Thursday, March 6, 2008
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
Please email Caren or me if you have any questions.
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.
- San Gimignano http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gimignano
- Assisi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisi
- Lucca http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucca
- Siena http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siena
- Pisa – (don’t do it)
I did a quick google search and came out with a couple of tour companies
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.
BUONANOTTE GARIBALDI B&B Tel. 06 58330733
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
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
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: www.sea-aeroportimilano.it
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 http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
You'll have to connect through Toronto, but we found a deal from Rochester to Rome (for my sister) through Toronto for only $200 roundtrip!
The sale ends January 8th.
Trains from Rome to Florence are pretty much hourly, and the trip is only 1 1/2 hours. The following excerpt is from Frommers.com
Florence is Tuscany's rail hub, with connections to all the region's major cities. To get here from Rome, you can take the Pendolino (four daily, 1 3/4 hr.; make sure it's going to Santa Maria Novella station, not Rifredi; you must reserve tickets ahead), an EC or IC train (24 daily, just under 2 hr.), or an interregionale (seven daily, around 3 hr.). There are also about 16 trains daily from Milan (3 hr.) through Bologna (1 hr.).
Most Florence-bound trains roll into the Stazione Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Stazione (tel. 800-888-088 toll-free in Italy, or 055-288-765; www.trenitalia.it), which you'll often see abbreviated as S.M.N. The station is on the northwestern edge of the city's compact historic center, a 10-minute walk from the Duomo and a 15-minute walk from Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi. There are loads of budget hotels immediately east of there around Via Faenza and Via Fiume.