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Italy: Classic Tuscany and the Treasures of Florence

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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Gail McCain Jul 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM

I am considering this trip for Oct. 18 after the Hidden Villages of Tuscany trip which ends Oct. 17. I am a solo traveler. Would like to hear from others going. Thanks.


Roberta Monahan Jul 09, 2015 at 02:09 PM

Thinking seriously of going to Tuscany in October. I've been to Florence many times, and spent an afternoon in Sienna. Am really interested in Lucca. Looking for possible roommate. I speak some Italian and better French.
barbara cronin Jul 09, 2015 at 10:29 PM

Hi Roberta. Lucca is wonderful - period. The people are lovely. There are terrific little street art fairs and the food is marvelous. My second favorite is Sienna, particularly in October which is boar hunting season. I have bee there a umber of times and always find it magical particularly when viewing the butcher shops in said boar season. Florence these days makes me rather sad. There are many tourists, many emigrants and MUCH graffiti. Howevere who would be a fool enough not to be in Florence for a short time. When were you thinking now of going. I am going to Cuba in Noveber but the pull of Lucca and sienna is very very strong
Roberta Monahan Jul 10, 2015 at 04:27 PM

Thank you for the info. I agree about Florence. The last time I was there I entertained myself observing what the other tourists from various nations were ordering in restaurants. Still deciding between Italy or Paris. I spent a month in France last year.
Roberta Monahan Jul 10, 2015 at 04:28 PM

barbara cronin Jul 10, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Luca and Sienna are still on my list!
Roberta Monahan Jul 11, 2015 at 03:03 PM

Just attended a lecture at the Italian Cultural Institute about Sienna and learned that it is rare to find a trip that would spend 4 nights in Sienna.I think the universe is prompting me to go to Lucca and Sienna.
barbara cronin Jul 11, 2015 at 03:15 PM

Luca would not disappoint. I stayed there with RS a year ago on the Cooking in Tuscany. I cannot wait to go back. I had been looking in sept early October that included Sienna since I'm going to Cuba w RS in November but a
barbara cronin Jul 11, 2015 at 03:15 PM

Luca would not disappoint. I stayed there with RS a year ago on the Cooking in Tuscany. I cannot wait to go back. I had been looking in sept early October that included Sienna since I'm going to Cuba w RS in November but a
barbara cronin Jul 11, 2015 at 03:16 PM

Really don't care about going to Florence, I think the group leader we had in
barbara cronin Jul 11, 2015 at 03:21 PM

Luca was Suzanne she was delightful. Sienna is wonderful also but Lucca feels like home.


Donna Florence Jun 30, 2015 at 09:38 AM

Hello to all going on the Sept 27-Oct 10 trip to Tuscany/Florence. Anyone flying from DC?


Nancy Andriuk Jun 19, 2015 at 05:57 PM

Hello to the group who is going to this Tuscany/Florence trip on Sept 13-26. No news, just saying hello and take care, Nancy


barbara cronin Apr 15, 2015 at 11:43 PM

Shorts acceptable? But why? Then again it probably will be ok - Italians, have a high tolerance for foreigners' fashion foibles EXCEPT when it culturally offends. But do not fear it will immediately be brought to your attention


Paul Tress Apr 13, 2015 at 06:40 AM

Are shorts acceptable?
Ellen Rossi Apr 13, 2015 at 02:19 PM

You should dress comfortably and pack some long pants. Staff in some churches will ask visitors with tank tops or short shorts to don a woven paper poncho. Regarding weather, in some hill towns the temperature can vary widely from midday to evening. Best to check 10 day forecasts on the web.


Sally Richards Apr 07, 2015 at 02:58 PM

I meant 2105. Smiles, Sally


Sally Richards Apr 07, 2015 at 02:58 PM

Hello to all my fellow travelers going to Tuscany on May 3, 2014.
I am flying in a day early, is anyone else doing that? I would love to chat with all that are going. Thanks, Sally
Vicki Mitchell Apr 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Hi Sally, Pat and I are on the May 3rd Tuscany trip, too. We love Road Scholar and Italy, so we expect the trip to be excellent. We were in Italy 22 years ago and have been eager to return. After Tuscany, we're taking a back-to-back trip to the Cinque Terra area. We'll be in Florence an extra 2 days at the end, to fill the gap before joining our second group in Pisa. We are retired and live in Albuquerque. Look forward to meeting you!
Sally Richards Apr 13, 2015 at 01:35 PM

Hi Vicki and Pat, I am taking the Cooking in Tuscany and will have 4 days between prgrams. Maybe we can adventure in Florence together on May 16th. I will then be taking the train to Lucca. I live in Lafayette Ca and Italy has been on my bucket list for a long time. I am looking forward to meeting you.


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