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  • How to avoid waiting in lines

    Florence Favorites

    Would you like to see the David without any crowds? Would you want to visit the David and uffzi in 3 hours? We did it. It was one of the magical and surreal sights. Turning right and viewing the David for the first time. The whole place was empty.(The usual stewards were sitting near the walls and pillars out of sight) It was an amazing sight and...

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  • The Tower

    Pisa Favorites

    Okay so while I am not the biggest tourist fan, there ARE places in the world where you go and follow all the tourists to see special things, such as THE Leaning Tower of Pisa. Not often am I impressed by a "mere" building, but this tower for some reason is very special, it seems to have a presence that is very striking. The tourists, us included,...

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  • Cities Not to Miss Near Florence

    Florence Favorites

    Siena is a well preserved Medieval town located 30 miles south of Florence. It is set on three hills. One of the main area in this town is piazza del Campo; a large scallop shaped square. It is divided in 9 segments representing the Concil of the Nine that ruled Medieval Siena. In piazza del Campo a historical bareback horse race called “Palio” is...

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  • Walking around

    Pisa Favorites

    Pisa is a city in Tuscany on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral, contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces. While the Leaning Tower is the most famous image of the city, it is one of many works of...

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  • Where to find Great Views

    Florence Favorites

    Situated on the hilly patches of Tuscany and bisected by the polluted-but-pretty Arno River, there is no denying that Florence is heart-achingly scenic and romantic. One of the greatest (and cheapest) Florentine experience is to view the city from a good vantage point and revel in its dramatic setting and serene skyline. Tourists can do this from a...

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  • Campo dei Miracoli

    Pisa Favorites

    The most obvious of miracles here is that the leaning tower of Pisa is still leaning and has not yet fallen over of course. The Campo dei Miracoli comprises a set of buildings, the most impressive of which is the Leaning Tower, but also the Duomo (cathedral) and Babtistry are worth a viewing. Here you can see the photos show the Duomo from several...

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  • Where to find Great Works of Art

    Florence Favorites

    The master artist Michelangelo Buonarroti was from Florence. He lived and worked here until called to Rome by Pope Julius II to paint the Sistine Chapel. It is to Florence that Michelangelo would travel to when escaping the demands of Rome. He is buried in Florence. Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor and not a painter so it is ironic that...

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  • Arno river

    Pisa Favorites

    Have spoken with several friends who took guided tours around Italy and of course they all come to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, who wouldn't. But all of them said that after they had seen the tower and the other buildings of the Campo dei Mircoli, they trooped back onto their bus and left Pisa, missing one of the most beautiful spots, the banks...

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  • Where to find Great Shopping

    Florence Favorites

    One thing I love about shopping in italy is that all the stuff they sell exudes a certain style and quality. This is esspecially true with regards to leather goods and clothing. We all know the famous high fashion brands like Gucci, prada. But what about the lesser known local brands. These brands outside of italy tend to market themselves as high...

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  • Events

    Pisa Favorites

    See the candlelit city. During a festival, the people of Pisa line the streets and church with candles. They turn off all the light of the city and just let it be lit all by candles. (picture from postcard)

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  • In General...

    Florence Favorites

    The cheapest and most useful way to visit Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Duomo) complex is to purchase the combined ticket. For a mere 10€ each person it allow to visit the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Crypt of Santa Reparata (interesting to see the foundations), Museum of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (hold the original baptistry door),...

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  • The Baptistery

    Pisa Favorites

    The Campo dei Miracoli is made up of several impressive structures, the most well known of course is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but also present is the Duomo (cathedral) and the Babtistery. Of the three, I liked the Babtistery the most, a huge white "dimple" like structure in the middle of a green grass field with some beautiful detailing. I...

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  • Where to find Great Architecture

    Florence Favorites

    Visit the Cathedral, the so called Santa Maria dei Fiori church, also known as the Duomo, which has some very cool and artistic colored windows and a modest but beautiful decoration inside. The building itself is very impressive.

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  • Excursions

    Pisa Favorites

    Visit San Gimignano,A beautiful old hill village with narrow streets and a beautiful piazza with a well in the middle, looked like a film set, but do go ethere late in the day after 4.00 when all the tour buses have gone or better still stay the night. Getting there is easier by bus as there is no train station in San Gimignano.Nearest train...

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  • Street Performers...or Beggars?

    Florence Favorites

    I love all of Florence because after taking my History of Western Art course where we started with Florence.... Well, I fell in love with the city. When I actually had the chance to visit it, I discovered actual reason why I enjoy the city so much. The last time I was there, I went with three friends who didn't want their pictures taken at first....

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  • Where to find Internet Access

    Florence Favorites

    if you bring your laptop tod Florence, there are plenty of places to access to access free wi-fi remember to take your ID with you, to sign up. Moyo: (santa croce) - Via dei Benci popular cafe bar on Via dei Benci - serves food all day (wifi is switched off at 7pm, just before the cocktail hour) the staff are normally quite nice but the service...

