Are you thinking about taking a dream vacation in Florence or Tuscany? Can you imagine yourself now, walking towards the famous Ponte Vecchio (below) in the early evening as the lights are starting to reflect off the river Arno. Or sipping a glass of fine Chianti while relaxing on a balmy evening and watching the sun set over the beautiful city of Florence?
If you are like me, you probably love this pre-trip stage – planning all the sights that you want to see while in Florence and Tuscany, looking at hotels or apartments to stay in while you are there, booking your flights, looking at photos…. the list goes on and on!
One of my best trips to Tuscany was staying in the heart of Florence for 5 days of sightseeing with lovely Italian food and wine, followed by a week in a villa in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
Alternate days were spent relaxing by the swimming pool and visiting towns and villages in Tuscany, including Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra, Lucca and some of the remotest spots of the Tuscan countryside.
If you are planning your own trip to Florence or Tuscany, or if you’d just like to learn a little more before you decide to go, read on and let me be your virtual tour guide to Florence and Tuscany!
Our trip started at the beginning of September – a great time to go to Italy as you beat the summer crowds and the weather is still good but not too hot. We flew into Pisa, which has a bigger airport than Florence, but is still very handy for getting to Florence, as its just a 1hr journey by train
In Florence we spent a wonderful few days relaxing, walking and sightseeing. If you like art galleries and museums you will be spoilt for choice in Florence, with the Uffizi Gallery, home to the finest collection of Renaissance paintings in the world with over 1700 paintings and 300 sculptures, the Vasari Corridor, Palazzo Pitti, the Bargello museum, Galleria Dell’ Accademia and many more.
If you are not a museum lover, there are still plenty of things to do in Florence. We climbed the 463 steps into the cupula of the Doumo for great views of Florence, wandered around looking at the sculptures in the Piazza della Signoria, stopped for a cappucino and some people watching, crossed the Ponte Vecchio and took a walk in Boboli gardens.
You can see a view of from the to of the Doumo’s cupula in the photo below – this is not a climb recommended if you suffer from vertigo!
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After spending a few days in Florence walking, eating, sightseeing and museum going we hired a car and drove to our… Read more…