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    Post Recommended places to visit and hotel

    Hi Lourdes
    on coming march... this will be my first trip to Tuscany, i will love to visit the famous tuscany hills..something like chianti, see the winery, see the villas ( just like the movies Under the Tuscan sun hehe ) and the other surrounding area, more to enjoy the scenery. but i dont mind to see the historical building as well.
    im coming with elderly and plan to stay 2-3 nights at chianti area , and should i spend few nights at florence the city ?
    i will be coming from Milan, so 1. do you have anything to suggest which places i should go ?
    2. where i should stay ? 3. should i drive ? is it difficult to drive in tuscany especially the hills part ?
    waiting kindly for your response. thanks alot.

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    Default Coming from Milan

    Buongiorno!

    I love Tuscany in the spring (March included :-) ) Things are just starting to get green and places are not crowded.

    Coming from Milan, especially with some elderly in tow, you might appreciate the train. It is comfortable, there are bathrooms, I am sure you will find someone to help load and unload the luggage and in my experience it is warm! and fast.

    You arrive in Florence and I suggest that you immediately spend 2-3 days in the city center. Once you are here you can tour on your own or you could look into the golf cart tours, which allow you to see the city, with a guide (even the historic city center) without all the walking. And though the center is pretty concentrated, if the people you are with have limited energy, then have them spend it enjoying the museums. I have seen these tours around Florence, and a friend used them with his parents (in their 80's) and they all loved it: http://www.ecogreentours.eu/

    You could study this itinerary to see what there is out there to explore: http://www.visitflorence.com/itinera...ineraries.html

    For a fun place to eat that gives you an overview of Tuscany and its culinary delights - head over to Mercato Centrale, I love it.

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Default hotel in florence and outskirts ?

    hi Donna

    thank you for your reply.
    i will go thru you recommendation.
    anyway can you suggest which hotels best to stay.. which not far from center city, perhaps somewhere near the san lorenzo market ? but not too expensive.
    how about if i would like to experience the outskirts ..any hotel best to stay ?
    im still confuse, should i get local tour to show me around outskirts ? but still stay in florence , or should i rent car and move around with my things ?


    thank you

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    Default Outskirts

    Hi -

    I personally would not think of the area around San Lorenzo as the outskirts...you are still pretty central there. If you want a smaller, more residential area check out this hotel which is still close enough to make a taxi trip easy or even to catch the train at Campo di Marte for travelling to Rome or Milan (just be sure your ticket is for Campo di Marte with NO train changes involved otherwise its just not worth the hassel to take that train!!): http://www.florenceaccommodation.com...o-mediceo.html


    If you like driving - then definitely get a car and explore. However, there are some excellent tours that will save you a lot of hassel and do some great trips, check out this link to see what they offer.

    Have Fun,

    Donna Denise

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    Post hotel in Outskirts

    Hi again

    any hotel recommend for nice hotel etc to stay outskirts ? possible can experience and see the lovely tuscany hills. which region ?

    thanks

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    Default Absolutely

    how about two B&Bs?

    Casa Palmira - you can even use public transport back and forth to Florence

    Poggio al Sole minutes from Fiesole and Florence


    or if you want a hotel:

    villa Tolomei

    PS these links will have you booking directly with the owners!

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    Default Recommended train to travel among Europe ?

    Hi There

    thanks for the reply.
    can you give me any suggestion travel to Paris from Rome or florence ,
    1. by train is better ? which train is safe ?
    2. or By plane ?

    thanks

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    Default

    I would suggest you look at the flights between Florence (or Pisa) and Rome and see how much they cost.
    Many of the low-cost carriers in Europe fly in and out of Pisa which is just an hour from Florence (by bus or train).

    Train travel is not necessarily much cheaper, and since the trip is long, all trains travel at night (and thus even slower) so that you arrive the next morning. To be "rested", you'll need to get a couchette/bed to really try to rest.
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    Default Suggestion to my Tuscany Itenary

    Hi there

    thanks for your quick response.
    can you try help me out with this Itenary that i make for coming March ,
    14th arrive at Milan
    15 at Milan
    16 train to Florence - stay 2 nights. any suggestion good place to stay around san lorenzo is better or Santa maria Novella ?
    17 explore Florence
    18 rent car to Chianti and end up in san Gimignano.
    19 drive thru sienna and stay a night
    20 How bout Cinque Terre ? stay 2 nights enough ?
    21 Cinque terre
    22 back to Firenze , and go Rome by train ?
    23 Rome
    24 Rome - Paris ,
    25 Paris
    26 Paris
    27 Paris - Milan.

    do you have any better suggestion ? should i skip Rome, and go straight to Paris?
    and can spend 1 more nigh at CT, and one more night at Paris ?
    i must fly back from MiLAN in between 27 or 28

    can you recommend any train to travel to Paris?? if i dont take the Plane.


    thanks alot

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    Default CT from Florence

    Hi -

    I suggest you look at flip flopping your itin just a bit. Do CT from Florence first and instead of a car go with a train. A car can slow you down, especially when it is more fun to be taxing the train up and down the coast as well as a boat or ferry!

    Once back in Florence rent the car and drive the Tuscan countryside before flying out to Paris.

    A presto,

    Donna Denise

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