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where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

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where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

Hi

we are looking to visit tuscany for five days in march. Can you make any suggestion, should go, should avoid!!!, We do fancy 2 days in Florence, 2 days in Pisa but would also be open to recomendations to go to different places, either days out or places to stay. We like city life but also open to tradition.

Any hotel reccomendation would be appreciated. ??

thanks

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1. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

It is better to spend time in Siena, San Gim and Lucca than Pisa. A day trip to Pisa is enough.

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3. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

Hi.

With five days to see Tuscany I'd spend a day each in Florence and Pisa visiting the museums, etc. and then maybe half a day visiting somewhere like Siena and Monteriggione. Try to time a visit to siena with the Wednesday market. I enjoyed my visit to San Gimignano but some think it too touristy, so maybe check out Volterra instead, with a return visit to Florence for shopping and generally wandering around.

Hope this helps a bit.

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We have just come back from a trip which included 3 days in Florence and a week in Tuscany, staying near Siena. My recommendations are 2 days in Florence. One day in Pisa is enough, or even half a day and the other half in Lucca. Siena and San Gimignano are great. If you can, do a day trip around Chianti, sampling some wine along the way.

We stayed at the Hotel Machiavelli Place in Florence. Spacious ,well appointed room, good service and a good buffet breakfast. Very central to the sights.

http://www.hotelmachiavelli.it/home.en.html

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5. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

With only 5 days, I would base myself in Florence for the whole time, otherwise you will waste precious time packing up, checking in and out, lugging bags around etc. Pisa is an easy day trip from Florence by train, go to see the leaning tower etc in the morning (it only takes a couple of hours to see all the monuments there and there really isn't much else to see in Pisa) then go to the nearby station of San Rossore and catch the train up to Lucca (20 mins) for lunch and the afternoon. Lucca has much more to see than Pisa. You can then get a train from Lucca directly back to Florence.

The other popular day trip from Florence is Siena (which some combine with San Gimignano), which is best done by bus. Those two day trips will probably be more than enough and still give you time to devote to Florence's treasures.

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6. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

Tuscany! Tuscany!...lovely, but if you too have had "Too Much Tuscan Sun" (read the book?), aim for a few days here in Umbria, Italy's "green heart2 - only 6% is valley and the rest of our region is hills and mts., topped by tems of medieval hiltowns, eg, Assisi, Orvieto, Narni, Bevagna, Montefalco, Gubbio, Perugia, Deruta, Todi, Spello...............all of the beauty of Tuscany and fewer tourists.

At least come to Assisi for the day - 2 hrs by train from Florence.

Buon Viaggio!

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7. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

Between Pisa and Sienna is Volterra a beautiful, lively walled town with a lot of treasures. An fabulous roman amphitheatre and gymnasium and an Etruscan temple. Wonderful scenery around and lots a alabaster workshops to browse. Well worth a detour, but actually not really out of your way if you are doing the Pisa, Florence, Sienna triangle. More more lively, real and lived in than San Gimignano.

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8. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

we are also planning a trip to Tuscany in March, and we wanted to stay in San Gim for 3 days but are finding the hotels closed for the Winter. Any suggestions for hotels or should we stay in a differant part Tuscany

thank you

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9. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

Agree with Peggypatch above in principle. If you are intent on seeing another place like San Gimimoney, strongly suggest a substitution like Volterra as above or perhaps Montepuciano. San G is worse than touristy, it is a trap.

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10. Re: where to visit- florence/pisa any where else-please help

I, too, would avoid San Gim...and opt for Lucca!

A gem - rent bicycles and ride the tree-lined aves on top of the walls of Lucca - nearby: Pistoia - where Sat is market day in front of the cathedral

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but............then again, consider a stay in Umbria, "Italy's green heart" where the medieval gems of Assisi, Orvieto (just there for 3 days for Umbria Jazz Winter - see www.umbriajazz.com - grandissima musica), Spoleto, Montefalco, Narni, Bevagna, Todi, Deruta, Torgiano, Bettona, Norcia, Spello, Perugia,Nera River Valley, Gubbio.

Narni -. here in Umbria - is Italy's geographical center - so our are perfect for exploration to other sites, including so. Tuscany which borders us on the North.