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San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) it began its life as a town in the 10th century taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena, who is said to have saved the village from the barbarian hordes. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the “Via Francigena” the trading and pilgrim’s route that crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and monasteries. During this scenic mountain bike ride a wine tasting, together with the visit to a winery can be included upon request.

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Florence typical trattorias and outside journeys

Overlooking the Arno, there is a traditional Tuscan trattoria called the Antico Ristoro di Cambi, run by the Cambi family that will welcome you with a warm ambience. The tuscan vegetable soup (ribollita) and the fiorentina T-bone steak are amazing. (Close on Sunday, Via S. Onofrio 1r; ph: +39 055 217134; av. prices 25€; wine 8€). Situated Oltrarno, the cheap trattoria la Casalinga is usually packed up. Situated between Pitti Palace and S. M. Del Carmine, serves ribollita and other typical dishes at fair prices. (Via del Michelozzo 9r; ph: +39 055 218624; av price 20€). For Florence’s best bargain meal visit Salumeria, Vini, Trattoria (via Ghibellina 27; Ph+39 055 679 390, closed on Sat and Sun). Le Volpi e L’Uva, Piazza de’Rossi 1, to sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. The owners, Riccardo and Emilio, can advise a plate of salami and cheese to accompany your choice of wine.

South of the river there is tiny Vini (Via dei Cimatori 38) a simple wine counter (one of the last in the city) founded in 1875. Just stand on the pavement with the other customers and enjoy the wine.

For a good glass of wine or a nice meal try GustaVino (Via della Condotta, 37/R; ph: +39 055 2399 806; gustavino.it): very nice modern atmosphere and affordable prices at an average of 30€ per person.

A nice idea is a trip out side one of the hottest Italian cities during summer months. What about the Tuscany Countryside for which we are so famous?

Florence surroundings such as the hills of Chianti, the Careggi, Fiesole and Settignano are literally covered with wine and olive trees. It’s easy to find a nice cool spot to have a picnic or to unwind form the city traffic!

A very nice walk you should experience as a first-time visitor is the one which leads to Fiesole. If walking is not your thing, you can easily catch bus n. 7 from the main train station and reach the top of the hills in less than 30 minutes. The view is one of the best over the city and you will be find yourself surrounded by fine buildings of artistic and archaeological interest such as the Dome, the Roman Theatre and the S.Francesco church. Poets and writers have wrote odes and poems to these hilly places. If you are in Florence on the second Sunday of the month, go to Fiesole as it hosts a characteristic antique market in the central square. If you are a wine lover, you should also get a car or a motorbike and explore the beautiful Chianti region just south of Florence. This is a stunning area scattered with wine-growing estates spread out around ancient castles, ‘magioni’ and country villas. There is also the possibility to see this region by public transportations like buses or local trains that will bring you to Siena in about a hour, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca and more destinations. They all are an hours’ journey, although you might need to dedicate a couple of days to Siena if you wish to visit it properly.

There are also very affordable accommodations in Florence. From youth hostels to Bed and breakfast (B&B), family run hotels or charming villas. You can check the following list of selected ones. Hostel Veneto right behind the Dome, Soggiorno Prestipino Hostel near to the Santa Maria Novella railway station, International Student House hostel, the Armonia Hostel or the renowned Camping Michelangelo just a throw from the centre. But if you wish to experience a traditional accommodations in Florence you should try cheap lodging providers like B&B s (bed and breakfast), residences or guest houses that spread all over. Beatrice Hotel, Hotel guelfa, Il Ghiro Guest house, B&B Tourist House, A Montebello B&B, B&B Cinque Sensi, Leopolda Hotel, Soggiorno Prestipino, Nella Hotel, Giappone B&B, Collodi Hotel, Hotel Palazzo Lucchesi, Alamanni Hotel, Gemini Studios. For nice resorts and country houses in the Tuscany hills try Borghetto di San Filippo, Hotel Borgo Sant’Ippoloto or Villa dei Bosconi.

