July 26, 2014, 06:28 PM
7 days in Tuscany
We will be staying at the Villa Casanova, San Felice for 7 days in October. What is the best way to plan the itinerary to see the best of Tuscany and would you suggest spending time in Rome before or after the Tuscany stay.
Thanks so much for your help - we want to make the most of the trip but not be totally exhausted when it is over!
July 27, 2014, 05:06 PM
7 days in Tuscany
You have certainly picked a beautiful location. You might want to try dividing your schedule into the different zones
A day in Florence - remember to plan you museums and reserve.
You are in a great position for a quick day trip to Arezzo & Cortona
You are close to Siena and Montalcino
Maybe one day over towards Pisa & Lucca, probably the furthest away from your home base but well worth the trip.
Of course you are in Chianti so maybe a down day where you enjoy the villa and locals; may I suggest a local farmer's market in the area. Get some fresh cheese, wine and fruit ... October will be ripe with grapes, maybe figs - schiacciata con uva, a traditional foccacia bread with grapes and the last crop of tomatoes. Imagine all the fun you can have with these ingredients at the villa.
If you are renting Sat to Sat then you might want to think of Rome on the front end of your trip because the Vatican is normally not open on Sundays and Mondays will have many museums closed but if you come in on a Wed or Thursday before you go to the villa you will be able to hit all the main sites.
July 28, 2014, 09:45 AM
I went to the Cupola del Brunelleschi. The view of the city, and of the paintings inside the dome are fantastic. It does take a while to climb to the top, a lot depends on the fitness of yourself and the people in front of you. However the view over Florence is well worth the exercise.
August 3, 2014, 04:05 PM
thanks so much for your assistance and suggestions. I think planning to visit Rome at the beginning of the trip is a great idea.
Appreciate your comments
August 20, 2014, 06:56 PM
You can get your tickets online at http://www.uffizi.org and check out any possible tours (like for wine tastings, so there is no drinking and driving) on here: http://www.partner.viator.com/en/8357/