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  • Don't Forget...

    Florence Favorites

    Just down the street from the Duomo you will find the Florence Flea Market, a series of small stalls linning both sides of the street for quite a distance. You can find things like touristy things as momentos or fake DG handbags for 10Euro. It is always interesting to spend some time in the markets like this and observe the locals and where and...

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  • Where to Stay

    Florence Favorites

    The Relais il Canpanile is a fantastic hotel in Florence. It has a perfect location - one block from the Duomo and two blocks from the Accademia. Sarah , the owner is very friendly and helpful. The room I had was very spacious for the price I paid. And breakfast was served each morning in my room and was a very good breakfast. I highly recommend...

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  • Where to find the Bronze Boar

    Florence Favorites

    Master Pietro Tacca originally sculpted this bronze boar, located in front of the Mercato Nuovo, in the early 17th century. It is said that rolling a coin down its snout into the fountain brings good luck, and that whoever does so will not fail to return to Florence one day.

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  • When to Travel

    Florence Favorites

    If I had the choice of being in Florence in summer or winter, the end of November, December would win hands down. It might be a little chilly (sometimes very chilly) in the morning and evenings, but Florence in all it's Christmas glory is enough to warm you up and refresh your view of beauty. There is a buzz in the air and a sense of anticipation...

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  • Where to find Great Food

    Florence Favorites

    Italians are famous for their ice cream, and Florence has so great icecream shops, some offering over 40 flavours. Forget about the calories, and ENJOY My daughter going into every icecream shop she could find, counting the number of flavours they had on offer! We had to try several of course!

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  • People Watching

    Florence Favorites

    When I first walked around the cities of Italy, I was taking photos of all the art and sculptures. I finally couldn't help but notice all the works of art that were the young Italian women all around me. Speaking from a guy's prospective, Italian women are "hot". I mean thay are consistantly pretty, skinny, fit, and have beautiful dark eyes....

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  • Maps of the Area

    Florence Favorites

    This map I found on the internet, it's pretty and shows you the villages in Tuscany. It would be a shame not to get out of Florence while you're there. The surrounding villages are just too beautiful!

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  • Where to find Great Wine

    Florence Favorites

    You best try some wine when in this part of the country for its world renowned. It's cheap and it's good. Drinking wine into the night talking to people from around the world staying at our hostel with Italian music blaring in the background, well actually it was Britany Spears, but I heard she's 1/4 Italian. The wine goes down like grape juice,...

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  • Terra Toscana

    I was so many times in Toscana but never seen all of it, never seen what have planned in advance. It is just that plans doesn't working good here. Tuscany is one of those areas where everything looking so enchanting; magical landscapes, small settlemnts usually on the tophills, rich palettes of colours from dawn to the late sunsets, historical...

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  • Old italian farm house in Tuscany

    My wife and I were on february this year in a nice place: Potere Poggio Felice, very near from Grosseto, the main city in the province of that name, in the south part of Tuscany. By automobile you can travel to diferent medieval places as Pitigliano, Sovana, Talamone, Porto Ercole and Capalbio among others. Web page: www.poggiofelice.com. Mail:...

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  • Pisa, Campo Santo - Monumental Cemetery

    Campo Santo was that part of Piaza dei Miracoli that made the greatest impression on me. The most probable reason is that I didn't see it during my previous visits in Pisa. Besides, it was in contrast with the rest of the square. There - noise and crowds, here - peace and quiet and just a couple of visitors.The building of Campo Santo was the last...

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  • Lukka - San Michele in Foro

    If San Michele was the only interesting thing in Lucca, I would definitely visit it. Its facade is without doubt one of the most beautiful I have ever seen - a true feast for the eyes. The construction of the building was started in 1070 in the place where Roman Forum used to stand - hence the name. The marble facade is one of the best examples of...

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  • Some photos along the way

    A few photos of our day in Chianti.....with some explanations.That first photo shows all in our group making fun of me and Ziv....the previous evening we had been in Arezzo for dinner, Ziv and I enjoyed the same type of food, exiting the restaurant very happy. After a few hours both Ziv and I got violently sick, having to stop several times at the...

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  • Il Molino de Grace Vineyard

    I think that the Il Molino de Grace Vineyard was the last we visited that day. It had begun to drizzle and by the time we pulled up to their door it was pouring and from car to their door we got pretty wet. Several good glasses of wine were in order, but we also liked the olive oil and brought some of that home also.The first photo here shows a...

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  • Poggi del Chianti Vineyard

    Our next stop where we enjoyed the wine was at the Poggi del Chianti Vineyard. To our surprise the vinter also spoke excellent English so we took the opportunity to speak at lenght with him about the wines of the region and his establishment. They also produce their own olive oil so we took some of both home to enjoy later.

