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EW Jan 31st, 2003 10:15 PM

Off the beaten path in Florence...
 
<BR> <BR>I'm wondering if anyone might know of something romantic to do while in Florence. I know the city itself is incredibly romantic, the museums are amazing and all. You see, we'll be there on our honeymoon and I'd like to do something just incredible.<BR><BR>I thought of a balloon ride or something, but I can't seem to find any listing of something like that. Anyone?

andy Jan 31st, 2003 11:48 PM

Found this link for you:<BR><BR>http://www.ballooningintuscany.com/<BR><BR>and this one:<BR><BR>http://www.vacationhomes-tuscany.com/balonE.asp<BR><BR>and this one:<BR><BR>http://www.italian.it/balloonport/<BR><BR>Hope this helps!

EW Feb 9th, 2003 09:02 PM

<BR> <BR>Thank you, andy! I hope that you see that I found your reply and appreciate it.<BR><BR>E<BR>[email protected]

Andrea_expat Feb 10th, 2003 02:49 AM

Hopefully someone can help with the details, because I didn't make it there . . . <BR><BR>On the &quot;other&quot; side of the river, there is a church on a hill next to a piazza or something Michealangelo. Every day at 4:30, the monks to Gregorian chants in the church, and then you can go to the piazza for a glass of wine for a great view of the sun setting over the city. As I said, we didn't do this, so I can't help with more details (although I'll research them if no one else knows what place I mean), but it was recommended by a guide we had &amp; sounded lovely.

Ann1 Feb 10th, 2003 04:13 AM

Andrea, I think you're talking about Piazzale Michelangelo. There are two churches right there. One I don't know the name of and the other is San Mineato (I think tthat's the spelling) EW can check with her hotel about the chanting.

ira Feb 10th, 2003 07:04 AM

Hi EW,<BR> I'm told that having a drink on the veranda of the Villa San Michele in Fiesole (Via doccia 4)at sunset is quite romantic.<BR> You can reach it by #7 bus from the train station.

nkh Feb 10th, 2003 07:53 AM

We went to Florence on our honeymoon and actually found that the quiet things were the most romantic and welcome after all of the wedding hype. The walk up to San Miniato was very nice - church is peaceful, view is beautiful but of course in the main tourist &quot;scope&quot;.<BR><BR>A walk in the Boboli Gardens at dusk is hard to beat - tends to be very quiet, but remember it closes at sunset.<BR><BR>One wonderful slightly less common excursion we took was sort of mentioned by the previous poster (recommended by a friend of mine who is an archaeologist)<BR><BR>We visited the Mercato Centrale (food market where the locals shop - dont pick up the produce by the way!) and bought picnic food (fresh bread, prosciutto, bottle of chianti, tomatoes and cheese-remember cups, bottle opener and knife - swiss army knife is a wonderful thing!) and caught the bus to Fiesole, a small town in the hills above Florence.<BR><BR>They have the oldest still used Roman ampitheatre in Europe, and there are some wonderful ruins of Roman baths and a temple complex - all green and very few tourists (and this was in July!) We had our picnic under the olive trees by the bath ruins in the bright sunshine - beautiful views and weather, so quiet. We then went the small museum and walked up the (steep!) road to the town church - there is a magical view of Florence laid out at your feet. Also, we were there on a Saturday, and a wedding just finished at the church - nothing like seeing someone else getting married when the experience is so new to you to make you go all misty-eyed.......<BR><BR>A vineyard tour was very enjoyable, but tended to be a group tour.<BR><BR>There is a great restaurant called &quot;Aqua al Duo&quot; (or Due?) &quot;water for two&quot; where all dishes are for two people - busy and bustling but also romantic.<BR><BR>Just walking in the evening (9pm or later) in the dusk in Florence as everyone comes out to stroll and have gelato or watermelon etc. in the squares is wonderful.<BR><BR>I wouldnt worry too much about finding an &quot;adventure&quot; excursion, there is so much to do that it isnt necessary. This is speaking as someone who had a wonderful honeymoon in Florence without the balloon ride or similar...... book that for your first anniversary instead! :-)<BR><BR>Have a great trip - it is a wonderful place to have a honeymoon.<BR>Practical advice for visiting Florence: Get a good guide book (ours was Dorling Kindersley eyewitness travel guides Florence and Tuscany - includes info on Fiesole). Also, places like the Uffizi have long lines to get into BUT it is actually possible to book tickets in advance and so you can walk in and not waste 2 hours in line.

EW Feb 11th, 2003 07:52 PM

<BR> <BR>Thank you all for the suggestions! I am so looking forward to this now!<BR><BR>EW <BR>[email protected]


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