Thursday, 21 September 2017

72 Hours in Florence!


Italy Holidays Travelling to Florence for 72 Hours.


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You've always wanted to travel to Florence because everyone else does, your friends have been, celebrities spend time there, it is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture or because it is the capital of Tuscany.

It may even be because the Dalai Lama and Theresa May are giving speeches in Florence in the same week! Which did you follow? (Brexit vs Boris?)

It has Michaelangelo's "David" sculpture' the iconic Duomo as well as the Affizi Gallery exhibiting Boticelli's "The birth of Venus and da Vinci's "Annunciation" We can carry on with the majesty of Florence - but reading about and experiencing it is a vast difference.

Other Informative Links

Flights

Transfer and ground transport to Florence

Hotels in Florence

Aside from Florence, Tuscany has a host of famous and interesting history in towns such as Pisa, Lucca, Viarregio and Chianti. Each with their own heritage. Talking of which here is an article Italy for Wine Lovers by Chelsea Roderick. from Titan on wine in Italy - sorry to digress!

When to Visit

Peak holiday season tends to be from April to July. Summer June to August is hot and humid, while winter, December to March is cold.


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Winter


This is a 3 day itinerary  from Google.

Day 1
Ponte Vecchio
How long? 30 minutes
Picturesque medieval arched river bridge with Roman origins, lined with jewelry & souvenir shops.
Then less than 5 minutes by foot

Uffizi Gallery
How long? 2 hours
16th-century building housing vast collection of Primitive & Renaissance paintings & masterpieces.
Then less than 5 minutes by foot

Piazza della Signoria
45 minutes
The city's heart, a square dominated by the 14th-century crenellated tower of the Palazzo Vecchio.
Then less than 5 minutes by foot

Palazzo Vecchio
1 hour
Fortified, 13th-century palace housing lavishly decorated chambers & ornate courtyards.
Then 5 minutes by foot

Florence Baptistery
30 minutes
Iconic octagonal basilica with striking marble facade, known for its bronze doors & mosaic ceiling.
Then less than 5 minutes by foot

Giotto's Campanile
45 minutes
Celebrated red, green & white marble-clad Gothic tower with steps leading to a terrace & city views.
Then less than 5 minutes by foot

Florence Cathedral
45 minutes
Landmark 1200s cathedral known for its red-tiled dome, colored marble facade & elegant Giotto tower.
Then 10 minutes by foot

Galleria dell'Accademia
1 hour
Art museum with Michelangelo sculptures, including David, plus Renaissance painting & Russian icons.




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After a Long Day


You may consider a guided tour
Cycling or Walking Tour of Florence


Day 2
Santa Croce, Florence
1 hour
Neo-Gothic Franciscan church known for its Giotto frescoes, plus tombs of Michelangelo & Galileo.
Less than 5 minutes by foot

Bargello
1 hour
Art museum with Renaissance sculptures including works by Michelangelo, set in 13th-century palace.
15 minutes by foot

Santo Spirito, Florence
45 minutes
Brunelleschi's plain-fronted 1400s church with a lavish art-filled interior & baroque altar.
20 minutes by foot

Boboli Gardens
1 hour
Public gardens laid out in the 15th–16th centuries, with Renaissance statues & ornate fountains.
15 minutes by foot

Palazzo Pitti
2 hours
Gallery complex in Renaissance royal palace housing vast Italian & European masters art collection.
15 minutes by car

San Miniato al Monte
1 hour
Hilltop, 11th-century church with a gleaming Romanesque facade, medieval interiors & city views.
10 minutes by foot

Piazzale Michelangelo
30 minutes
19th-century piazza with a bronze replica of Michelangelo's David & panoramic views over the city.

I'd be exhausted by now both mentally, trying to absorb all the information and physically. Definitely time to cool off.

