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VERY short trip - need your advice, please!

VERY short trip - need your advice, please!

Dec 25th, 2013, 03:53 PM
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VERY short trip - need your advice, please!

Hello -

My husband and I are heading to Tuscany (via Milan) in early March for our anniversary, and I am in humble need of your advice on where to base ourselves, what to do and where to go. My priorities are to have a romantic trip, while seeing the main sights, visit the best wineries (we like Chianti, Montepulciano and organic/biodynamic wines) and eat great cuisine with the locals. I also am in the technology business, so I must be able to access decent wifi anywhere we stay.

The reason we are not staying in Milan is because shopping and fashion are fun, but not totally our thing.

We are in town for 4 days, 3 nights and our days look like this -

1st night: Arrive to Milano Linate, take TrenItalia to Florence via Milan Garibaldi station. Arrive to Florence at approx. 4pm.
2nd night: OPEN
3rd night: OPEN (should arrive back to Milan by the evening, to check into hotel and depart early for the following day's flight)
4th day: Depart Milano Malpensa 9am back to NYC

Looking forward to all your advice and suggestions.

Thank you!
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Dec 25th, 2013, 06:15 PM
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Early March is quite early for Tuscany---I would expect chilly weather. And, the wineries may not be open for visitors.
I would stay in Florence those 2 nigts and hire a private driver for a tour of Chianti, weather permitting. Luca Garapa at HILLS AND ROADS is a good choice.
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Dec 26th, 2013, 01:56 AM
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Excellent advice from Bob.
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Dec 26th, 2013, 04:45 AM
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What Bob said. Maybe little excursions to Pisa (train) and/or Siena (bus)?
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Dec 26th, 2013, 05:56 AM
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You do havae a short time - better to stay in Florence as everyone recommends.
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Dec 26th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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I suppose you know that there are only 2 (two) fast afternoon TRENITALIA trains (dp 14.12 and 15.12) from Porta Garibaldi to Florence (those of ITALOTRENO run more or less every hour) whereas TRENITALIA trains from Milano Centrale leave every 30 to 60 min.

Wouldn't it be easier to spend the last night in a hotel close to the airport (with airport shuttle)? There are plenty of them!
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Dec 26th, 2013, 06:17 AM
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I would just take in Florence. So much to see just there.
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