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Help with planning a week around florence please

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Help with planning a week around florence please

We have booked flights to Pisa in May to access florence. Party of 4 with one of our party neede to spend a few days at the main conference centre with the rest of us taking in the sights as first timers. We fly into Pisa about mid day so plan to leave our luggage in the train station lockers whilst we spend the afternoon taking in the main Pisa sights, then collect luggage and train to florence. Then the plan us to spend 5 nights doing day trips to say Siena and local city sights but need a destination to travel onto for 2 nights with easy access from florence that hopefully is worth a 2 day visit and again hopefully has an easy link back to Pisa for our return flights home. Montepulciano looks interesting as does Siena but we can do I see Siena as a day trip whilst in florence. Florence hotel choice still to be made. 5 nights planed so going down the TA list in at no11 is Guelfo Bianco at 160 GBP a night. Was hoping to get a central located for sights hotel with BB for around 100 a night. The Giglio. The Colomba The Santa Crose and The Rosary Garden are all between the Guelfo price working down to 90GBP a night. All decent reviews . Suggestions of others to consider. Just need it accessable to the sights and easy to walk around at night to the restaurants. Last point us it it worth trying to take in lucca from florence seeing as we plan to do puss on our first day. Many regards in advance for any advice.... Eric

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1. Re: Help with planning a week around florence please

Since there are four of you then also have a look at apartments for your stay. There are some nice apartments near the SMN train station which will make it easy for you to access day trips with the train and with the bus to the Tuscan countryside.

Have a look at www.homeaway.com, www.airbnb.com.

Also, any hotels near the train station are a plus for the same day trip reason.

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Montepulciano is lovely, but it will be a real slog to get back to Pisa from there. I would say either do a day trip to Siena from Florence and then spend your last two nights in Lucca or vice versa. There is a little more to see in Siena, but it does get vary crowded in the day, so Lucca for 2 nights might be a welcome relief after 5 nights in Florence.

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Might also be hatder to stay in Sienna. WE wound up in a small town to the west that also gave us good access to Lucca and Pisa.

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There are no shortage of Tuscan towns that would make a wonderful day trip: Beachside in Livorno or Viareggio, in the medieval surroundings of Lucca or San Gimignano, or out in the fairytale countryside by Arezzo and Cortona... certainly if another town strikes your fancy go there instead or as well. But I have a sneaking suspicion you'll regret choosing Siena as solely a day trip... If you're staying in Tuscany, make it your 2 day jaunt, unless, as others say, you really want a quiet change from the bustle of Firenze. Worst case scenario, if you feel you made the wrong choice there, you can always take another day trip. Keep in mind, almost all of these locations, barring weird transfers or unexpected traffic, are no more than an hour and a half from Florence (closer to an hour for less local or more high-speed trains), so nothing is really too far from anything else... getting back to Pisa will be pretty easy no matter where you end up, just a little longer of a ride.

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5. Re: Help with planning a week around florence please

To sleep I like this cozy place: http://www.firenzebb.it/en/. It is special I think if you are looking for a familiar place. Or, more central, http://www.ladimoradegliangeli.com/ Both are B&B.

About the place for the 2 days, I love Bologna. It is a great city, so incredible, so different, so full of art and life.

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6. Re: Help with planning a week around florence please

Thanks for all the super help, have now booked 5 nights at the Guelfo Bianco at a very good rate, last two nights looking at Bologna , cheaper looking hotels , still not sure which area to stay but will start to research. First searches i had done showed a 2 hr train or bus transfer to Bologna but looking at the fast train in 45 mins so more do able--will be doing siena from florence and probably lucca another day-- Trip now taking shape so really looking forward to it--keep any info coming please as it really does help the planning

thanks again eric

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7. Re: Help with planning a week around florence please

Yes, the train is the best. Florence Bologna is just 35 minutes. In Bologna the best area is the city center, this means within 1 km from Piazza Maggiore: check in Google Map!

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