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Would you be so kind to recommend a city in Tuscany for me to run away to for one month?

Would you be so kind to recommend a city in Tuscany for me to run away to for one month?

Jul 13th, 2002, 10:23 AM
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Hi again. I am the Angeleno recommended Lucca on your first thread. I thought it would be a great choice for getting to coastal villages, as well as too "art" destinations like Florence (sorry to let you down about it being unlikely to see Jude Law sunbathing in January).

Now that I see that you are leaning more towards an inland city, I would definitely go with Florence. That time of year the crowds are at their least, and it is only and hour to Siena and 90 minutes to Lucca, plus there are a multitude of Tuscan towns which would take you more than a month to exhaust. If you still want to get a coastal fix, take and overnight trip to the Cinque Terre. At that time of year you can show up and ask around for a room. I have landed rates of 50.000 lire at the time (about 25 euro today).

Post any other questions if you have them. Have fun!

Jul 13th, 2002, 10:27 AM
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I just wanted to be clear in my post above that by "overnight trip to the Cinque Terre" you understood that this is not an overnight train trip. The train trip is less than 3 hours from Florence; however, I was suggesting one night there so that you aren't traveling all day, yet still keeping it affordable. FYI, the town I stayed in on 4 occasions was Vernazza.
Jul 13th, 2002, 09:27 PM
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Russ, thanks for your post and e-mail. I did reply to your email with one question. Since I feel it's redundant to ask again, I won't post it here.

Don't be sorry about your news of Jude Law. I'm really OK on it. He's married, and I don't touch married men.

However, I will seek consolation by finding an alternative cute guy...if not sunbathing, perhaps looking irresistibly and adorably intellectual gazing at a painting at the Uffizi.
Jul 13th, 2002, 10:44 PM
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I think that your instincts are correct. Stay in Florence and make day trips to Siena, Lucca and points in between. That way you will have things to do right in town on days that you don't feel like traveling.

Florence is only 1 to 3 degrees colder than Lucca or Pisa, which are very close to each other, but Florence has slightly less rain in the winter. If you want to check out the details, here are links to a good weather site:

Pisa (and by association, Lucca) weather


Florence weather


You will see that highs in either place are 49 - 54 degrees in Jan and Feb. Feel free to ask me any other questions, and have fun planning.


P.S. I just saw Road to Perdition. Great film, but Jude Law's character will put you off of him forever.
Jul 15th, 2002, 05:52 AM
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Thanks again Russ!

And a thanks to everyone else. I have all but decided on Florence, and am very confident it is the right decision for me.

On to the next stage of trip planning!
Jul 15th, 2002, 06:07 AM
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While in the Florence area, don't forget to visit Vinci (home of Leonardo). They've got a very interesting museum with his inventions, the town is very pretty and you can visit his home. It's about 30 minutes south by car.
Jul 16th, 2002, 07:30 AM
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(Vinci is west of Florence, not south.)

I think Florence would be best, too, because more central to both south and costal Tuscany.

We just stayed in very nice apartments on the Borgo San Lorenzo, half way between the Duomo and San Lorenzo, on a pedestrian street. There is a one-bedroom apartment, it is a great location and really nice owner/landlady. The apartments are advertised on Vacations-Abroad website.

If you are looking for a smaller town, what about that one up on the hill East, overlooking Florence (can't remember the name of it, though). You can take a bus into the city and train station. Friends say it is the best combination of location and small town.
Sep 20th, 2002, 12:10 PM
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I would recommend Siena. In terms of atmosphere and ambiance, Florence seems like a shopping mall in comparison. Siena is a much better escape.
Sep 21st, 2002, 08:34 AM
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Have a look at www.calboccia.com. When I dream of running away, this is where I dream of running away to.
Sep 21st, 2002, 09:15 AM
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Wanna come to my house? a village of 300 inhabitants, you are welcome!!
Sep 22nd, 2002, 01:02 PM
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Dario, where is it that you live? If it's near Florence, I'll swing on by!

Thanks for the suggestions to the most recent posters. I did pick Florence for a quite a few reasons, but I will be sure to spend some time in Siena.
Sep 23rd, 2002, 05:11 AM
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Just putting in my vote for Florence. I always think, when the weather's chilly, a good vibrant city is what you need, and florence has the advantage of being so much more than a tourist town.

If it were me, I would look to rent an apartment in the Santa Croce area which I sort of regard as the "Left Bank" of Florence. And be sure to eat at Francescano's!

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