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Tuscany, Italy توسكانا

Tuscany (Italian: Toscana, pronounced [tosˈkaːna]) is a region in central Italy.

If you are planning a trip around Tuscany, a car will be required. Some parts of Tuscany can be reached with public transportation but many of the small villages waiting for you to be explored are not.

This is a an itinerary example of how you could do Tuscany, as I always recommend, try to customize the trip as whatever suits you and live your own experience 😉

هالمخطط هو مثال يساعدكم لتخطيط رحلتكم لتوسكانا في ايطاليا, لكن ومثل كل مره أنصح البحث عن الوجهات وتغيير هالمخطط على حسب اهتماماتكم

Arrival city: Florence

Florence

If you plan on staying in Florence, check out our Florence post here to get some ideas. You do not need a car while in Florence, as everything is walking distance, you could rent a car on your last day in Florence.

Pisa

After Florence, your next stop could be Pisa in the morning to explore the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, where you’ll be able to finally admire the famous Leaning Tower up close.

 

Lucca

Lucca

Lucca is very easy to reach both by car as well as train from both Pisa and Florence.

Lucca is also home to several annual events and manifestations that always attract people from everywhere, such as the Summer Festival. Concerts by internationally renowned artists enliven different locations of the city usually on July, while another renowned event, Lucca Comics & Games, usually takes place in late October/early November.

Siena

“A Step back to Medieval Tuscany”. The city is easy to reach and is suitable for a day trip

 

And since you’re around.. it is worth checking out:

Portofino

I stayed at Santa Margherita and went to portofino for the day and to have lunch, then took off to our next destination.

Cinque Terre

I absolutely loved and recommend Cinque Terre. However, for Cinque Terre, you must identify whether you wanna see the 5 Terre’s or only the recommended ones. Checkout our Cineuq Terre post here.

For more details and to have a different mix of this trip, feel free to contact us on info@hello965.com

 

Ciao!

Cinque Terre – Italy

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Here five crazily constructed fishing villages, set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet.

How to get there?
There are airports at Genoa and at Pisa. (by car to Cinque Terre around an hour to an hour 30 minutes)
Personally, my flight was to Florence, as I was planning a road trip and Cinque Terre was one of the stops. So we rented a car and drove to multiple places from Florence. (Florence to Cinque Terre around 2 hours drive)
I do not recommend you to stay at a hotel in Cinque Terre – Find a place near by and go back and forth. Somewhere you could look to reserve a hotel and drive from is Either Portofino or Santa Margherita.
Other options as a base to see Cinque Terre from:
– A day trip from Milan
– A day trip from Florence
– A day trip from Siena
Keep in mind, a car is a good option to travel, but not so great option to drive within the Cinque Terres. So renting a car would make sense if you’re stopping at other places too. Additionally, make sure you check with your hotel if they have private parking spaces where you could park your car for the time you’re there.
Best time to visit? April to October
The best months for walking are May, June, September, and the first half of October. July and August are best avoided if you don’t like the heat
The villages are (As shown in the map above), starting from the northernmost one, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
Monterosso is about 1.5 hours from Genoa by train, and the closest city of any size to the Cinque Terre is La Spezia, just south of Riomaggiore, at about 15 minutes by train.
You could also ‘hike’ from town to town. In order for you to do that you have to carefully read about the trails and how to prepare for the hike and purchase the pass. There are 3 kinds of passes (trail only, trail + trains, trail + trains & ferries).
For just a taste of the trails, I would suggest you do the section from Monterosso to Vernazza. It is 3.5 km long and takes a little under two hours.

Monterrosso

1. Monterosso
Monterosso is the biggest village between the 5 villages (cars driving in the village!) and the landscape isn’t vertical unlike the rest of the villages. Monterosso is made up of an old town, a new town, lots of sandy beach, some larger hotels and a long seaside promenade suitable for strollers too. If you want to avoid stairs and have a more “resort” feel to your vacation then you should stay here.
vernazza

Vernazza

2. Vernazza
Vernazza is the jewel of the Cinque Terre. Its action is at the harbor, where you’ll find restaurants, a bar hanging off the edge of the castle, a breakwater with a promenade, and a tailgate-party street market every Tuesday morning.

For dinner, eat at a recommended seaside restaurant down at the marina. Ask to seat on the lower balcony. If the sea is rough you’ll be cooled off with sea spray.

  • Ristorante Belforte, Via Guidoni, 42, Vernazza. Phone + 39 0187 812222

Corniglia

3. Corniglia
Perched on a rocky spur above the waves, Corniglia is the only village of the five not on the water and the least touristy of the Cinque Terres.

Manarolo

4. Manarolo

In Manarola, go to ‘Punta Buonfiglio” which is a view point on a rocky promontory on the path towards Corniglia (Sentiero Azzurro). For dinner, you should eat at ‘Da Billy’. Bring your walking legs cause it’s up the hill with a great view. They serve seafood. After dinner head down to the local’s hangout with live music most nights:

  • Cantina dello Zio Bramante, Via Renato Birolli 110, Manarola. Phone: +39 0187 920442

Train home, or if it’s open, take the walking path called Via dell’Amore. Walking the moonlit path above the swirling ocean is AMAZING.

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

5. Riomaggiore
The most southern village of the five Cinque Terre. Have lunch or dinner at ‘La Lanterna‘. If you’re staying for long maybe you could head to the beach for a morning swim.
Finally, Be sure to “validate” your train tickets by inserting it into the yellow machine on your day of travel or you could risk a fine.
To be honest, this is one of the few trips where I just hopped on a train, got out, walked randomly, back on a train and onto the next destination!! It wasn’t planned at all. Everything we saw was beautiful, and everywhere we ate was delicious!! Feel free to share your Cinque Terre experience with us!
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Cheers,
Hello965 team
PS. all photos in this post are not mine except one. I can’t find any of my other Cinque Terre photos so I’m using talented photographer’s captures – thankyou! 🙂