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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.

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