Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuscany Travel Guide

I thought it might be helpful to share more of the details of our travels in Italy to help anyone planning a similar trip. You can use this link to access our full itinerary including maps of the major cities we visited. 

Where to STAY: in Florence we loved 1865 Residenza d'Epoca which is tiny, five bedroom hotel run by a husband and wife team. The rooms were clean and beautiful, the breakfasts were superb, and the complementary evening vin santo and biscotti were the perfect touch. 

In Tuscany we loved Borgo Santo Pietro which is on a level unto itself. The service and rooms were impeccable (as an example, all guests are provided with a cell phone should you require anything - like a cocktail or blanket - while anywhere on the grounds so that you can call to request and they'll come find you), the grounds are incredibly romantic, and the food was amazing. The hotel also had both an artist and yoga teacher in residence during our stay which allowed for additional daily activities. 

Where to EAT: in Florence we especially enjoyed the upstairs at Mercato Central, Pizzeria del Caffé Italiano, 'Ino, I Due Fratellini, and Trattoria Cibrèo. All of which offered sufficient vegetarian options. We also enjoyed treats from Dolci di Patrizio Cosi, Gelateria Carabè, Vestri, and Gelateria Vivoli.

In Tuscany we loved Osteria le Logge in Sienna, our hotel's two restaurants, random cheese shops in Pienza, and Le Cantine di Greve in Chianti in Greve in Chianti.

Where to EXPLORE: beyond the huge sites in Florence (Duomo Complex, Palazzo and Ponte Vecchio, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Boboli Gardens, and Uffizi), we also enjoyed the Mercato Central, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, and a morning walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo. By train we took partial day trip to Modena (and the Ferrari museum and test drive) and Siena (the interior of the Duomo in Siena is far more striking than the one in Florence)

In Tuscany, we spent time relaxing on the hotel grounds but also enjoyed Fontodi Winery, Le Cantine di Greve in Chianti wine shop in Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Poggio Antico Winery, and Pienza (especially the cheese). 

xx Molly













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