Florence Travel Blog› entry 8 of 9 › view all entries
November 5th, 2007 – by: anabran
We stayed in Florence for 5 nights and we could have stayed longer in the Tuscan area. The next time we come here the plan is to rent a villa for 2 weeks and stay outside of Siena, but I will get to Siena later.
We decided to take a day trip to Siena while in Florence and we are so glad we did. The Duomo in Siena is the most beautiful we had seen on the trip. The town is surronded by the old Roman walls and it is so well preserved you can feel as if time as stood still here. Siena is a beautiful town surronded by the Tuscan landscape. What more can I say? I can't wait to come back.
We never made it to all the touristy places in Florence due to the holdiay weekend (All Saint's Day). They were so many tourists in town it made it very difficult to get a reservation to get in to the Uffizi or the Academie, but we just have an excuse to come back again. Who knew that October/early November was such a big travel time in Tuscany? One of the shop keepers I was chatting with told us to come back in Spring the weather is better and they are less tourist, regardless of the crowds, Florence was memorable.
After Florence we decided to stay a couple of nights in Milan. So we booked a reservation and took the train to Milan. We were a little weary of going to Milan since Rome was not our favorite stop. Milan is the second biggest city in Italy after Rome, but Milan is a very different. Yes, it is a big city, but the pace is better more like San Francisco. Also, the city is a shopper's heaven, if you have a American Express Black card, regardless it was great to window shop. From Milan we wanted to go to the South of France for a couple of days, but we could not get a seat reservation on the train due to the holiday weekend nor could we get a reservation to Paris. We are tired and decided we would go to Paris for a whole week and by pass the south of France and safe it for another trip, but we can't train so we we have to fly from Milan. So, next up the city of lights.
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