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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2014
Students at LDM...discount shoes  (1 Answer)

My daughter is staying at LDM for a summer course and broke some of her shoes. Anyplace nearby to get inexpensive sandels?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2014
Looking for a good place to stay in Florence, end of September  (1 Answer)

My friend and I are going to Tuscany in September for 10 days and we were thinking of getting a small apartment in Florence. Does anybody have suggestions on good, clean, reasonably priced apartments? In the center of town would be the best.
Thanks !! Monique


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2014
Our Italian Trip  (14 Answers)

We are planning a trip next year - end April for two weeks, approximately, to basically cover Florence, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast (if possible) and Venice. Ideally it needs to be in that order or at least Venice to be the last destination. Alternatively, a route that allows us to return to Venice as we need to embark on a train from Venice. We would love to see the countryside, some beaches, city, good food and wine and shopping of course! At end's wit now. We would avoid Rome and Milan as we have been there before. Appreciate some ideas! Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2014
Traveling from port in La Spezia to Florence?  (6 Answers)

We are crusing into La Spezia and want to travel into Florence. Private transportation appears to be pretty expensive so we are considering being a little more adverturous and simply taking the train. How far is it to the train station from the port? If we need a taxi, how hard is it to get one and how expensive are they? How difficult is it to navigate the train system (buy tickets, get on the right train, etc.)? Are there direct, non-stop trains that make this trip? And, importantly, how long does the trip take?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2014
Is Nothern Italy always green?  (4 Answers)

Just returned from a Venice, San Marino, Florence, CT-5 self-drive tour and was particularly struck by the lush, green countryside. Believe it or not, I had the same impression of California from my first LA to SF trip some years ago. I didn't realize those lovely hills were more often "golden" than green.

Does the Italian countryside - typically - "golden-up"?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2014
neighbourhoods in Florence...  (2 Answers)

has any stayed in the neighbourhood of 'via dell caldaie' in Florence; I have found a great apartment there, but just wanted to ask about the neighbourhood…thanks in advance…I need to decide within a few hours whether to book this place, otherwise I'm sure it'll go!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2014
Taking my 85 yr old dad to Tuscany for his first time  (16 Answers)

I am planning to take my dad to Italy for his first time (tho not mine) in October this fall. He's a spry and healthy 85 year old man (who forgets how old he is and can sometimes tire himself out.) He's said he's not much interested in the big cities and so I've been investigating our spending two weeks in Tuscany - imagining a kind of day on/day off excursion schedule and staying in one place as our home base. Florence is my first thought because it's well situated with plenty of transportation options and things to do of an evening. BUT I can't help but fear the THRONGS and how their consistent presence -- even in October? - will affect his experience (and mine). Anyone have any other home bases to recommend that have nightlife and good transportation options AND/OR a good place to stay in Florence that provides some respite from the throngs? It's my dad's first time out of North America so I want to do it right.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2014
Which is the best way to travel from Florence to San Gimignano and then onto Cortona?  (2 Answers)

We would like to take a bus or train from Florence to San Gimignano and then onto Cortona. Any ideas which is the best way to travel to San Gimignano, bus or train? And can we then take a bus to Cortona from San Gimignano? Which city would your recommend we stay at a night or two, San Gimignano or Cortona? We will be traveling with our 3 children all in their 20's, in August of this year and will spend most of our time in Florence.
Thank you for any advice here!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2014
Size 34 ladies shoes  (4 Answers)

Hi, I am a size 34 in shoes and have a lot of trouble finding shoes to fit. Does anyone know if size 34 is standard in Florence, and if not, does anyone know if there shops that stock smaller sizes. I am looking for sandals, boots and walking shoes.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2014
No Question Title  (5 Answers)

Hello! I am planning to visit the Tuscany region on June 26 to June 30 with my 3 adult children. Should we make Florence our base & just take day trips to Siena & San Gimignano? Would you recommend going to Cinque Terre? Would appreciate your advice. Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2014
Best area to stay in Florence  (11 Answers)

I'm torn between staying in the Duomo area vs Piazza Tasso vs Arno, i'm travelling with husband and 2 boys, where is the best place to stay?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2014
transfer between Pertola airport and city center  (5 Answers)

Hi
can you tell me how much it would cost to get a taxi or bus from airport to somewhere in city center as yet i do not have an address for apartment


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2014
Florence to Paris with a 1 night stop over in a little village  (3 Answers)

Hi, My sister and I would like to travel from Florence to Paris on the 16 th May by train with a 1 night stop over in a little village.  It is hard to work out which train to take and where they stop. 

