Need input for April in Florence/Tuscany

Old Oct 29th, 2000, 09:31 PM
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Carin
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Need input for April in Florence/Tuscany

Help! We're hoping to go to Tuscany April 12 (Holy Thursday) -April 22, 2001. (The only other time we can go is July, we'd have more $ and time then, but no one seems to think that's a good idea - too expensive, hot, and crowded.)Would it be best to stay in Florence the entire time or to do the 2 days in Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Florence, Arezzo, etc.? Should we fly to Pisa, drive & stay in the hilltowns and then drop the car off and stay in Florence last? What are your best recommendations for lodging in these cities (I've heard great things about the Hotel Casci from many of you - and it's available!) Also, is it best to book the flights or the hotel reservaitons first? Thank you in advance - I have found SO much great information from this site! Mille grazie!


By the way, is ANYONE out there as big a fan of E.M. Forster's/MerchantIvory "A Room With a View" as I am?? Are there any barley fields in which to picnic (and kiss) on a mackintosh square?
 
Old Oct 29th, 2000, 09:35 PM
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Oops! I forgot - we're going to celebrate our 10th anniversary - what's the most romantic thing to do in Tuscany? Thanks!
 
Old Oct 30th, 2000, 04:57 AM
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Hi Carin

Re A Room With A View, you might already know this, but some of "A Room With A View" was filmed at the Hotel Loggiata dei Serviti in Florence.
I believe the "field scene" was supposed to take place outside of Fiesole, but I don't know where it was actually filmed.
There was also a book by one of the film's creators:
Ismail Merchant's Florence : Filming and Feasting in Tuscany/70 Recipes by Ismail Merchant, Derrick Santini(Photographer)
which has gorgeous photos of the area where the film was made, including indications of the locations. The book is I believe out of print but Amazon can search for it for free.

I would check with my airline to at least assure availability of seats on the flights for the time you want to go.
Then check with a few of your preferred hotels to find out room availability.
Once you know what is and isn't available, you can make your final arrangements.
I have a file on Florence and Siena; if you'd like to see it, email me.
 
Old Oct 31st, 2000, 02:48 AM
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Hello Carin, there is a good site where you can find all information about Tuscany. You can also contact a guide if you have any questions. It' s free. I have planned a great trip with him.
http://www.edreams.com/edreams/engli...IDEID=75800076
Hopefully this can help.
ClaudiaMaria

 
Old Oct 31st, 2000, 09:57 AM
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We just got back from Florence. I wouldnt spend more than 3 or 4 days there. We stayed at hotel Belletinni. www.firenze.net/hotelbellettini or e-mail [email protected]
I would highly reccomend this hotel room 26 was 200.000 Lira (about 88.00 US) inc brkfast of cereal coffee jicue breads yogurt etc. The location was great near train stat and near the duomo and lots of nice inexpensive restarants in the area. We went to Accadamia but not Uffizi as the line was to long. Also on the hotel some of the rooms off the lobby may have been noisy but ours was quiet. We had a king bed and nice armoire and interesting bathroom setup.
 
Old Oct 31st, 2000, 01:24 PM
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Carin,

First, congrats on your 10th anniversary - Italy is a marvelous place to celebrate. Florence is my favorite place in the whole world & even I wouldn't want to spend a week there. The places you chosen sound good, however, you may want to cut 1 town out being that you don't want to feel "rushed." Dropping off the car prior to Florence is a great idea - We drove to Florence once & it was a nightmare. ANY place in Tuscany is romantic but I know of an absolute romantic restaurant in chianti - I'm not sure if you are staying there. If you are and would like the name, please write me directly. Good luck - Italy is a great place - I'm jealous!

Mary
 
Old Oct 31st, 2000, 01:26 PM
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Carin,

I forgot to add....I went to Tuscany in July & got the same advice prior to going. The weather was BEAUTIFUL - in fact, we needed jackets at night in Tuscany. The crowds don't bother me & the exchange rate was at its lowest. I wouldn't want to go to Europe any other time...also, the Torre Guelfa is a nice hotel for Firenze.

Mary
 
Old Oct 31st, 2000, 02:49 PM
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There is SO MUCH to see in Florence! You'll only scratch the surface in a week! To live like a Florentine, or Tuscan for that matter, you should rent your own place, to live like a true local. With 10 days to spend and an anniversary to enjoy, I'd recommend Florence + Sienna/countryside, 5/5 or 7/3. For villa/apartment rentals in Italy, i'd recommend the specialists www.rentvillas.com. Speak to the owner, Suzanne Pidduck, Florence/Tuscany is her second home.
For more info on your trip, check:
- Tourist info, www.italiantourism.com
- Italian art/sights, www.thais.it
- Italy tours and practical info,
www.initaly.com
- Florence, www.livingguidebook.com
 
Old Oct 31st, 2000, 05:21 PM
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Thank you! I'm going to look into all the information you posted. I find it interesting that a few of you say a week is too long for Florence - that's good enough for me! I do want to see the countryside, but I was afraid it wouldn't leave enough time to see the best parts of the city itself. Thanks again!
 
Old Oct 31st, 2000, 05:22 PM
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Suggest at least 5 night, in Florence, maybe one or two in Siena (or a long all-day day trip there), one in Cortona (so you can see the morning mist and the evening lifestyle of the town in addition to exploring the Etruscan sites during the day), also either day trips or overnight in Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, and be sure to see the countryside.
 
Old Nov 3rd, 2000, 07:12 AM
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carin, have fun in Tuscany...I was born in Florence, so I have a pratiality to it! BUT, do not miss the treasures outside of Florence...Montalcino, Volterra, Radda in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, San Gimignano. They are antique treasures, where you can sit in a castle-turned-winery, sip great local wines and pinch yourself to believe what surrounds you. In July, there are vast oceans of sunfower fields; an absolute wonderful time to go.
Have fun and enjoy....take time to spend in local stuff rather than trying to race to the major attractions!
 
Old Nov 3rd, 2000, 09:54 AM
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Eat at the Dog & Cat in Siena. Best meal I've ever had--go hungry. It's about 8 courses. It's expensive, but well worth the experience. You need reservations because it only has about 8 tables. I think it is translated Cane & Gatto (sp?). Marilyn
 
Old Nov 6th, 2000, 05:48 PM
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Carin,

Amy and I spent 2 days in Florence last year for our 15 day honeymoon. For our first anniversary we are going back to europe and spending another 2 days in Florence. We went to Switzerland, Italy and Germany for our honeymoon and found Florence to be one place we wanted to return to. We stayed and loved the Hotel Lungarno. Expensive, though well worth it. Try to stay at least 3 days in Florence so you can see most of the major sights. They have great shopping at the outdoor markets and Florence is not so big you cannot walk it. Have Fun!
 

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