Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Travel in Tuscany

Jump to last reply

We just returned from Italy and even though the weather was colder and wetter than it had been in 60 years, we had a marvelous experience. We spent two days in Florence, a week in a villa in Tuscany and 4 days in Amalfi.

We had been to Italy many times so we decided to go places we had not been before, except Florence. We stayed in the Giglio Hotel, a very old quaint hotel near the duomo. You can look at reviews online, but we loved it. It was a perfect location to walk to the center plaza, a 20£ cab ride from the airport, and the staff were so helpful. Shopping is always a pleasure in Florence. I found a marvelous gloves only shop with good prices and top quality leather. The name is Pusateri.

The villa we booked through Villas.com was delightful. There were three couples. The villa is advertised as Villa Carmine, but is actually Casolare. It is part of the 1800 acre estate of the Villa Saletta. You can read the details online. We visited Lucca, Sienna, San Gimignano, Voltaire, Forcoli, Pistoia, And attempted to get to Cinque Terre, but it was too windy for the ferry so we just visited the port city of Portoverne.

We took the train from Florence to Naples and had a driver pick us up. Don't attempt to drive yourself to Amalfi. The roads are very steep and winding. We stayed at a five star hotel - Hotel Santa Caterina. Breathtaking, fabulous food, perfect service and spectacular views. We definitely will go back.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Forums Style Refresh
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 27, 15 at 11:33 AM
  • Introducing MeganM
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 15 at 03:23 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Amsterdam Trip Report
  2. 2 Sardinia but only 4 days..
  3. 3 Victoria and Albert Museum
  4. 4 Keeping in touch with young children while in Europe
  5. 5 Places for Solo Traveling Near Paris
  6. 6 Help on Norway please - too much to cover too little time.
  7. 7 Day on the Rhine
  8. 8 Hotel and activity recommendations in Basque Region??
  9. 9 Spain Itinerary
  10. 10 Please help with Itinerary Draft for Madrid, Andalucia
  11. 11 GYTHION and MYSTRAS
  12. 12 Croatian Itenerary Help
  13. 13 Naples and Salerno
  14. 14 Venice - things to do?
  15. 15 Euro quiz # 89 - Potpourri
  16. 16 Italian Lakes + Switzerland
  17. 17 French Government Endorses Airbnb in Paris...
  18. 18 Rental Car in Paris
  19. 19 Bernina and Glacier Express routes
  20. 20 France, Italy, Ireland ?
  21. 21 10-Day Road Trip From Germany Through Austria, Italy & Switzerland
  22. 22 Where to stay two nights before flying from Heathrow?
  23. 23 Two Twentysomethings in Central Europe ITINERARY
  24. 24 Cross Border Car Rental in Balkans
  25. 25 First time to London- which luxury hotel
View next 25 » Back to the top