An option is going on a tour which should be less stressfull.
Quintessential Tuscany




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Pisa



Day 3
Santa Maria Novella
45 minutes
15th-century Dominican church including famous frescoes by Gothic & early Renaissance masters.
10 minutes by foot

Mercato del Porcellino
45 minutes
A 16th-century loggia, originally a covered luxury-goods market, with statues & a famed fountain.
Less than 5 minutes by foot

Orsanmichele
1 hour
Church & museum in a 14th-century granary with religious paintings & a marble shrine to the Madonna.
10 minutes by foot

Mercato Centrale
1 hour
Local produce & everyday goods piled high in a covered, 19th-century iron & glass market hall.
Less than 5 minutes by foot

Basilica di San Lorenzo, Firenze
20 minutes
Landmark Renaissance church, burial place of the Medici, with a library designed by Michelangelo.
Less than 5 minutes by foot

Medici Chapel
30 minutes
Domed landmark containing tombs of the Medici family, including the New Sacristy by Michelangelo.
10 minutes by foot

San Marco, Florence
50 minutes
Art museum in 15th-century convent housing Renaissance frescoes & 16th-century painting collection.
20 minutes by car

Teatro Romano
1.5 hours
This historical ruin of a Roman amphitheater offers scenic views of the countryside.



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Monday, 11 September 2017

Avoid mistakes planning your first Cruise

Planning Your First Cruise can be a challenge!



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Planning the first holiday especially on a cruise liner is a challenge. You could go along with your family and friends and discuss your travel and vacation plans so you can get a better idea of what ought to be done. The best way should be to book online and search for destination you would like to go and plan your whole itinerary including airline travel to the port of embarkation.

 Before you decide, let's first answer some questions which are bound to appear while planning your cruise.What kind of cruise would work for your population? Typically, you'll find different kinds of cruises appropriate for different ages. You will find a cruise created for individuals, through the toddler to your teen and the retired. All you need to make the decision in who is going and select the cruise suitable for you.

There are fun-filled holiday cruises for the family, singles, newly-weds and also for the slightly older and matured.What kind of budget do you havef? Typically, the minimum price of per person daily is about £100 by using an average cruise liner. Many ships charge extra for certain items  and air-fare is probably not included in this. You can limit the cost somewhat by sharing the cabin with someone else, booking means by advance, like almost few months prior, or taking a risk and booking late.


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Love on your cruise

How many days is it possible to spend on your cruise? If you have less than a week, the options could be closer to home. A complete week or even more gives you added time and an option range in the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and in many cases the South Pacific, dependant upon of course your residential location.

Anything more than that would be suited to any kind of cruise vacation throughout the world . When will you be most likely to visit? Cruise tickets are less costly in leaner times like spring or fall and the majority expensive throughout the summer holidays. Winter can be considered high season when visiting warmer locations much like the Caribbean. Some locations like Alaska, Scandinavia as well as the Baltic have a very shorter cruising season and will also be open only between May and September.

While Antarctic cruises are on between November and February, Mediterranean cruises might be taken throughout the year. Where do you want to go? With the earth being covered with 75% ocean, cruise liners today can reach one of the continents and traverse all worldwide. From the Americas to Austral-Asia, Africa to Antarctica, Bahamas to Bermuda, Europe to Canada, You can find plenty of cruise destinations to select from. Even land locked locations including central Europe, Russia, or even the Yangtze River in China may be reached using a river cruise. Always challenging to decide your destination, it is very important keep all factors like style of cruise, budget, time period of vacation and the like in mind.

What are your interests? Although cruises provide all sorts of on board activities, your destination should be based on your interest. While European tours give a good dose of culture for history buffs, tropical destinations just like the Caribbean along with the South Pacific are for your beach lovers. Whether it is glacier watching in Alaska, offshore diving in Australia or experiencing and enjoying the fjords in Norway, you have to determine what you enjoy best if you choose your cruise destination.

 Many cruises also provide a list of off-shore activities prior, so make certain you research well. What kind of accommodation do you prefer? Cabin selection typically will depend on what your allowance is. Sea view cabins must be more expensive compared to lower deck ones. Also, if you are visiting scenic places like Alaska or Scandinavia it could be preferable to have a view. Deck plans come in hard copy, so make your mind up after looking into it and planning your financial allowance.

What are your dress styles and eating routine?  In an escape from only evening wear, most cruise lines today will be more relaxed and also have only one or two nights of dress-up nights. The rest of the time, it is almost always casual or informal  style dressing. Typically you will find two seating arrangements for lunch, one starting at 6:30pm as well as the other starting at 9:00pm. While early seating makes it easy plenty of time for late shows, it could rush your off shore excursions.

