Florence & Tuscany

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Tuscany

With coast along the Tyrrhenian Sea, mountains, hill towns and fields there is something for everyone in Tuscany. All of this region is breathtaking. There are six locations in Tuscany on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites: Florence’s historic center, Siena’s historic center, Pisa’s cathedral square, San Gimignano’s historic center, Pienza’s historic center and the entire Val d’Orcia. Don’t forget to try the amazing chianti.

Getting Around
Dayna F: Trains are the fastest and cheapest way to get around most of Europe, however a few of the hill towns in Tuscany can only be reached by bus. On the up side these cities are less frequented by tourists and the drive is usually more picturesque than the train routes. This page, though in Italian, can help you find a bus in the area of Tuscany you are interested in seeing.

Florence

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Taylor J:  This is a city where it pays to explore.  Florence was the capital of the Renaissance and it has maintained much of its historic feel.  Ponte Vecchio is a must see and is one of the few remaining bridges in Florence that was not destroyed by the retreating German army. Seeing Michelangelo’s David was really cool.

As the Locals Do
Dayna F: Moretti is the beer of Florence.

Hot Spots
Kristen F: There’s a great discoteca, Space Electronica, that is quite fun and safe.

Eat Your Heart Out
Olga C: I recomend il Contadino, a tratoria near the train station at Via Palazzuolo 69. When I was there the daily four course meal, bread and wine was 11e. It is a family-run place, great service and food. Another great Trattoria is Mario near the big market. We waited 20 min to get in, but it was worth the wait. There were a lot of locals and it was 10e for 2 dishes, bread, wine, water and vegetables.
ResturantRow: Vivoli il Gelato is a world famous gelataria known for their Silavan ice cream machine. It is located a few blocks north of Santa Croce on Piazza San Simone.


Shop ’til you Drop
Dayna F: Definitely check out the leather market for anything from jackets to purses to shoes! There are two of them. The largest is along Via dell’Ariento by Piazza San Lorenzo while the other is Mercato Nuovo under the loggia between Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo near Via Porta Rossa and Via Calimala.

Home Base
Kristen F: Hotel Il Perseo, which is Via dei Cerretani, 1.  (www.hotelperseo.com).  It’s very economical, in a great location, and is good for groups.

Break Away
Kristen F: When you get tired of Italian food, and trust me, you will – there is an okay Mexican place called Eby’s; it’s at Via dell’Oriuolo 5; phone is 055 24 00 27.  Very close to the Duomo and Il Perseo.

ResturantRow: Vivoli il Gelato is a world famous gelataria known for their Silavan ice cream machine. It is located a few blocks north of Santa Croce on Piazza San Simone.

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