A special day in Tuscany – Florence, Vinci and…

Leonardo's birth place

Florence and tours in Tuscany:

Last year I had the chance to travel to Sardinia, Florence, Vinci and Anchiano, Lake Como, Milan, and Bologna.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a huge fan of Europe but there are certain countries I enjoy more to spend holiday meaning that I’m staying longer than a week.

Florence is very expensive but it’s worth a short break or more if you can afford. There are many tours, exhibitions, museums and fantastic restaurants. And people in wheelchairs are welcome. Glad I saw that. Besides you can shop till you drop or easily escape to Rome or Milan in a high-speed train.

Plan it carefully otherwise you’ll run off time. I saw mainly tourists from the USA, South Korea and Brazil and Israel however people come from all over wishing to take the best of Italy.  There are also many British citizens living there. For fans of art, Florence is a bit of heaven. Atlantic Emotions shared the best sights, tour offers, and prices.




Skip the line in Italy

Visit Siena and its Cathedral, Fiesole, San Gimignano, Vinci, (take the train to Empoli and then the bus), Pisa and the leaning tower, Lucca and Chianti. Fiesole is an Etruscan-Roman Town that offers a rich artistic heritage and an extraordinary view of Florence.




Duomo introduces loyalty card:

with unlimited access for a year residents and frequent Florence, visitors can now take advantage of the Cathedrals museums and monuments. It costs 50 euro and entitles users to access to Baptistery Cupola, Bell Tower, Santa Reparata and the Opera del Duomo Museum for a year and includes “skip the line” entrance to the Cathedrals monuments. Register online and then collect the card from the ticket office in Piazza San Giovanni.

Tours by train:

1 easy Venice from Florence 2 Combo Rome by train ( Vatican museum, Coliseum & Roman forum (from 95 EUR to 230 EUR) Activities 1 Perfume masterclass 2 Renaissance dinner at Borghese Palace 3 Tuscan booking class & San Lorenzo Market 4 Pizza & gelato making booking class 5 Vintage Fiat 500 tours grand Tuscan diving tour 6 Vespa tour or horseback riding in the Chianti countryside. Looking forward to coming back to Italy or I might say “Non vedo l’ora!” If you wish to find out everything about Florence, please subscribe online the English-speaking news magazine “The Florentino” at theflr.net/subscribe.Payment available with PayPal, cash or bank transfer. Follow the Genius’ tracks in his hometown by going to Vinci – Take the train to Florence and then a taxi to discover Leonardo da Vinci’s places, right in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. You can admire a landscape very similar to the one depicted by Leonardo in his most famous paintings from the terrace of the Conti Guidi Castle. A wonderful view over the Montalbano hills which was a source of great inspiration for Leonardo. A full day is needed if you go by train and try to catch a taxi as it can get a bit weird if you take the bus instead of a taxi! For more information and reservations visit Art Vita. Florence it’s accessible for all and I love it. Tourism is for all of us!

Museo Leonardino


Take the train to Empoli then the bus to Anchiano to visit Leonardino museum. Anchiano-Vinci-Empoli-Florence Leonardo da Vinci birthplace.
Leonardino museum in Anchiano, Italy. Take the train to Empoli then the bus to Anchiano to visit Leonardino museum. Anchiano-Vinci-Empoli-Florence Leonardo da Vinci birthplace.

In no other city, I felt so welcome as a Portuguese citizen. Thank you, Fiorentini to make me feel prouder about the people of my country.

More about Florence and the famous people of Florence please click here.



Discover the fantastic Fattoria Di Maiano Tours. The adventure in the city is served.

Discover the Tuscan extra virgin olive oil through Fattoria Di Maiano Tours.
Fattoria Di Maiano, Florence.
Olives tour and safari tour. At the end of the tour you will enjoy a tasting of some local products drinking a good glass of wine in front of a breath-taking view!
Fattoria di Maiano 

Visit Portugal

Is Portugal on your bucket list?

850 km of lovely beaches, traditional gastronomy, lovely people and centuries of culture. The portuguese discover great part of the world. The portuguese queen, Catarina de Bragança introduced the culture of tea to the british. Lisbon, Coimbra and its University, Porto, The National Park of Gerês, the Vicentina Coast, Évora Unesco World Heritage, The Algarve and its amazing resorts, the islands of Madeira and Azores. National Geographic has voted Azores as the best eco destination worldwide.



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Guimarães - Capital of Culture
Guimarães Portugal – Capital of Culture
 My favourite hotels in Portugal.

Book here Vidago Palace.

Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas – Small Luxury Hotel in Coimbra



European Capitals of Culture

Guimarães - Capital of Culture


European Capitals of Culture

Guimarães – European Capital of Culture – Portugal

More than 30 years

The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension.

Wrocław (Poland) is the European Capital of Culture for 2016 along with San Sebastián.

The European Capital of Culture programme was initially called the European City of Culture and was conceived in 1983, by Melina Mercouri, then serving as minister of culture in Greece.

European Capitals of Culture since 1985

1985 Athens  Greece

1986 Florence  Italy – See, A Special Day in Tuscany

1987 Amsterdam  Netherlands

1988 Berlin  Germany

1989 Paris  France – Related: Paris Worldwide

1990 Glasgow  United Kingdom

1991 Dublin  Ireland

1992 Madrid  Spain

1993 Antwerp  Belgium

1994 Lisbon  Portugal

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1995 Luxembourg  Luxembourg

1996 Copenhagen  Denmark

1997 Thessaloniki  Greece

1998 Stockholm  Sweden

1999 Weimar  Germany

2000 Avignon  France The year 2000, called the millennium year, was treated by the European Union in a special way, in order to emphasize the enduring heritage and contribution of European cities to the achievements of world culture and civilization.

Because of that, as many as seven European Union cities were chosen, together with two cities of new member states that were to join the EU on 1 May 2004.

Bergen  Norway

Bologna  Italy

Brussels  Belgium

Helsinki  Finland

Kraków  Poland

Prague  Czech Republic

Reykjavík  Iceland

Santiago de Compostela  Spain – See St James Way

2001 Rotterdam  Netherlands

Porto  Portugal

2002 Bruges  Belgium

Salamanca  Spain

2003 Graz  Austria

2004 Genoa  Italy

Lille  France

2005 Cork  Ireland

2006 Patras  Greece

2007 Sibiu  Romania Sibiu 2007Luxembourg Luxembourg

2008 Liverpool  United Kingdom, Stavanger  Norway

2009 Vilnius  Lithuania, Linz  Austria

2010 Essen  Germany representing the Ruhr as Ruhr

Istanbul  Turkey

Pécs  Hungary

2011 Turku  Finland

Tallinn  Estonia

2012 Guimarães  Portugal


Maribor  Slovenia Maribor 2012

2013 Marseille  France Marseille-Provence 2013

Košice  Slovakia

2014 Riga  Latvia

Umeå  Sweden Umeå 2014

2015 Mons  Belgium Mons 2015

Plzeň  Czech Republic Plzeň 2015

2016 San Sebastián  Spain San Sebastián 2016

Wrocław  Poland Wrocław 2016

2017 Aarhus  Denmark Aarhus 2017

Pafos  Cyprus Pafos 2017

What is it?

The European Capitals of Culture initiative is designed to:

  • Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe
  • Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share
  • Increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area
  • Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities

In addition to this, experience has shown that the event is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Visiting the Best European Destinations  and Regenerating Cities
  • Raising the international profile of cities;
  • Enhancing the image of cities in the eyes of their own inhabitants
  • Breathing new life into a city’s culture
  • Boosting tourism



Go visit European Capitals of Europe!