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Wealth and Comfort in Florence Italy

Florence Italy accommodation as hotel and cottage are concerned, let your imagination go from richly furnished five star hotels either in the heart of the city or smaller town accommodations, hidden away in the green hued country. From palaces to castles beautifully decorated and pensions or guesthouses owned by friendly area folk. These all year round lodgings have a wide price range but you can guaranteed that good bargains are to be found in the quiet season. Florence welcomes everyone to be cosy and caters to everybody’s budget.

Wealth and Comfort in Florence Italy

The Savoy Hotel is a fave for those wishing to fulfil a wish for luxury sleeping, not forgetting the shopping gallery and glorious cuisine at the restaurant. The Hotel II Guelfo Bianco on the Thru Cavour right close to the San Marco Square has antique art treasures and original paintings and glorious commodities. Or perhaps a stay at the Grand Hotel Baglioni with its sweeping grey stone stairway so common of many Florentine monuments and wooden beams decorating the ceiling all which give you that special sense of peace and relax.

Florence town should be visited in an extended period of time and if this isn’t feasible, then short visits are perfect to take in all the museums. And for me, one of the finest tactics to do that is by staying in a tiny city cottage near Florence and with your Florence auto rental, enjoy tiny joints into the town. One of the cutest medieval towns nearby is San Gimignano, situated in the triangle of Siena, Florence and Volterra. San Gimignano is undoubtedly known for its thirteen remaining towers of the first seventy-two which once existed. Here, you can have sweet dreams sleeping in a mansion from the 14th century and have breakfast in a dear terrace. Or in a rural house with high ceilings and worked iron beds.

Praise Good Italian Cooking

At some of these farmhouses there are cookery classes and it’s here where I learned to cook Stracotto or ‘Pot Roast’. This a very popular weekend Sun. meal in Italy as well as in Great Britain and North America. The Italians serve it over a tasty noodles bed of pasta enriched with the Chianti wine sauce where the others serve it with potatoes. Here goes……

Stracotto ( serves 4-6 persons)

- 3 to four lbs. top round beef
- 4 thinly sliced garlic cloves
- three medium thinly chopped carrots
- 3 medium diced onions
- rosemary leaves
- 2 cut up celery stalks
- two cups water
- one lb. ripe tomatoes ( peel, seed and cut them )
- 1 fourth cup olive oil
- one and a half cup Chianti or dry red wine
- 1 tbsp. Softened butter
- 1 tbsp. flour
- salt as you like
- 1 lb. pasta of your choice

Roll and tie up beef and then make small holes to put the garlic into.

In a shallow pan, warm the oil and slowly cook the carrots, onions and celery till soft and add in the rosemary. Push these veggies to one side and put the meat roll in the middle and brown on all sides at the same time as you are sauting the veggies. Add in the tomatoes and when they’re getting soft, add the wine. Boil until the wine liquid has been consumed to about one half cup and add 1 and a half cup of water and let cook for almost one hour more. Separate the beef and veggies from the broth and let the meat cool. With remaining half cup of water mix the flour and the softened butter in with the broth and cook, consistently stirring it for 3 minutes. Slice meat and put the pasta and the sauce in the middle of the plate and 2 or 3 beef slices to one side and top with some more sauce if needed. Bon appetite!

This is just one of the Florence Italy recipes that I learned. Stay tuned for more!.

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Florence, Italy – Something for Everyone

Welcome to Florence, Italy, rated the number one city destination by tourists from around the world. Whether you have just a few days, a week or even more, there is plenty to keep you busy in Florence and the surrounding countryside.

Florence, or Firenze in Italian, is located in the heart of Italy’s Tuscany Region in western Italy, along the Arno River. It is 277 km north of Rome and 298 km south of Milan. It is the capital of the Tuscany Region and has a population of around 400,000 people, with approximately 200,000 more in the surrounding suburban areas.

Florence is an unrivaled repository of art and architectural treasures with masterpieces by geniuses such as Botticelli, Brunelleshi, Cellini, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Ghiberti, Giotto, Raphael and of course, Leonardo and Michelangelo.