Late seating on the other hand provides you with time to relax but may hamper your late evening activities. Also, table seating is often for four to eight persons and extremely rarely for 2. If you do there is  dinner for your twosome, you should make a prior request.

How do you get for the cruise ship? Flying there or driving down whether its close by are a couple of the most preferred options. Sometimes the cruise companies offer you a fly-cruise package, and that is easier, but might be a trifle more expensive than independent booking. These include transfers involving the ship along with the airport, which could again add up for the cost.

What documents are needed? Cruise vouchers and travel itineraries should typically reach you 2-3 weeks in advance. Passports are essential for all international destinations.

Here is an insiders perspective an article on the Star Clipper written by Amber Lilly.






Star Clippers offer a fantastic cruising experience which is like no other I have ever been on. It is very casual on board, extremely social and a great age range on board too. If big ship cruising is not your thing I would highly recommend the experience on board the Royal Clipper. For me this was an unforgettable trip and one that I would love to repeat. "Amber Lilly"


Friday, 8 September 2017

Venice, Rome & Florence

The Big three Italian Cities.




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Italian Colour

Italy can be a hot location and there is a lot to see you may get quite overwhelmed planning holiday. Everybody feels compelled to strike the big three, Venice, Florence, and Rome. These are incredible cities with lots of great sites to go to and famous objects (art, architecture, etc.) to discover.

Here's some Italy travel info to assist you plan an even better trip.You cannot see my way through a single holiday, and also the attempt to do it becomes very stressful, robbing you with the fun and excitement you planned. The 1000's of years of history within Italy (about 5,000 numerous years of civilized history being more precise) ensure it is impossible to absorb in the future, weeks, or months.

You ought to decide whatever you really want to discover and build your journey around this instead of try and see everything. I would like that you think about an improved way to determine Italy with less anxiety, less expense, plus more enjoyment.

How? Plan your vacation and get outside the major tour cities and into your lesser strained hill towns and fortified villages.

Say you're planning a trip to Florence. Identify the superior three to five sites you wish to find out and give yourself several days to discover them.

How about 72 hours in each Florence, Rome and Venice More details here on The best destinations in Italy




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Love You

Once that is scheduled, sign up for a map in the region and commence looking at the many incredible sites in a couple of hours of Florence. The big secondary sites include Pisa (worth a half each day at least), Lucca (also worth a minimum of half each day), and Montecatinni (a spa town with open markets, grand parks, plus an ancient hill town overlooking town below).

To the south of Florence are such renowned sites as Siena (easily worth an entire day), San Gimingano (get here early to stop the crowds), and Volterra (worth at the very least half every day and one with the most interesting of Tuscan hill towns).


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Venice


By picking day trips to just one or a couple of these other towns regarding the planned excursions in Florence will allow that you experience an even more intimate Italy. Enjoy a walk down the curtain wall surrounding Lucca (the wall is actually a park and trail), then pop onto Pisa for any gander on the Tower, Basilica plus much more white marble than you have ever observed in one place.

Another day you'll be able to stroll the narrow medieval streets of Siena, Then head on to the site Volterra and explore the Etruscans, Romans, plus the architecture and fortifications of the typical walled hill town.

Each of the towns is loaded with history and tradition and may give you a much better sense of rural and small town Italy.

Each of the large three have a large number of great secondary sites nearby, all worth a call, making planning trips as described above simple and fun.Relax and obtain in sync with all the slower pace of rural Italy, wander the myriad shops and caf&eacute;s, watching lovely sunsets or sunrises. A trip to Italy really should be fun, relaxing, and really a trip of your life. The true attractiveness of Italy is that you are able to have several of those "trips of your life", never seeing a similar places twice (if you don't want to)

72 hours in each Florence, Rome and Venice Here are: The best destinations in Italy

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Plan your trip to Venice, Florence and Rome


Plan your trip to Italy


 Italy is a hot vacation spot and there is so much to see you can get quite overwhelmed planning your vacation. Everybody feels compelled to hit the big three, Venice, Florence, and Rome. These are incredible cities with many great sites to visit and famous objects (art, architecture, etc.) to see.

