Post # 1
Just looking for some tips! I’ve never been to Florence but I hear it’s amazing. We’ll be there for several days- one of them we absolutely have to stay in the city as we’re seeing a concert that night, but for the others I’m interested in road cycling through Tuscany and doing other awesome things around town. We’re most likely going to take the train down to Rome for a day as well, and I’d also like to use one day to go over to Cinque Terre.
So, any suggestions? Great restaurants, things to do, places to see? I love off the beaten path stuff, but don’t mind being in the masses for something touristy. Thanks!
Post # 3
@KristenGotMarried: Sorry, I’ve never been so I don’t have any tips. I just want to say I’m so jealous of your trip! It sounds like it’s going to be amazing!
Post # 4
@Mrs.DBee: Thank you!! This is one of our stops in a 17 day mad dash between Italy, France and the Maldives. I’m trying to shove 10lbs of fun in a 5lb bag but hey, it’s my honeymoon so there. 🙂
Post # 5
In Cinque Terre it`s easy:
from La Spezia take a train to Riomaggiore, that WALK on foot to Manarola, then train to Corniglia, bus to the town, on foot back, train to Vernazza and thet if you want – on foot to Monterosso, it`s a nice path, it takes 2 hours.
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Post # 6
It’s been several years for me, and I wonder if my favorite restaurants are still Open, but I can recommend a few things that won’t have changed:
– buying all museum tickets in advance and skipping the lines (Uffizi may be the world’s best museum; Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s David — and trust me on this, NOTHING can prepare you for how magnificent it is in person).
– taking a picinic lunch across the Arno to the Michelangelo Piazza — amazing view of the city
– eat gelato every chance you get
– buy leather goods & table linens in the open market
– walk through Mercato Centrale (unless you’re a vegetarian and/or squeamish about meat) and at the very least buy olive oil.
Post # 7
Commenting so I’ll come back to this and give you real info later.
There’s a market they do on Saturdays in that one piazza… south of the river. I got amazing wooden toys for children, a great ceramic mug which is my absolute favourite, the best food, great gifts to send home for the whole family, really.
I totally got lost in Cinque Terra and had to phone home to Canada at 4AM their time so they could GPS me. Stick to the main walk between the towns or use the trains or go by water. If you find yourself on a road with cars going into the mountains, ignore that there are sidewalks! Those are not meant for feet.