The best time to visit Florence is in the Spring (April and May) and in the fall (September and October). June, July and August are not only the hottest months, but also the busiest months of the year. During this time, the streets of Florence are overrun, as the streets were not designed for mass tourism. Fighting the crowds tends to take away some of the joy of wandering through the streets and it can also make it difficult to get tickets to the most popular attractions.

Getting to Florence

Most major airlines can get you there with just one stop. For more options, you can also fly into Pisa, 93km west of Florence and take the express train for the hour-long trip to Florence. For the most flight options, you can fly into Rome. The train trip from Rome is 2-3 hours depending upon your connections.

City Layout

Florence is a city designed for walking with all the major sites in a compact area. The only problem, as I mentioned earlier, is that the sidewalks are unbearably crowded in the summer.

Florence is not divided into neighborhoods the way many cities are. Most locals refer to either the left bank or the right bank of the Arno River, and that is about it. The following neighborhoods really are just areas centering on a palace, church or square; they are rather arbitrary, but will give you some idea of where the major attractions are.

Centro could include all the historic heart of Florence, but mostly the term is used to describe the area southwest of the Duomo. Centro’s Via dei Tournabuoni is the city’s most elegant shopping street.

Piazza del Duomo and its surrounding areas are dominated by the tricolor Duomo, one of the largest buildings in the Christian world.

Piazza della Signoria is home to Florence’s most photographed statute, Loggia dei Lanzi, with Cellini’s Perseus holding up a beheaded Medusa.

Galleria degla Uffizi and the Palazzo Vecchio to the south is the city’s civic heart, best known for their museums.

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) area, located southwest of Piazza della Signoria is Florence’s oldest bridge. Built in the Middle Ages, it was the center for leather craftsmen, fishmongers and butchers.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Train Station are located on the northwestern edge of central Florence. Thousands flock to this area to see Michelangelo’s tomb whose symbolic figures of Day and Night are among the most famous sculptures of all time.

Piazza Ognissanti is located southwest of Piazza Santa Maria Novella. It is a fashionable Renaissance square opening onto the Arno River. This is where you will find two of the city’s most legendary hotels: the Grand and the Excelsior.

Getting Around

Florence is perfect for walking. It is small and compact enough that walking is really the ideal way to get around. It also gives you the chance to soak in all that Florence has to offer. As you plan your ventures and outings keep in mind that Florence has two numbering systems, one in red numbers and one in black numbers. The red numbers identify commercial enterprises such as shops and restaurants. Black numbers identify office buildings, private homes, apartment houses and hotels. Because street numbers are chaotic, it is best to get cross streets and some landmarks to make finding an address easier.

Top Things to See and Do

Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio – Florence’s most famous square is Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the historic center and a free open-air sculpture exhibit. The Loggia della Signoria holds some important statues including a copy of Michelangelo’s David. Plazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence. This massive, Tuscan Gothic fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls in Tuscany. It is one of the most significant public places in Italy. The palazzo contains elaborately decorated public rooms and private apartments. Around the piazza are cafes and restaurants.

Il Duomo and Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore – Florence’s most popular site is its Duomo (cathedral), the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore. The huge Gothic duomo was begun in 1296, consecrated in 1436, and holds 20,000 people. The exterior, made of green, pink, and white marble, has several elaborate doors and interesting statues. Inside, Brunelleschi’s Dome is a masterpiece of construction.

The Baptistry – The Baptistry of John the Baptist, from the 11th century, is one of Florence’s oldest buildings. Its exterior is made of green and white marble and has three sets of amazing bronze doors (reproductions – the originals are in the Duomo Museum and are also worth a visit).

Campinile – Bell Tower – The Campinile, bell tower, is in Piazza del Duomo. The first story was designed by Giotto and it is commonly called Giotto’s Campinile.

Ponte Vecchio – The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), built in 1345, was Florence’s first bridge across the Arrno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days (others were destroyed in World War II). The Ponte Vecchio is still lined with shops selling gold and silver jewelry. From the bridge, you will have a great view along the Arno River and beyond.

