September 2, 2013, 12:30 PM
Via Fiume - is like just one block from the train station, so I'd say you're even less than 5 minutes away ;-)
Do try to return the car in time - that way you save on parking and rental fees LOL!
Second half of October starts getting cooler, likely there will be some showers on some days making it cooler. But generally the temps are still very nice - light sweater weather for the most part, light jacket in the evenings.
September 3, 2013, 06:51 PM
I'm planing to go there and your suggestion is quite very useful for me, and i have the same question what kind of weather will be in the end of September?
September 4, 2013, 11:13 AM
Generally September-October has great weather with a few days of showers or thunderstorms that last just a day, making it cooler in mornings and evenings but still very pleasant during the day. It is a great time to come to Tuscany!
September 8, 2013, 03:04 PM
Thank you Lourdes!!!
We have one last question (I think....) - Will I be able to buy a pre-paid SIM card at the airport?
September 9, 2013, 11:22 AM
You're arriving at the Florence airport, right?
The airport has been going through a lot of expansion and new shops keep opening up - I was there last time in November and didn't see any electronics/phone related shops at all so my first instinct right now would be to say you can't. But I cannot be absolutely sure it isn't possible since things have certainly changed since then.
When you arrive, there should be an info point for tourists either in the baggage area or right after... ask right away so you know where to head to. I suggest ask just to double check, they should be able to tell you if you can buy one at the airport.
What you want is basically a place that sells phones and generally these shops are branded by carrier: TIM is the most popular and with the best coverage overall, but there is also Vodafone, "3" and Wind (these are the only carriers in Italy). General electronics shops also offer SIM cards if they sell cellphones. To buy a SIM card you generally have to leave a copy of your passport, so be prepared to show it. The phone shops are everywhere - so if you don't find one at the airport, I can assure you will find one anywhere else you head to (San Gimignano, Florence for sure).
September 10, 2013, 10:29 AM
September 10, 2013, 03:57 PM
You're welcome! Hope you can come back on the forum after your trip and let us know how everything turns out, what your impressions were of things and if you have any tips to recommend to others - I am sure it would be very useful!!
Hope you have a great time in Tuscany!
October 23, 2013, 08:27 AM
Buono giorno Lourdes
We spent 9 glorious days in Tuscany and Florence.
Driving in Tuscany was fairly easy as we had a GPS. We had a few comic moments at the toll and in the various parking lots. The farmhouse stay (Agritourismo Poggiacolle) was a good decision as the area was simply breathtaking and owner (Stefano) friendly and accommodating, giving us helpful suggestions on where to visit and what to do. He even helped arrange our winery tour and booked our restaurants in Florence.
We visited San Gimignano, Ponggibonsi, Sienna, Volterra, Certaldo and of course the Chianti area. We even managed a day trip to Reggello Outlet Mall - it was a lot more flexible changing our itinerary with a car.
We ended in Florence for the shopping and the Michelin Star restaurants. We skipped the popular tourist spots as all of us had been to Florence before - but Florence is still captivating no matter how many times you've been there.
Thanks so much for all your tips - it got us well-prepared for our trip.
October 24, 2013, 07:40 PM
Very glad to hear your vacation turned out well!
I agree, a GPS is a great invention for getting places nowadays, even we can't go without it nowadays ;-)
Do you mind telling us where you ended up for the winery tour and how you liked it? If you would recommend it to others...?
What did you think of the shopping in Reggello? I agree, with a car, you have that flexibility for moving about that you just can't have without.... did you find driving ok?
October 25, 2013, 02:13 AM
We went to a winery called Diovole at Vagliagli. We took the wine tasting tour (around an hour) which included a visit to the historic cellar, tasting different wines with some traditional nibbles and some information about wine-growing and history of the Dievole Estate. They also do a tasting menu for lunch paired with their wines which we did not get to try that. We only tried one winery so it is a little difficult to compare but we did not think the wines we tried were impressive. We had wine on a daily basis in Tuscany and in our opinion we felt that some these were better.
The Reggello Mall had a huge Prada and Gucci outlet and the rest of the outlets were much smaller in comparison - if you are looking for well-known brands such as TODS/Hogan, Bottega Venetta, Ferragamo, Dior, Balenciaga etc this is the mall to visit. It's best to get there early as there'll be bus-loads of tourists arriving in the late morning. Just before you reach Reggello Mall there is a relatively new outlet mall called Fashion Valley - they carry different brands, a mix of established and trendy, edgy brands - it had far less shops and alot less people.
And since we had done the two malls south of Florence we decided to go to Babarino as well. We tool a bus from Florence for that and it was really convenient. Babarino carried popular brands but not all the high-end ones. There is a lot more of choice and variety at this place - lot more bang for the buck as they say!