skip the Lakes? This is not a joke. From Barcelona could we start in Sicily and fly to Athens from Venice. Art, Wine, Food, Strolls, Scenic byways and small villages are all important to us, But art is most important for me; scenic byways and some relaxed days are important for my husband. To find accommodation you can look at popular home-renting websites like airbnb or homeaway, or simply begin a google search. We are a family of 5 parents, husband, Infant and I. Is it a day trip from Venice or will you be stopping over? Would love to hear your input and thoughts about our upcoming trip…we will be in Milan on 21 December and depart on 30 December. The towns of Enna and Trapani host especially elaborate processions.
My husband and I are traveling to Italy next month we got a great airline price and decided to go for our 1st year wedding anniversary. We plan to spend a night in La Spezia and take a day trip to cinqterre. I would like a few days at beach so can you recommend one. Head to Naples to try traditional Neapolitan pizza and sample their tradition-infused coffee culture. You can plug in your destinations on the website to get an idea of your different transportation options, including the estimated distance, time and price. I can either keep the car or just catch a train, any thoughts. Hi Floyd, We suggest you start south and work your way up, to minimize transit time.
I have a small anatomy museum I want to see in Florence. This is such a helpful blog! The best time to visit is between November and April except Easter week, and between mid-December and early January , when fewer busloads of tourists crowd the narrow streets. Hi Kimberly, Those day trips are absolutely feasible, though keep in mind that they are all roughly two hours away by train! For loves of art and history, the Uffizi Palace will provide hours of engagement. Having spent weeks in Radda in Chianti I know this is where I should be. Perhaps you can save time with efficient, expertly led tours.
We have never been before and would love to see and do as much as possible. I am open to suggestions, we will also be booking some tours through you as well. I want Rome to be my last destination in Italy so that I can fly out to Mumbai. Glad I stumbled upon this site. Get the most of your time with guided tours. You might like, however, our day trip to to discover the ruins of Pompeii with an expert guide, enjoy a relaxed Amalfi Coast drive and wander the streets of Positano! Italy has more major tourist cities than most countries.
I and my two young adult daughters will be traveling to Italy for the first time in May 2018. Many purchases have special statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary that are paraded around the city, or displayed in the main square. Florence Cathedral Source: Florence Cathedral Possibly the most celebrated cathedral in the world, the Duomo as it is simply known in Florence is the jewel of the city. Planning your travel in Florence If you choose to fly, there are three airports serving Florence and they vary according to which airline you use. The three sets of bronze doors are of particular interest and depict various religious scenes and human virtues. Should I give up one for the other or just stick to the original plan? It seems to me they are seeing the success of Ditta and want to join in on the innovative coffee trend. We will have 3-4 days on this 2nd leg of our trip.