Galleria degli Uffizi – The Galleria degli Uffizi holds the world’s most important collection of Renaissance art but it is also Italy’s most crowded museum. The Uffizi holds thousands of paintings from medieval to modern times and many antique sculptures, illuminations, and tapestries. Artists whose works you will see include Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, and Raphael.

Galleria dell’ Academia – Florence’s Galleria dell’ Academia holds important paintings and sculptures from the 13th-16th centuries. Michelangelo’s David, probably the most famous sculpture in the world, is in the Galleria dell’ Academia as well as other sculptures by Michelangelo. You will also find an interesting collection of musical instruments, begun by the Medici family.

Boboli Garden and Pitti Palace – Cross the Ponte Vecchio to the Giardino di Boboli, a huge park on a hillside in the middle of Florence behind the Pitti Palace. Here you will find beautiful gardens and fountains and a great view of Florence from the Forte Belvedere.

The Pitti Palace, Florence’s largest palazzo, was once the seat of the Medici family. You can visit eight different galleries, including art, costumes, jewelry, and apartments.

Santa Croce – Santa Croce, in Piazza Santa Croce, is the largest Franciscan church in Italy and holds the tombs of several important Florentines including Michelangelo and Dante. The vast interior contains some exceptional stained glass windows and frescoes. One of Brunelleschi’s most important works, the Cappella dei Pazzi, is in Santa Croce.

Shopping – Florence has some of the finest shopping in Europe. In Florence, you will find leather goods, paper goods, and jewelry as well as nice souvenirs and art productions. Florence has a number of open-air markets selling food, clothing, and antiques. The most famous is around Piazza San Lorenzo where you will find leather goods, too. Another good place is Mercato Nuovo (Porcellino) on Via Porta Rossa. Mercato Centrale is a great place for food shopping or just looking.

Cafés, Coffee Shops, Restaurants, Wandering and People Watching – My favorite thing to do in Florence is simply to wake up early, get to a small coffee shop and start my day with a hot cup of coffee, a good pastry and watch the town come alive. I check out my map, pick the area I want to discover and can spend the whole day wandering the streets, taking in all that Florence has to offer. I stop from time to time at one of the never-ending number of café’s, coffee shops or restaurants to recharge. I marvel at the number and variety of people around me and reminisce about the memories I have already made that day. Before I know it, it is time to hit the street again and I am off to make more memories.

Day Trips from Florence

Tuscany Region – Spend a day touring one of the most bombastic areas of Tuscany, known all over the world for its countryside of unrivalled charm, where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves, in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles of rare beauty.

Pisa – Take a drive through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside to the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Take a panoramic drive along the banks of the Arno, and then tour Piazza dei Miracoli, with the celebrated Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and other important monuments. Be sure to visit the interior of the Cathedral, it is an unrivalled masterpiece of Romanesque art constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries.

Siena and San Gimignano – Take a beautiful excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, and see an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees.

In Siena, visit the old city centre: walk along the small medieval streets, admire the splendid palaces and end up at the Cathedral where you can visit the splendid interior including the Libreria Piccolomini (library) which was founded in 1495 by Pope Pius III and the adjacent Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana (museum).

Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval squares in the world, where you will find the Palazzo del Comune, a palace started in 1297 and finished in the early 1300’s.

From Siena, head to San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. On your way back to Florence stop and visit the old mediaeval village of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls, still intact.

Favorite Places to Eat

San Michele – Located in an 11th century monastery Villa San Michele, a small luxury hotel, is home to San Michele Restaurant. Perched on the hills about 20 minutes from Florence, San Michele offers you one of the most spectacular views of Florence and one of the most memorable dining experiences as well. The view is only rivaled by the Florentine and Tuscan cuisine and stellar service. For a real treat try the ribollita, a traditional Tuscan vegetable and bread soup, it is the best I had in Florence.

Reservations are necessary. When you make your reservations be sure to request a table with a good view as some are blocked by trees. Plan to be there just before sunset so you can experience both the stunning view during the day and the romantic city lights at night.

