Thinking about Italy, things coming to mind are good food, tasty wine and enjoying life. After my trip to Rome, and afterwards Sardinia (also recommended!) Florence was on the program. Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and is a perfect base for both the city and the countryside. Since we were traveling in high season (August) we could count on a generous portion of heat. For me, I can stand it well, but not everyone likes 37/38 degrees Celcius. Thanks to some preliminary research I found a beautiful hotel (Art Hotel Villa Agape) a few minutes drive outside the city (including a free shuttle service to the center), which made the combination of a quiet surrounding and citylife perfect. That the hotel is rated with a 9.4 is not surprising, given its location, style and beautiful garden. The garden offers plenty of seats to enjoy a glass of Italian wine. The shuttle takes you within 15 minutes to the heart of Florence at any time. With all its highlights, the city has enough to offer for an unforgettable trip.
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1. Uffizi: The one who hasn't visited the world-famous museum Uffizi has not seen the city of Florence.
2. Duomo Firenze: By far the most famous and beautiful church in Florence is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.
3. Palazzo Pitti: This majestic palace and estate is certainly worth a visit. To admire only the gardens, you're sure to spend half a day.
Even if you're not interested in culture, but just want to enjoy the terraces and shops, I'm sure you will enjoy yourself. When it comes to fashion, Florence is a paradise with both the big brands and small Italian specialty stores.
During our stay we paid a visit to the following cities in Tuscany region:
1. Siena: do not miss this city! Siena is about a one-hour drive from Florence, a medium-sized place where you can still feel the real Italian atmosphere. Since the surrounding of Siena is rather plane and the city itself is on an elevation you can see it from a distance. To reach the city centre its possible to use escalators. The central square is still used annually for the famous horse races (Il Palio). Either the Duomo of Siena should not be missed during your visit.
2. Pisa: who doesn't know it. The city with it's leaning Tower. In advance we already read that Pisa itself isn't the most beautiful city, but we still wanted to see the tower in real life. Regarding the city, it didn't disappoint me, but staying there longer than one day is certainly not necessary. It's very busy and there are just few points of interest besides the tower.
3. Volterra: less known, but more than worth it! This beautiful city in Pisa region was one of the highlights during our trip. The traveling time from Florence was about 1.5 hour along a fascinating landscape. The city itself is considerably smaller than Siena, but with its narrow streets, restaurants and panorama-views unforgettable.
Because I can't get enough of the beautiful region of Tuscany, I will visit it again in may 2018.
This time - you can imagine - Volterra is the main residence.
Keep an eye on my INSTA for new photos and videos of my second Tuscany trip.