Here's some Italy travel info to help you plan a better trip.You cannot see everything in a single holiday, and the attempt to do so becomes very stressful, robbing you of the fun and excitement you planned. The thousands of years of history found in Italy (about 5,000 years of civilized history to be more precise) make it impossible to absorb in a few days, weeks, or months.


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Venice

You need to decide what you really want to see and build your trip around this rather than try and see everything. I would like you to think about a better way to see Italy with less stress, less expense, and more enjoyment.

How? Plan your trip and get out of the major tour cities and into the lesser strained hill towns and fortified villages.

Say you are planning a trip to Florence. Identify the top three to five sites you wish to see and give yourself two or three days to see them.

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Rome

How about 3 days in each Florence, Rome and Venice. Visit Italy holidays to plan your exclusive 10 day trip.

Once this is scheduled, take out a map of the region and start looking at the many incredible sites within a couple of hours of Florence. The big secondary sites include Pisa (worth a half a day at least), Lucca (also worth at least half a day), and Montecatinni (a spa town with open markets, grand parks, and an ancient hill town overlooking the town below).

To the south of Florence are such well known sites as Siena (easily worth a full day), San Gimingano (get here early to avoid the crowds), and Volterra (worth at least half a day and one of the most interesting of Tuscan hill towns).

By picking day trips to one or two of these other towns between your planned excursions in Florence will allow you to experience a more intimate Italy. Enjoy a walk along the curtain wall surrounding Lucca (the wall is now a park and trail), then pop over to Pisa for a gander of the Tower, Basilica and more white marble than you have ever seen in one place.

Another day you can stroll the narrow medieval streets of Siena, Then head on over to Volterra and explore the Etruscans, Romans, and the architecture and fortifications of a typical walled hill town.

Each of these towns is rich in history and tradition and will give you a better sense of rural and small town Italy.

Each of the big three have dozens of great secondary sites nearby, all worth a visit, making planning trips as described above easy and fun.Relax and get in sync with the slower pace of rural Italy, wander the myriad shops and caf&eacute;s, and watch lovely sunsets or sunrises. A trip to Italy should be fun, relaxing, and truly a trip of a lifetime. The true beauty of Italy is that you can have several of these "trips of a lifetime", never seeing the same places twice (unless you want to)



How about 3 days in each Florence, Rome and Venice. Visit Italy holidays to plan your exclusive 10 day trip.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Venice Walking Tour

Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour with Rialto Market Cicchetti and Wine


What to do and where to go in Venice

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Explore Venice's lesser-known gems on this 3-hour walking tour. Led by a guide, stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti (Venetian snacks). The head to the historic San Polo and Cannareggio districts, and cross over the Grand Canal on a gondola ride.



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Venice Walking Tour

A 3-hour walking tour of hidden Venice  with a guide 
Discover the history-rich parts of Venice that many visitors don’t get to see 
Visit the old artisan quarters of the Rialto area and the historical red light district in Carampane 
Sip a glass of wine and sample some traditional Venetians snacks at a local osteria 
See Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, a former prison for tax evaders in the San Polo neighborhood


What You Can Expect See 
The lesser-known sights of Venice on a walking tour! 
What You Can Expect See the lesser-known sights of Venice on a walking tour!
Meet your guide at Campo San Bartolomeo to kick off this 3-hour walking tour, beginning with a stroll through the Rialto Market, filled with fresh vegetable produce and seafood. 
After wandering the around the stalls, take a seat at a nearby osteria for a glass of wine and sampling of cicchetti (Venetian tapas).
Afterward, hop on a gondola for a ride across the Grand Canal. 
Venture on foot through the Cannareggio district to see one of the oldest churches in Venice, dating back to the 7th century. 
You'll also pass through the Castelletto area, known as the red light district of the medieval era. 
Continue to the San Polo neighborhood, and admire the ornate, 16th-century Palazzo dei Camerlenghi along the banks of the Grand Canal.
Despite its beautiful exterior, the palace was once greatly feared by small-time criminals during its days as a tax evaders’ prison. 
After three hours of sightseeing, your tour will conclude by the Rialto Bridge.

View your walking tour link here.