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    patchdad is offline
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    We're headed to Florence at the end of September and wondered if anyone has any not-to- be-missed recommendations for Florence and Tuscany. We'll be using an apartment in Florence as home base, we were in Florence for just a day a year ago on a cruise and loved it and knew there was a lot more to see and do - would love any recommendations!

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    amyb is online now
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    We took our car and hit the road and stopped at the Verrazano Winery, villa and gardens. Just lovely. You can also pre book lunch there. It was the birthplace of the explorer. The Verrazano family sent bricks to NY to use on the bridge, and we sent some there-they are mounted on the walls.

    Then a bit further into Tuscany is the city of Sienna-a must on many lists.
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    andynap is online now
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    Well of course the Uffizzi and David- get tickets online- saves much time. All of Chianti, San Gimignano- and Trattoria Ciri Biri inside the gates- and Sienna and so on. We loved Tuscany- we were there 2 weeks.


    Andy

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    andynap is online now
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    I forgot Lucca and Montepulciano and Montelcino and Volterra.


    Andy

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    amyb is online now
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    Italy is wonderful-I have enjoyed every visit there. Bellaggio was grand. Driving around Lake Como was grand. You will just have to plan a revisit there as well.

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    JEK is offline
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    We took an Arno river cruise on a sand boat -- think working gondola. Only a few of these boats left.

    http://www.guidedflorencetours.com/p...ts-river-arno/
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    JEK is offline
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    Also, go to the Four Seasons for drinks and dinner -- the most spectacular Four Seasons in the collection.

    Some more ideas here
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    MIke R is offline
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    you cant go to Florence and not see David...that is the #1 thing to do...it will blow you away....and be very careful as there are many skilled gypsy pick pocketers in Florence..especially around the Bridge of Gold

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    andynap is online now
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    They are all over- watch the ones with kids- a diversion.


    Andy

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    MIke R is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andynap
    They are all over- watch the ones with kids- a diversion.
    yep- thats the game....
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    Petri is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike R
    and be very careful as there are many skilled gypsy pick pocketers in Florence..
    So true! It's the only place where I've been pick pocketed. Luckily I noticed the missing wallet in about 10 seconds, gave my luggage to Laura, rushed back to the gypsies and said a finnish swearword and they handed back my wallet untouched.

    In that region, have plenty of Bistecca alla Fiorentina's.

    I'd try to head to small villages on top of the hills as much as possible. The regional map by Michelin (available at the Autogrills) has plenty of roads marked as scenery and they really are. Just drive around and you'll guaranteed to find nice wineries, real people, local athmosphere, beautiful vista and the perfect lunch spots.

    The bigger cities and tourist "must-do's" get really crowded during the summer and the season is still at full swing in September.

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    JEK is offline
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    Paris is not exactly a gypsy-free zone either.
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    amyb is online now
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    Mike you are so right about DAVID. As the line moved forward, and I turned the corner and beheld that glorious statue, I was so overcome-it truly took my breath away!
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    MIke R is offline
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    makes you realize just how much we underachieve when you see it....LOL
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    patchdad is offline
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    Grazie, for all the quick replies - can't wait to start planning!

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    andynap is online now
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    You can grill Phyllis tonight


    Andy

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    further into Tuscany is the city of Sienna-a must on many lists.

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    Re: Florence

    I'm stuck in Tuscany for next 3 weeks, what am I to do/see besides what's been suggested above? Staying near Siena... last minute work related trip, but free evenings and weekends. Didn't get a chance to plan ahead. Grazie!

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    Re: Florence

    Went to San Gimignano and Volterra today... Bellissimo :)
    Perfect weather too!

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: Florence

    Keep the photos coming. Florence is a great destination. In fact all of Italy is super to visit.
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    Re: Florence

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Keep the photos coming. Florence is a great destination. In fact all of Italy is super to visit.


    +1
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    Re: Florence

    Love the shots, George . . . sounds like a perfect trip!

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    We just love to get up in the morning with no plan other than maybe a museum and start walking. We wander into Trattorias and Ristorantes that locals such as shop owners and people that live say in your apartment building recommend. Have fun!

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    debd is offline
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    Re: Florence

    All of the above. Enjoy!!

    George, love the pictures.

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    george is offline
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    Re: Florence

    Visited Montalcino on sunday...

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    Re: Florence

    Just loving your archway photo! Amy
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    cec1 is online now
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    Re: Florence

    Stunning!

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    george is offline
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    Grazie! Tried to upload more photos, but interent connection too slooooow here... SB like speeds

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    Re: Florence

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Mike you are so right about DAVID. As the line moved forward, and I turned the corner and beheld that glorious statue, I was so overcome-it truly took my breath away!
    I agree.
    I studied art history in college (and probably saw photographs of David hundreds of times), and seeing the David statue for real still took my breath away.
    Definitely get tickets in advance.

    I didn't love the Uffizi, but there is a little restaurant across the Arno, I think called something like "The Laughing Boar" which was great. It's hard to beat the food in Florence. And have some gelato (you won't be sorry for having wasted the calories on it).

    We also went to a little town in Tuscany called Rada, which was a really cute hilltop city (and had a fun, local wine enoteca), and drove to Sienna, which was beautiful. Sienna is also where we got cussed out by an older Italian guy for committing a parking faux pas (at least we think he was cussing us out, it was in Italian, and we didn't understand).
    The driving maps are not great, even from the rental car companies, so caveat emptor. (we actually spent some time in a town in Tuscany, that we actually thought was another town, but it was still nice).

    You will have a great trip! We loved Italy (and we only saw Venice and Florence).
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    Re: Florence

    The Ponte Vecchio still has great Italian designed gold jewelry but you have to bargain hard!

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