Trattoria Za Za also known as Za Za’s – Casual, crowded, lively with great food at a reasonable price. Just minutes from Piazza Republica and the Duomo, Za Za’s is touristic favorite.

This is the perfect place to go with friends, to meet new friends or just to sit back and people watch. They have seating both in-doors and out. I recommend sitting outside, especially if you like to people watch, there is a lot see!

Za Za’s menu is wide and varied with great classics and a few unexpected dishes. Try the three soups special. It is delicious and a great way to experience pappa al pomodoro and ribollita, two traditional soups from the region.

Cantinetta Dei Verrazzano – In the mood for a sandwich, coffee, or a pastry? Then try Cantinetta Dei Verrazzano; never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a charming place existed in Florence.

Do you call it a restaurant, a café, or a coffee shop? To my delight, it was all of the above. Cantinetta dei Verrazzano, is simply a small and charming place housed in a former bakery that caters to eat-on-the-run crowds, small sandwiches, coffee, plates of fresh cheeses, salamis, and “to die for desserts”.

Whether you are in need of a quick bite and a coffee or want to unwind at the end of a long day, this is the place. Be prepared to wait for a table or be willing to stand at one of the small bars/counters along the walls. If you love to people watch, this is the place to be. The tables turn over fast so there is always a lot to see.

Paoli – Located just blocks from Piazza Repubblica, between the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, Paoli offers you true Tuscan dining in a lively and at times crowded atmosphere.

Housed in part of a 13th century palace with domed ceilings and Fresco painted walls Paoli is casual and offers large servings of fresh salads prepared at your table and true Tuscan pastas and meat entrées.

Try their “pappa al pomodoro”, a traditional Tuscan soup made with a mixture of stale/left-over (day old) bread and farm fresh tomatoes. In the past, poorer Tuscans used pappa al pomodoro to make the food they had last longer. To my delight, Paoli serves it now, not as a way to make their food last longer but as a way for you to experience true Tuscan cuisine. I tried pappa al pomodoro at a few different places but by far Paoli’s was the best.

Presentation and service is more like you’d expect at home (well, maybe a crowded Italian home) than at a 5 star restaurant, but that just adds to the charm of the experience.

As you can see, bombastic Florence has something for everyone; art lovers, museum buffs, shoppers, diners, people watchers and even those that just want to slip away to a beautiful Italian city to unwind and relax.

Andrew Satkowiak is a freelance journalist who writes travel articles for various magazines and newspapers. When Andrew is not traveling, he writes for his website, Bombastic Life. More of Andrew’s travel articles, reviews, advice and information can be found at www.BombasticLife.com.


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Ways That One Can Conquer Florence Italy

Florence Italy accommodation as far as hotel and farmhouse are concerned, let your imagination go from richly furnished five star hotels either in the hub of the city or smaller town accommodations, hidden away in the green hued countryside. From palaces to castles exquisitely decorated and pensions or guesthouses owned by friendly local people. These all year round lodgings have a wide price range but you can assured that good bargains are to be found in the low season. Florence welcomes everybody to be comfortable and caters to everyone’s budget.
Wealth and Comfort in Florence Italy
The Savoy Hotel is a favourite for those wishing to fulfil a desire for luxury sleeping, not forgetting the shopping gallery and excellent cuisine at the restaurant. The Hotel II Guelfo Bianco on the Via Cavour right near the San Marco Square has antique art treasures and original paintings and excellent commodities. Or maybe a stay at the Grand Hotel Baglioni with its sweeping grey stone stairway so typical of many Florentine monuments and wooden beams decorating the ceiling all which give you that special feeling of peace and relax.

