"If you visit Tuscany, be sure..." Italy Favorite Tip by ellenshalane
Italy General: 753 reviews and 735 photos
Favorite thing: If you visit Tuscany, be sure to spend a half day in San Gemignano. It takes about an hour from the train station in Florence, and it's beautiful and tiny with beautiful views of the countryside. It is a little touristy, but the shopping for homemade and authentic Italian gifts is wonderful. If you want a more intimate side trip, I suggest Cortona or Arezzo. (Cortona is where Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany were written and Arezzo is where they filmed Life is Beautiful) They are less visited, and Cortona is STRAIGHT uphill, so not a lot of crowds.
Fondest memory: The thing I miss most about Italy is just the atmosphere. It's a different world. Go. Avoid the crowds. Talk to a native. Take a walk at sunset. Soak it in.
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