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  • San Jacobo Vineyard

    The villa we rented in Tuscany was in the center of the Chianti Region, known for its wines, so we took the opportunity one day to do a Wine Route. The San Jocobo Vineyard was the first of several that we enjoyed that day. Here it was odd that they seemed surprised to have people turning up on their doorstep to try out their wines. They had no area...

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  • Tuscany

    Bottom line is: have a plan. You'll need a car for those day you intend to visit small places or if you wish to stay in the countryside. Use the train if you go from big city to big city and intend to spend your nights there.I have just finished organizing and booking for my coming trip in May. I divided the trip in 2 : one week by car and "farm"...

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  • The THREE Sacred Rules

    I'm very glad to read posts by VTers, their great knowledge about Italy makes me very happy because I feel my Country loved: thank you everybody.I'd like to add my opinion.Where to take your "headquater"?Outside of Florence if you consider to spend great time to visit towns (VT "cmcard2", Dan, has given important suggests).In case your target is...

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  • Beautiful Tuscany - highlight was...

    We rented a car from Venice and drove through Tuscany. Our absolute favourite place was Cortona. It is a beautiful hilltop town that is quaint but has a variety of shops, restaurants, etc. It is in a very central location so you can get to places like Florence, Siena and Perugia. We stayed in a self-catering farmhouse which was fabulous. We also...

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  • Secret places to stay in Tuscany - Spain

    I love boutique hotels, they have their own character and make you feel more at home. Last time I went to Tuscany we stayed at Residenza d'arte. A magical place to stay in Torrita de Siena. It is a unique place which combines old Tuscan farmhouse with its stone walls, fireplaces and arches with some of the mos innovative pieces of art. The rooms...

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  • calender of events in the tuscan, italy...

    Thank you so much Mario, I checked out the website you suggested, and was able to plan the perfect weeks for my next vacation to Italy! I could not have figured it out alone,without your guidance to the website tuscanweb.com! Fondest memory of Tuscany, The beautiful rolling hillside, wildflowers of Spring everywhere, each town so different and...

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  • Countryside

    Siena is one of the most wonderful cities in Tuscany, you can rent a car no problem I am sure the Hertz will be open even if it is a holiday in Italy.I have done it last year.If you want to rent a car you can call the 00393355896854I saved all the Hertz lady information because you never know...I was thinking to do that again and it Tuscany was a...

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  • Be Sure To See Florence From...

    PLEASE CLICK FOR PANORAMIC VIEW OF FLORENCE PLUS OTHER PHOTOGRAPHSBefore we left Florence, we drove up to Piazza Michaelangelo which overlooks the city. The piazza is dominated by an imposing statue of David located in the center of a sculptural group. The statue stands atop a platform surrounded by copies of other famous statues. I took a...

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  • Soak Up the Landscape; It's...

    It comes unexpectedly for me. I might be driving to the grocery store, doing the laundry, or gardening. I close my eyes momentarily, and all that I can see is this vision of Tuscany in the countryside. It's so haunting that it's emblazoned on my psyche.The hill towns are so endearing. The Etruscan walls signify, to me, the endurance of the area....

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  • Lovely Lucca

    For six days, we stayed in Lucca while on our second trip to Italy. Our total stay for the second trip was about a month.We had been on a fast-paced schedule, and it was really wonderful to slow down and see things at our leisure. We were fortunate to be able to stay in a privately-owned hotel right next to theSaint Michele Church.Lucca is very...

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  • Cortona, a Medieval Gem in Tuscany

    Cortona is located on a steep hill between the Tiber and Chiana valleys. You cannot drive in this ancient town; instead, you must park your car and walk up a very high hill to the center of town.The Town-Hall, which is called Palazzo Comunale, is located on Piazza Signorelli and has 25 stone steps leading to the door. ( I know because I counted...

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  • Don't Miss San Gimignano

    Medieval San Gimignano should be an overnight stay. Why? You want to be there AFTER the tour buses are gone. Most tourist are "day-trippers"; if you stay overnight, you will see a completely different place.San Gimignano is famous for its majestic towers (13 still exist) that were built by rival noble families. At that time, San Gimignano was a...

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  • Better From a Distance: Ponte Vecchio

    The photo I took of Ponte Vecchio was taken from the window at the end of a corridor in the Uffizi Gallery. If you enlarge it, you can see the reflection in the upper left hand corner.Ponte Vecchio is really the Old Bridge because it is the most ancient bridge in Florence. At first it was made of wood, and in the 12th century, it was rebuilt in...

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  • Pitti Palace is Quite an Experience

    Perhaps this should be in "must see"; however, I decided to place it as a general tips because I think there are just certain people who must see it It's difficult to photograph because it is so large. As you can see from my photograph, I could not get back far enough to take a complete picture of itI've really never seen a castle that has this...

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  • Hotel David

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    This is a gentle warning to anyone using a vehicle on the road at the front of the hotel, who is not...

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    We stayed at the hotel around Chrismas. The usual rates of about 190 Euro where reduced to 80 Euro....

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