Florence city needs to be visited during an extended period of time and if this is not feasible, then short visits are ideal to take in all the museums. And for me, one of the best ways to do this is by staying in a small town farmhouse near Florence and with your Florence car rental, enjoy small joints into the city. One of the cutest medieval towns nearby is San Gimignano, situated in the triangle of Siena, Florence and Volterra. San Gimignano is undoubtedly known for its thirteen remaining towers of the original seventy-two which once existed. Here, you can have sweet dreams sleeping in a mansion from the 14th century and have breakfast in a precious patio. Or in a rural house with high ceilings and worked iron beds.
Praise Good Italian Cooking
At some of these farmhouses there are cookery classes and it is here where I learned to cook Stracotto or ‘Pot Roast’. This is a very popular weekend Sunday meal in Italy as well as in Great Britain and North America. The Italians serve it over a delicious noodles bed of pasta enriched with the Chianti wine sauce where the others serve it with potatoes. Here goes……

Stracotto (serves 4-6 persons)

- 3 to 4 lbs. top round beef
- 4 thinly sliced garlic cloves
- 3 medium thinly sliced carrots
- 3 medium diced onions
- rosemary leaves
- 2 cut up celery stalks
- 2 cups water
- 1 lb. ripe tomatoes ( peel, seed and cut them )
- 1 fourth cup olive oil
- 1 and a half cup Chianti or dry red wine
- 1 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 tbsp. flour
- salt and pepper as you like
- 1 lb. pasta of your choice

Roll and tie up beef and then make small holes to put the garlic into.

In a saucepan, heat the oil and slowly cook the carrots, onions and celery until soft and add in the rosemary. Push these vegetables to one side and put the beef roll in the middle and brown on all sides at the same time as you are sautéing the veggies. Add in the tomatoes and when they are getting soft, add the wine. Boil until the wine liquid has been consumed to about one half cup and add 1 and a half cup of water and let simmer for about 1 hour more. Separate the meat and vegetables from the broth and let the meat cool. With remaining half cup of water mix the flour and the melted butter in with the broth and cook, constantly stirring it for 3 minutes. Slice meat and put the pasta and the sauce in the middle of the plate and two or three meat slices to one side and top with some more sauce if desired. Bon appetite!

This is just one of the Florence Italy recipes that I learned. Stay tuned for more!

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Florence Private Tours to Discover Tuscany | Sienna San Gimignano Florence Day Trip with Nancy Aiello Tours

When in Florence discover San Gimignano and Siena medieval hill top towns with this Florence day tour designed to discover Tuscan medieval history and delicious food along with magical landscapes of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves! San Gimignano and Siena are just a short drive from Florence and make the perfect spot for a day off from Florence on a journey to experience Tuscany countryside on a day trip from Florence crafted to keep the whole family entertained and involved.

The medieval walled town of Siena is the perfect Tuscany destination for a charming private Florence day tour excursion! Guests will fall in love with the impressive Cathedral of Siena a masterpiece of gothic architecture, Siena’s museum, the stunning piazza del Campo of Siena and the wine and food Sienna is famous for!

Florence day trip continues on to the medieval town of San Gimignano, UNESCO World Heritage Site, a tiny village filled with history that has survived the centuries. The hilltop town of San Gimignano is famous for its numerous skyscraper-like towers and medieval churches adorned with frescoes and art treasures. On the way back to Florence you will visit the century old tiny village of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous still-intact medieval walls.

NancyAiellotours.com (http://www.nancyaiellotours.com) day tour to Siena and San Gimignano from Florence through the picturesque countryside of the Chianti region is the best way to sample the best Italy has to offer just a short drive from Florence to explore little hill towns and beautifully preserved medieval cities, stunning masterpieces of art and architecture matched by highly personalized Italy food and wine itineraries to suit the well read traveler.

Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours advises leisure and business travelers with the finest, most comprehensive tailor-made private guided tours of Florence combined with Tuscany travel services and private transfers to experience and enjoy the Tuscany lifestyle in full!

NancyAielloTours.com and its team of Florence official tour guides draw on extensive local knowledge to provide detailed & customized tours of Siena and San Gimignano in Tuscany to enjoy Italy local arts, Italy food and wine, well-being, golf and Italy charm. These include Florence and Pisa airports and Livorno Spezia ports of call welcome, recommendation of hotels and deluxe accommodation in Florence and Tuscany, Florence to/from Rome private transfers and logistics arrangements, personal Florence shopping tours with Florence personal shoppers and private Florence cookery lessons.

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