 Many thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2014
Suggestion on Time in Florence  (25 Answers)

Hi

As a part of my upcoming Italy trip in May, I will be staying in Florence 4 complete days. I am really confused over planning my time. My initial plan was as follows :

-> Dedicate 2 full days to Florence. Something on these lines :

-> Day trip on 3rd day to Lucca and Pisa (I don't want to leave without visiting and climbing the tower)
-> Day Trip on 4th day to Siena (Have heard superb reviews about Siena)

However considering the above itinerary I feel that time in Florence is not enough. With the above itinerary, I would miss on biggies like Pallazo vechhio, piazzale michelangelo, Boboli Gardens, San lorenzo , Bargello etc.

1. Is the above itinerary(in the link I shared) for Florence too fast, i.e. can I also fit in Pallazo vechhio, piazzale michelangelo, Boboli Gardens, Bargello in the 2 days?
2. Should I take out the half day from Lucca and give it to Florence?

Also, what according to you could be a good 2 days itinerary in Florence.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2014
Arts and Crafts in Florence  (4 Answers)

I visited a crafts shop in Florence that sold leather handbags with keyrings and chains with the duomo on them. This shop also sold ceramics, plasticwares, etc. Can you find out the name?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2014
Three days in Florence  (6 Answers)

My husband and I are planning our first trip to Italy in the fall. We have 3 days to spend in Florence. I would like some recommendations on hidden gems. That is, not the most popular hotels, restaurant and shopping, but the special places. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2014
Charming restaurant for a lunch in Florence  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I will be in Florence for one day this week and would like to ask for your suggestions on restaurants for a nice lunch in the center of the city. I would love something charming and authentic (the exact opposite of a touristic one). Any suggestions on local cuisines and wines are very welcome!

Many thanks for your help :-)

Cheers,

TravellingCA


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2014
Vasari Corridor  (4 Answers)

Has anyone recently toured Florence, the Vasari Corridor in particular. Do you feel the cost (50 euro) is a good investment?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2014
montalcino  (3 Answers)

is there bus service from Florence airport to montalcino and how long does it take


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2014
goth store  (1 Answer)

are there any gothic/alternative fahion shops in Florence?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2014
Uffizi Ticket Booking  (2 Answers)

Hi, I booked an Uffizi museum ticket online from the supposedly official website . I see that the booking states Galleria degli Uffizi Intero/Ful;:( Block 16:15 | Row 2 | Seat 4221 ). It cost me EUR 15. I found it odd that the admission ticket has a row number and seat number. I tied to call them but it seems the offices are closed now. Has anyone booked the tickets on line in advance and has seen a row/seat number in the booking confirmation ? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2014
San Miniato Al Monte - gregorian chants  (6 Answers)

We are travelling to Florence in early April and would like to attend the service with gregorian chants at San Miniato. Does this happen every evening? At what time? Thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2014
Florence City centre to San Brigida  (2 Answers)

Hi, will be in Florence with a group of friends in early April. We are visiting the winery Castello del Trebbio. Can you pls let me know what is the best available bus route to the place ? Are the buses generally on time ? Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2014
Driving Challenge near airport  (7 Answers)

We have planned to rent a car for 2 days in Florence in order to tour the Chianti area. Thought picking it up at the airport was smart as it has 24 hour pickup & drop off. However have read a couple of horror stories (not on this site) about maneuvering around this area. Can any of you very experienced guides help with any ideas or suggestions that could alleviate my anxieties. I have had years of driving in large cities, (Toronto, Vancouver) but realize European driving habits could be very different. Must admit I find roundabouts a definite challenge!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2014
Vasari Corridor  (2 Answers)

Requesting info. - will purchase tix prior to our Oct 2014 visit. Will not tour Uffizi in conjunction with this visit. Is there a re enactment at this site. Appreciate any info and review. Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2014
where was this picture taken  (25 Answers)

My picture was taken 30 years ago, i sat in horse carriage when driver was absent , i wish to know the exact place that picture was taken, then i can use google street view to see what the place is look like now.

Highly expecting i can get answer in this forum, Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2014
2nd Hand Stores in Florence?  (2 Answers)

Are there any stores that sell USED clothing and household items (like Salvation Army or Goodwill, in the USA) in Florence?

Grazie for any info


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2014
Recommended Resturants  (6 Answers)

Is there a list of recommended resturants, especially small Ma & Pa Resturants. I am looking for ones that won't be crowded with Tripadvisor and Rick Steves followers.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2014
Best Pizza in Florence  (2 Answers)

Where can I get the best coal fired pizza in Florence?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 28, 2013
Just need a basic coat for teenage boy  (8 Answers)

I didn't bring a warm enough coat for my teenage son (13). Where in Florence or Siena can I buy just a normal (not a fancy) coat?



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