Up spiraling hills you climb, in search of views and towers. San Gimignano is drop-dead-gorgeous and perhaps the most popular day trip from Florence or Siena. The historic and walled little city on a hill is great for an afternoon of exploring. Check online or at the bus station to purchase tickets....more
If you're staying in Florence and you're a backpacker, traveler, or anyone in their 20's or 30's, then this is the best place to stay. Without a doubt. Nadina and her husband are the nicest couple you'll ever meet who go out of there way to make sure everybody has a blast and...more
With a powerful pressence, the duomo is the central figure of Florence (just as its creators had intended in 1446). The sheer size of this cathedral will have you doing double-takes, as you check to see if it's actually all real or just some big hollywood set piece. But nope it's real and...more
An incredible hill town in Tuscany, here they pour the world famous red wine brunello di montalcino. Buses leave from Siena and take a little over an hour. Great day trip and a wine tasting mecca. Vino rosso per-fa-vor-e!
Hands down the best pizza in Florence, the lines are long and the locals eat here more than once a week. Doors open at 7pm so it's best to show up ten minutes before and wait in line. By 7:15pm there's a line stretching down the street. A thin bready crust topped with great local ingredients,...more
A stunning city and long time rival with Florence, Siena is a necessary stop in Tuscany and should strongly be considered to serve as your home base when shuttling to wine towns and the rolling countryside.
This small gallery costs 6 euros to enter but is well worth it! Michelangelo's David is surprising and striking. Do this the last hour before it closes (usually closes at 6pm). If you're going to try and take a picture, like I took this one, be quick and confident. Then move along. After the...more
An easy-to-do day trip from Florence...and it's worth doing. This could even be a 1/2 day trip. From the bus station you can grab a bus for 6 euros to the small town of Greve. The bus takes 1hr and will drop you at the central plaza. Even if you're only in Florence for a few days, this is your best...more