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25th Anniversary Trip to Florence, Tuscany

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I’m turning to my trusty Fodorites to help me plan our belated 25th anniversary to Italy. We just had our 25th anniversary in December and hubby (B) was out-of-town for it! Having an anniversary in December has proven tricky over the years. We are usually so busy, and tapped out $ wise that we do something quick and cheap, if anything! We promised ourselves we would celebrate this anniversary big time. And of course B has his big Five Oh coming up in April. Italy it is!

We are flying into Rome on Sunday 5/5 and leaving Sunday 5/12. While a week might not seem long to most people, it is the longest vacation we have ever taken, and the first one abroad without our children.

5/5 Arrive
5/5-5/8 Florence
5/8 -5/10 Montepulciano or San Gimignano (other suggestion?)
5/10-5/12 Rome

Our flight arrives Sunday morning and our plan is to take the train on Sunday straight to Florence. I would love for any suggestions as to where to stay. We will be in Florence for 3 nights. Our budget is around $150 per night but would be willing to be flexible for a really fabulous place. A bed and breakfast would be really nice. Historic building a plus!

5/6 I have reserved a bike tour http://www.ibiketuscany.com/tours/view/e-bike-tour which includes the area near Chianti, wine/olive oil tasting, lunch at a winery. Best part is these are electric bikes. You can pedal as much or as little as you want.

5/7 http://www.tasteflorence.com/ I’m really excited about this! It goes until 2:30 so we still have a good portion of the day. Could we fit in The Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia here?

5/8-5/10 rent a car and drive to a small town in Tuscany. Suggestions of town welcome. Would be willing to spend more here. Suggestions for an agritourismo or Palazzo? Day trips to wineries? Wandering and shopping.

5/11 Rome Vatican & Sistine Chapel (B’s choice) or Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Forum etc. (my choice). We will be flying out the following day. Is it recommended to stay closer to the airport or is it easy to get to the airport? Our flight leaves at 9:40 a.m.

It might seem sacrilegious to only spend one day in Rome, but we want to focus this trip more on the countryside and people, shopping and eating than museums and churches. Since we have so little time, this is what we thought would be best for us.

I am open to critiques, suggestions and adjustments!
Thanks in advance!

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