Tuscany Travel Tips

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Tuscany Travel Tips

General Tips:
- Drive on right side of road in Italy
- Tuscany, Florence and Sienna are popular with tourists, especially Jun-Sep, so try to avoid the crowds
- cooking classes offered every morning at 10am with lunch at the hotel’s highly-regarded restaurant, La Limonaia

From Allyson/Kelly:
- loved their day in Sienna, walking around small medieval town square and cafes, don’t miss the Duomo church
- also loved Greve, another small town closeby, great square for afternoon, go to butcher Antica Macelleria Falorni , stop at Villa Maggio castle on the way there
- look for the weekly market schedule, it moves from town-to-town, great picnic foods
- we stayed at Badia A Passignano at Casenuovo di Sopre and tiny restaurant called La Scuderia
- best place to eat in Florence is Osteria Del Cinghiale Bianco, just what you would expect and over the Ponte Vechio bridge, be sure to get a reservation, 055/215706, Borgo S. Jacopo, 43r

From Jack/Jim:
- loved little town of Montepulciano, little streets, old churches, cafes, boutiques, etc.

From Floyd, Travelocity Paris:
- wonderful day trips to Tuscany and Chianti for wine tasting
- best beaches closeby are in Punta Alao and Porto Ercole in same national park

From Aileen Zerrudo, Clorox:
Florence restaurants:
- Cibreo, mixed reviews but popular, maybe for lunch, Via dei Macci, 118r, Florence
- Il Latini, better reviews and sounds fun, Via del Palchetti 6r

From Steve Siegelman, Ketchum:
- great shops in Florence: Via Turnabuoni area has tons of high-end boutiques; Rinascente department store; Ferragamo shoes and shoe museum in a grand old palazzo; also Designer Factory Outlets outside of Florence in Prato

From RealSimple magazine:
- visit San Gimignano, walled town with 14 intact stone towers
- avoid the Palio Horse Race in Sienna is on Jul 2 and on Aug 16, fun but huge crowds

From New York Times, Apr 23, 2008:
- Cammillo Trattoria, popular restaurant in Florence, Borgo San Jacopo, 57R, closed Tue and Wed

From “36 Hours in Florence” New York Times, Jun 3, 2007:
- Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, prettiest square
- Badiani, best gelato, Viale dei Mille, 20r
- Dolci & Dolcezze, best pastries, Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8r
- 9pm “happy hour” at Rifrullow roof-top wine and free food, Via San Niccolo, 55r
- Cibreo restaurants also recommended, as well as Teatro del Sale buffet and 9:30p variety show, Via dei Macci, 111r
- Personal Shopper, Angela Carpio, 39-333-837-7210, 100EUR/hour but worth it

From Rick Steve’s Travel Guide:
- Top 5 art exhibits in Florence (all require hotel reservations: Uffizi (Renaissance paintings), Accademia (Michelangelo’s David), Bargello, Medici Chapels, and Pitti Palace
- Stay for dinner in Florence, watch the sunset and take the Oltrarno Walk to dinner in Oltrarno around 8pm