it’s a fabulous hotel super well located, Walking distance from city center in Florence (touristic attractions such as Ponte Vecchio). The accommodation in Florence was not cheap anyway. Better book in advance because june is the beginning for high season.
Early afternoon, we leave to explore the city. To see absolutely not original but superb, the cathedral of Florence (Duomo) ! You can climb the steps that lead to its summit for 10 €.
The view is superb and this ticket will also allow you to visit the bell tower and the baptistery. Undoubtedly the most beautiful monument we have seen in Florence. Small regret for the photographer that I am, we did not have the best possible light being there in the middle of the afternoon but it must be superb the view at sunset
Then we go to Piazza della Signoria, the heart of the historic centre. We are not very museums so we prefer to walk from this place.
Ponte vecchio, basilica santa maria novella are on the program of our walk.
We are already at the end of the day and we are eating in the historic centre. Very nice atmosphere.
The next day, we start our visit with the garden of Boboli. Great garden with a beautiful view of the city. Very pleasant. Then we head back to the city centre to eat and discover the San Lorenzo Market . Always a nice moment. The afternoon still marks a moment of strolling and good Italian ice cream before returning to the hotel to rest a little…
In the evening we go to the sunset at thePiazzale Michelangelo . Great place with a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Day 3 and 4. wine road 2 nights
This morning we leave Florence with our rental car to discover the panoramic wine route, called the chiantigiana. Many points of view decorate this beginning of the road trip. It’s beautiful. This road is the SR222 to be exact.
We stop to eat at “Greve in Chianti“. A small village where it is pleasant to stroll. Before continuing this superb route until our evening stop, San Gimignano where we will stay 2 days to discover the surrounding landscapes and villages, especially Volterra which is worth a visit.
In the program of these 2 days, gastronomic discoveries, strolling in streets with incredible charm. Tour in local markets.
Night in the hotel relais santa chiara hotel, 5/10mn walk from the heart of San Gimignano. Pleasant swimming pool, highly recommend ! (booked in advance)
Day 5 & 6 : Siena 2 NIGHTS
On day 5, we do not rush to leave Chianti and arrive in the early afternoon at Siena where we will spend 2 wonderful days.
In the program, visit the Piazza Salimbeni, sublime architecture. We stroll through the streets of Siena, which offers beautiful views of the surrounding valleys.
Piazza del Campo where a most world famous horse race take place. We finish the evening here and go back to our hotel.
The next day, we go to the Duomo! Superb visit once again with a beautiful view of the whole city at its top. We recommend the “Opa Si Pass” which gives access to the Duomo but also to the crypt, the cathedral etc… and in particular the Facciatone, which offers you a view of the city…
let’s take a stroll in the historical centre in the afternoon. For the most rushed, if the timing is tight, 1 and a half days may be enough for Siena and it could have been an opportunity to go to another destination such as Lucca or Pise. We preferred to take our time and draw a line on Pisa for which we often heard mixed opinions.
Our hotel on this stage: we have chosen the B&B la terrassa sul campo for its location and its view and setting in a historic building. Very pleasant staff…
Day 7 : 1 night in Lucca
So we go to Lucca, a city with a medieval character.
If you like cobbled streets, beautiful squares, fortifications, then you will appreciate the visit and character of this small town. We did everything on foot.
It is called the city of a hundred churches. We only visited Saint Martin’s Cathedral.
Then have a look at piazza dell anfiteatro. Charming.
Then we strolled through the streets, passing through the Guingi tower or Napoleon Square
We enjoy walking but lot of people use a bike to visit this village. Could be a nice alternative to rent a bike !
We slept in Lucca to enjoy it to the end and the next day we woke up at dawn to fly back home from Florence.