3 days outside of Florence

Old Jan 17th, 2008, 04:23 PM
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3 days outside of Florence

Tim and I have secured FF tickets to Europe for our 5th anniversary this August.

We are first spending a few days in Amsterdam (which we love) and then will spend 3 full days around Florence.

We arrive at 2pm on a Friday (FLR airport) and depart at 6:00am on Tuesday.

Where do you suggest we visit?
We have been to Florence (once for Tim, twice for me) before and are heading there again with our families following a May destination wedding. So we don't need to spend much time in Florence itself.

We don't really want to rent a car, but could.

We love scenery, long meals, drinking wine, relaxing, casual strolls, etc. We're on somewhat of a budget (accommodation under 150E?) because we'll also be in Italy in May.

Any suggestions?

Thanks so much, Fodorites!
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 04:24 PM
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Oh and the fewer crowds and the cooler weather, the better!
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 07:03 PM
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I've been researching... what do you think about Siena meeting our requests?
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 07:14 PM
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There aren't too many places other than Florence and perhaps Siena where I would suggest a three-day stay without a car. Tuscany just doesn't lens itself to that. Is there a reason you wouldn't rent a car for that period?
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 07:26 PM
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"lend itself", sorry.

If you are looking for specific towns and are willing to rent a car, there are plenty of suggestions on this board.

Maitaitom's excellent Tuscan trip report was just topped. Stu Dudley has a ton of great suggestions here and at slowtrav.com, I believe.

We stayed in San Gimigniano and loved it, though less so during the day. It gets crowded in season, but terrific before 10:00AM and after 6:00PM. We also rented a villa not far from Lastra a Signa, a 15-min drive to Florence. I love Greve and the environs -- 30 min drive to Fl.

There are lots of other options. You can rarely go wrong in Tuscany

Good luck!
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Old Jan 18th, 2008, 05:45 AM
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Hi Liz,

I suggest Siena or San Gimignano.

Have you visited Fiesole from Florence?

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Old Jan 18th, 2008, 08:02 AM
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The casual mode you are describing spells Lucca to me. Siena is a good hub to see parts of south Tuscany, but Lucca is less touristy but still a lovely mid-size Tuscan city.
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