Enjoy Florence and some great Tuscany Tours

Florence the capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy is also the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, a fantastic collection wonderful places to visit in and around the city is well worth a visit or even more then one if you have the time to do so. Now before we start a little word of caution this city and the surrounding places that you may visit are crowded with tourists these days so be forewarned and best avoid the main travel seasons. Florence can be easily reached from many European capitals by train and the Italian high speed trains are a wonder all by themselves reaching speeds of up to 300 Km/h they bring you fast to your destinations. Then there is the Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci international airport offering many international flights of you may choose the airport of Pisa that is served by many Low-cost airlines like Easyjet, Ryanair and others, Pisa airport and Florence are connected by rail and by bus. Then of course by car, Florence is connected by good highways, but be warned parking in the city can set you back around US $ 30.00 per night. There are a great many Hotels available in town try to find one in the center or old town to be where you can find everything in walking distance. I dont even want to start here and list all Hotels and the fantastic places you can visit in Florence for that best check out the list here at Wikitravel with many great tips for the city.

And now for the tours available from Florence. All these tours can be booked at most Hotels desks and many of the tour operators offer to pick you up a your Hotel and bring you to the place besides the train station where the buses depart. The tours are reasonable priced and surely you may fond some that will fit your budget. There are some varieties of combination of places you may visit depending on your interest and time. Some of the paces we like to mention and are real gems of the Toscany and surrounding areas are: San Gimignano and Siena in the Chianti region some of these tours include typical lunch and wine tasting of some of the regional delicacies. Then there is a tour to Pisa and Lucca and another that we highly recommend to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano this last stop was one of my favorite places to visit in Tuscany. A little further away there is another tour available to Cinque Tere on the Mediterranean Rivera of Ital in the region called Liguria with its impressive landscapes with the picturesque and colorful villages along the rocky coastline. Some of the tour here include bus, train and ferry back to Portovenere another beautiful village to visit. Please study the brochures available in your Hotels Lobby carefully and choose the ones that most interest you. Of course there are also tour available in Florence itself some of the include Museum tickets so you can avoid the long lines to get in there.

Attached we show you a few images that can only offer a little glimpse to all the wonders Tuscnay has to offer with its lovley landscapes and old villages with all the beautiful renaissance buildings the hilltop fortresses and the wonderful atmosphere this magical part of Italy and its people represent.

A Visit To Menaggio Lake Como Italy

A Visit To Menaggio Lake Como Italy

Menaggio is a jewel located in northern Italy on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra. Menaggio can be reached by car or bus service from Como by ASF Autolinee (Route C10) or from Lugano Switzerland by bus service by ASF Autolinee (Route C12). Menaggio is very popular with tourists all year round so please be sure to make reservations for your preferred hotel well in advance. Hotels B&B Guest House or villas are available in many price ranges and good restaurants as well as great gelaterias are easy to find here. So know that you are settled in and had your first few wow experiences from the fantastic views to the lake and mountains what should you visit next?

Here are a few cool visits you should not miss as all are close by and well worth your time:

1. Boat tours: well you can hire your own boat or water taxi or just get on the Lake Como ferry service, a highly developed public transport system linking the many small towns around the Lake. Start to explore town by town or pick your favorite and do one a day.

2. Visit Villa Carlotta in the nearby town of Tremezzo. See the Villa Carlotta with the impressive gardens laid out in the former classical Italian style with different varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas. The neoclassical villa stands above three terraces and offers fantastic views over the lake area.

3. Another stop over is to visit Villa Del Balbianello, situated at Lenno at the far end of the peninsula Lavedo. This is yet another fantastic view point due to its special location offering awesome panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

4. Bellagio, one of the most popular tourist stops is right across the lake from Menaggio. Here a must is a visit to the Villa Serbelloni, it can only be visited by guided tour. Napoleon was here and that it was owned by a member of the Rockefeller family. Plus some romantic movies got made here and the area around Lake Como.

5. Menagio itself offers some awesome views along the walks through the town and its numerous gardens. Along the way you can take a look at some of Menaggio’s lovely little churches: San Stefano (17th century), San Giusto and San Carlo accompanied by a beautiful bell tower and the ruins of a medieval castle above the town is also worth a visit.

6. And last but not least stop over often have a little gelato and a cappuchino or try some antipasta, snacks and aperitifs. Feast on a great dinner at one of the many local restaurants, dont forget to check out the narrow backstreets as many little jewels are hidden away from the main street.

Attached we show you some images thanks to picsfrom.com from around Menaggio and the Lake Como. Those images where taken in September of 2013.