Thursday, March 6, 2008

Getting to the Villa…

Unfortunately there is no good bus service to the Villa from the train station in Florence. A taxi is the best solution and costs around 15 euros +/- from the train station. The address of the Villa is Via San Matteo in Arcetri, 24.

For those of you staying at the Villa, there is a free shuttle from the Villa to the center of town every day.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

People staying at the villa (Family)

We have reserved and paid for the Villa for Thursday and Friday night, April 10th and 11th. (Thanks Caren’s Mom). If you would like to stay before or after these dates, please contact Lorenzo at the Villa directly. His email is Caren and I are arriving Tuesday at the villa and staying till Monday. The villa is 10 minutes from the center of Florence – the wedding planner also has suggested two other hotels within a short distance from the villa. These are also listed in a previous post on the blog.

Please email Caren or me if you have any questions.
Residence Michelangiolo
villa/hotel within 5 minutes walking distance to historical center of Florence
Villa Le Piazzole Montartino
in the Florentine hills near the villa, but a little further from town than the other hotel. This looks like a "quieter" location. They offer not only rooms, but also more apartment style accommodations for larger groups of people.

Tours in Tuscany - Day Trips from Florence

Several people have mentioned taking day trips from Florence – here are a few options of where to go within an hour or two of Florence.

- San Gimignano
- Assisi
- Lucca
- Siena
- Pisa – (don’t do it)

I did a quick google search and came out with a couple of tour companies

A little off topic – But could be helpful…

Rome hotels

Caren and I have done some research into Bed and Breakfasts/Hotels in Rome since we will be spending the last part of our Honeymoon there. We contacted several hotels who were already booked, but one facility was nice enough to provide a list of other hotels in the area – so we thought we would share. These hotels are in Trastevere, which is the oldest part of Rome adjacent to the river and closeby the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The Forum, Colleseum, and St. Peter’s are not far, either.

The above B&B is where we will stay April 21st-25th.

B&B ARCO DEL LAURO Tel. 06 97840350

HOTEL SAN FRANCESCO Tel. 06 58300051

RELAIS LE CLARISSE Tel. 06 58334437

RESIDENZA FARNESE Tel. 06 68 89 1388

HOTEL PONTE SISTO Tel. 06 68 63 11 66

RESIDENZA CANALI Tel. 06 45 43 94 16

VILLA DELLA FONTE Tel. 06 58 03 797

TRILUSSA PALACE Tel. 06 58 33 34 05

Wine Tour

Instead of having a rehearsal dinner, Christian’s parents (Carolyn and Merv) are planning a private wine tour for everybody on Thursday April 10th. It is slated to leave from the Villa ( at 11, but we will ask everyone to be at the villa by 10:30am. We will be driven in a bus to a castle in the countryside for lunch, a tour, and winetasting, and then there will be a short stop-off in Greve in Chianti. We should return to the villa by 3pm.

For planning purposes, please let me or Caren know if you will be in town by then and would like to go.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Planes and Trains

One of our Italy people sent us this information regarding getting to Florence from the airports and I thought I would share. Most airlines referenced are Europe based.


Florence “Amerigo Vespucci” Airport: also called “Peretola,” Florence is served by Meridiana (from London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona), Sterling (Copenhagen, Oslo), and SN Brussels, as well as the bigger companies. From the airport you can take a 15-minute taxi to the center of town (about €25). There is also a bus from the airport to the bus station (right next to the main “Santa Maria Novella” train station). The service is called “Vola in Bus” and is operated through Sita/Ataf. It takes 20-30 minutes, and costs €4. Tickets can be purchased on the bus.

Pisa (“Galileo Galilei”) Airport: Pisa is serviced by more budget airlines than Florence, including Ryan Air (Dublin, London, Liverpool, etc.!), Easy Jet (Bristol, Paris), Jet2 (Leeds, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle), Transavia (Amsterdam), Thompson (Coventry, Doncaster Sheffield), . There is a train station right at the airport where you can catch a train to the Central station, or even all the way to Florence. Or take the convenient shuttle bus to Florence (see the “Terravision” kiosk in the lobby), or take a bus or taxi to the Pisa Central station and take a train from there. A taxi all the way to Florence costs about €120, depending on the amount of luggage.

Rome “Leonardo Da Vinci” Airport is also known as “Fiumicino.” You can either take a taxi or train into the city. If you are a group of two or more and have lots of luggage (and it is not rush hour!), then it is probably easier, faster, and only marginally more expensive to take a taxi. The other choice is the train, which is handy since you can take your luggage cart from the airport to the station. Exit the Arrivals terminal and follow the signs for the train station, which is directly across the street. Cross the two-lane road and go up to the station, recognizable by a large clear plastic awning that covers the stairway leading up to the platform. There are elevators if you have a lot of luggage: when you get to the stairs, turn right and then left. There is a railway ticket office inside where you can buy your ticket to Rome and other destinations (like your return tickets for the end of the trip). If you are only going into Rome, you can buy tickets at the tobacconist (“Tabacchaio”) next to the ticket office. This is sometimes quicker. Tickets to Rome cost around €11. You can also buy a booklet of 7 for €60. There is a direct train to the main Roma Termini station every twenty minutes. If you are heading for another destination (like Tiburtina station), then you must take the train that stops at all stops.

Trains from Fiumicino (Rome) Airport to Roma Termini (the central train station)

This “Leonardo Express” depart every 30 minutes; the trip takes 30 minutes.

Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini at :05 and :35 past the hour, runs from 6:35 a.m. to 23:35 p.m.

Roma Termini to Fiumicino Airport at :22 and :52 past the hour, from 5:52 a.m. to 22:52 p.m.

Trains from Rome to Florence: there are frequent fast trains, either Eurostar (travel time 1 hr 36 mins) or IC-InterCity trains (2 hrs): 7:30 (ES), 7:42 (IC), 8:30 (ES), 8:50 (ES), 9:00 (ES), 9:30 (ES), 10:30 (ES), 10:52 (ES), 11:30 (ES), etc.

Milan “Malpensa” Airport: Please note that there are two airports in Milan. Most international flights fly into Malpensa. To get into the city you can take a taxi (expensive), bus, or train. The “Malpensa Shuttle” bus departs every 20 mins and goes to the Central train station. The trip costs €5 and takes about 50 mins. The “Malpensa Express” train is quicker during peak traffic hours, but goes to the Cadorna train station (a short taxi or metro ride from Centrale). It departs every 30 minutes, costs €11 (€13.50 if purchased on the train), and takes 40 minutes. Milan is a central rail hub for all of Italy, with frequent fast trains to other cities. The high-speed Eurostar train takes 2 hours 47 minutes to reach Florence. For information on both airports, see: .

Milan “Linate” Airport: Linate is about 7 km (4 mi) from Milan, and the Central train station is easily reached by airport bus, departing every 30 minutes from the Arrivals terminal. Fare is €3, buy tickets at the Agenzia Autostradale Linate or on board. The bus stops at the Lambrate train station in Milan before reaching the Central Station. Taxis to the center cost about €15

For more information of train schedules see

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Despite our untraditional tendencies, we have created wedding registries at Crate and Barrel, and Macy's. Click on links below to be directed to the sites: