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What to do in Florence

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Hi from freezing cold Canada everyone! I am planning to be in Florence this July for three nights (so technically 2.5 days with my travelling between places). It will be a Thurs-Sun.

One of the things I would love to do is a Vespa wine tour in Tuscany and it came highly suggested. Any ideas of a company that does this that has a great itinerary and route?
Ellenem (someone who is helping me on another forum) has suggested some things to do my second day there:

" For me, I think it would be pleasant to take the bus to Piazzale Michelangelo in the morning, visit San Minato al Monte, and then walk down the hill to the Oltrarno and back to central Florence. It is always surprising to see the view of the green hills and city walls from this viewpoint. From Piazzale Michelangelo, I always walk back into the city, walking down the steep Via di San Salvatore al Monte, a pedestrian-only walk past green gardens and enter the city at Porta San Niccolo. Then I usually follow the Via San Niccolo to Via Bardi, eventually to the Ponte Vecchio. You might stop someplace for lunch on this quieter side of the river or explore some of these smaller streets with artisans shops."

I have to ask - is it worth it to do the trip to Cinque Terre from Florence (hiking day trip)? It looks unbelievable there but I know it is very far and we will be doing the Amalfi Coast in our trip.

I also hear some wonderful things about the hilltowns in Tuscany (e.g., san gimignano, Montalcino, Siena, etc.) Should I be doing these at all when in the area? Where are these in relation to Florence? I am staying right near the Duomo.

We will not have a car. We will be coming in from Rome then after Florence will head to Venice for our final 2 nights.

Also nightlife: I hear Florence is great for this - we are not huge partiers but hey it is vacation! Somewhere we should go?

Also would love a favourite restaurant/food place...not too expensive please! We have budgeted 140 euro maximum a day for both of us :)

Thanks!!!

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