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Old 12-05-2008, 08:55 AM
 
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Can anyone thats been there give me any info on where to stay...areas
and what not...planning on going next year...
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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We've usually stayed in Siena, but we really enjoyed Cortona (on the eastern edge), too. Siena has a lot of history and pageantry with its Palio.
Cortona has a lovely small art museum with work by Fra Angelico.
We enjoyed Arezzo,Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino.
Southern Tuscany has some interesting small towns: Sovana, Pitigliano.
The hot springs at Saturnia are a nice change of pace.
It really depends on what you like, but when I think of Tuscany, I think of the hill towns and their beautiful vistas, history, and wine--especially Brunello.
Obviously if you spend any time in Florence you will see well known art and architecture.
Don't forget to eat plenty of gelato.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:36 AM
 
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thanks...going to check those out...
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: SUNNY AZ
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We've usually stayed in Siena, but we really enjoyed Cortona (on the eastern edge), too. Siena has a lot of history and pageantry with its Palio.
Cortona has a lovely small art museum with work by Fra Angelico.
We enjoyed Arezzo,Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino.
Southern Tuscany has some interesting small towns: Sovana, Pitigliano.
The hot springs at Saturnia are a nice change of pace.
It really depends on what you like, but when I think of Tuscany, I think of the hill towns and their beautiful vistas, history, and wine--especially Brunello.
Obviously if you spend any time in Florence you will see well known art and architecture.
Don't forget to eat plenty of gelato.
Brunello is beautiful! My grandparents lived not far from there... bellissimo !
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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yes,we are looking forward to going..my wife was born in Italy...
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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I've been to Florence, Livorno, and Pisa. It is absolutely breathtaking!!!! U will have a wonderful time and savor the moment!
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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I've been to Florence, Livorno, and Pisa. It is absolutely breathtaking!!!! U will have a wonderful time and savor the moment!

so I hear...thanks..we haven't decided if we want to stay near the water or mountains...but thanks for the suggestions..will check out florence..pisa
livorno..
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There aren't any villas for rent in Tuscany. I heard that on Seinfeld.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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There aren't any villas for rent in Tuscany. I heard that on Seinfeld.

yeah...your right...the maestro said that....

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Old 12-09-2008, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Hawaii and North Carolina
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The wine/olive country is beautiful. We stayed just south of Florence in a wonderful place and then traveled from there. We had a car and spent so much time exploring the small towns and the wonderful countryside. For our trip we actually arrived in Malin and got a car and then traveled to the lake region near Lake Como and on up through the mountains, next to the Riveria, South of Florence, and then two weeks in Venice. We had two months total time. It was my dream to pick up a car and just head off, and for the most of the trip that is exactly what we did. Like a road trip in the US. I was actually nervous about the whole experience before hand since it isn't something we had done before in Europe. The only accommodations that we had arranged before we left home was the villa south of Florence and the apartment in Venice. The rest we picked up day by day.

After that one trip it is the only way I would go to Europe. It was very easy.....and not too expensive at all. Having the luxury to stay on another day in one location, to back track when we wanted, to explore and not have a schedule was wonderful.

Have a wonderful time...Marie
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