Last leg of trip - 3.5 days in Florence

Old Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:37 PM
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Last leg of trip - 3.5 days in Florence

It took us a little over a week but we finally booked our airline tickets and hotels for our Italy trip!

We get to Rome on 9/30 and head to Sorrento on 10/2. We leave Sorrento on Tuesday, 10/6 and arrive in Florence for the last leg of our trip. I'm guessing we'll get there in the late afternoon. I'm still looking at the train schedule from Naples.

Our flight is early (7:30 am) on Saturday, 10/10 so we have about 3.5 days in Florence. My husband and I are not serious art lovers so the Uffizi and Accademia are not high on our list. I know they are a must-see for a lot of people. We're staying in a B&B close to the Duomo, which we're excited to visit. We're looking forward to walking around, taking pictures, and eating.

We want to do a day trip to Siena (bus). We decided to skip Pisa. I'm thinking we need to do that on Wednesday or Thursday since Friday should be for rest and relaxation before our long journey back to the US West Coast. Are there any 1/2 day trips we could do? Or is there another place we should also visit on our Siena trip?

If not, I'm content with spending time in Florence and doing one day trip to Siena. I just want to make sure I'm not missing something since I don't know when we'll be back to Italy.

Suggestions?

Thanks as always.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:43 PM
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The Duomo in Florence actually better looking on the outside. Don't miss the interior of the Duomo in Siena however (or the Piccolomini library just adjacent).
On your day trip to Siena it might be possible to include San Gimignano en route.
For a half day trip out of Florence, hard to beat an escorted drive into the countryside with the 500 Touring Club - in a vintage Fiat 500. Takes about three hours for their wine tasting trip.
Bus trip out to Greve takes about five hours, if you factor in time for lunch in the town square and a walk afterwards to Montfioralle. SITA bus offers a regular service.
Restaurants you might try: Mugolone in Siena (close to the Campo) or Osteria de Que Ganzi in Florence.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:04 PM
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The best is if you rent a car when you are in Florence and tour the surroudnings of Florence. It is amazing! I say you should use the car because public transportation in Italy is not really functional. Lots of delays, especially by train and your risk to waste a lot of time...
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Old Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:08 PM
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We haven't decided on driving anywhere but my husband is getting an international driver's license just in case.

If we were to do Siena and San Gimignano, which one should we go to first?

I'm reading about the 500 Touring Club.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:16 PM
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You could take the local bus #7 in Florence to Fiesole, a small town on a hillside overlooking Florence. It's a lovely place to watch the sunset over the city.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:31 PM
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In case anyone else has the same question, I found this site:
http://www.letsgo.com/10515-tuscany-...rom_florence-c
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