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eschule Jul 24th, 2003 10:43 AM

Tuscany Towns on a Sunday
We have an extra day planned for a day trip out of Florence. Due to scheduling which is far to drawn out to explain, this day will be a Sunday. Pardon my ignorance but are many of the towns in Central and Eastern Tuscany worth visting on this day of the week (not Siena).

For example, if we were to drive through Chianti would you expect the wineries to be closed? If we ventured to San Gimignano and Volterra or instead to Lucca would the small shops and cafes be closed?

Trying to decide between these various cities/towns and wanted to know if anyone had insight.

Thanks again.

eschule Jul 24th, 2003 10:44 AM

sorry meant Western Tuscany as well.

gottatravel_europe Jul 24th, 2003 01:17 PM

We went to Lucca on a Sunday very recently and found it to be mostly quiet in regards to other tourists but things were open - we had no problems and had a really wonderful time - great place. We also stopped by Pisa on the same day (in late afternoon)... it was more crowded and things were also open.

casanic Jul 25th, 2003 05:48 PM

We spent a Sunday afternoon in Lucca, and most stores were closed so we just wandered around, visited the cathedral, etc. It was very quiet. We were delighted when around 5 p.m., all the residents came out for their "passeggiata", and many stores and bars opened for the evening. (There were a few, but very few, places open at lunchtime).

hazmarty Jul 26th, 2003 09:39 PM

We found Pisa around the tower and duomo to be active, Lucca to be quiet, and San Gimignano to be quite active...all on a Sunday in late May

Rick Jul 28th, 2003 11:36 AM

My guess is the higher the tourist quotient the less chance of finding things closed on Sunday. Our experience was with Florence and Assisi where nothing we were interested in was closed even for lunch.

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