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 
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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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Follow me to Lisbon

Park Eduardo VII - Lisbon - Portugal. Great view from Ritz Four Seasons

You will miss Lisbon!

Major Sites in Lisbon

Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade (avenue), Restauradores, Rossio, Rua do Comércio, Cais do Sodré, Museu dos Coches, Museu Bernardo/Jeronimos,Torre de Belém, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Alcântara/Docas, Estrela, Saldanha, Campo Pequeno, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Sete Rios/Zoo, Twin Towers, El Corte Inglês, Park Eduardo VII.

Park Eduardo VII
Park Eduardo VII in Lisbon – City Centre

Parque Eduardo VII

Belém, Lisbon
Torre de Belém

From the main train station of Santa Apolónia one can easily walk to some fantastic sites.

You also have the underground (blue line), taxis, buses, tourist buses and tuk-tuks! I keep saying that Lisbon is one of the most beautiful Capital Cities in Europe, with the best nights out after Madrid, the best coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. A full field of heritage Portuguese people will help you in any circumstances either in Portuguese or English.

If you’re willing to take a train somewhere else Google CP Rede-Expresso. Paying with PayPay is cheaper. You may get great discounts if you buy online within 5 days in advance.

Lisbon
Praça do Comércio, Lisbon. Photo credit: Ana Santos

I enjoy taking the busses. They are cheaper and have more offer. Also, you can also buy tickets online and get a discount. After booking you’ll get the link and you must pay in at an ATM in less than 30 minutes!!! Google Rede Expresso.

Now I’m going to write a bit about the underground. I had great fun helping out tourists over the last 7 years. An essential instructions guide is needed to use it in the capital.

Regarding hotels, I’d like to recommend two with very different rates: the Ritz Four Seasons and Hotel Roma. If you have no more than a few hours, at least visit the following sights and areas:

Chiado in Lisbon (blue line)
Chiado

Chiado in Lisbon (blue line)

#1 Bairro Alto District

#2 Chiado, take the chance to visit São Roque Museum. If booked you’ll be guided by an excellent professional. This museum belongs to SCML, a Portuguese institution with more than 500 years, created by D. Leonor to support the poorest in Lisbon.

The ‘Museu do Chiado’ is one of the world’s earliest museums of contemporary art. It was renovated in 1994 after the fire in Chiado in 1998. At that time I was there and tragic to be seen.

#3 “A Vida Portuguesa” sells genuine and touching products of original Portuguese creation such as toiletries, stationery books, jewelry, food, and handicrafts. Located in Chiado: Rua Anchieta 11, Chiado

 

#4 Hop aboard the famous no. 28 tram

#5 Visit the splendid Jerónimos Monastery, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site (no picture can describe…) and the Tower of Belém.

#6 Visit both Lapa and Madragoa District.

#7 Take a walk down Avenida da Liberdade on your way out The Ritz Four Seasons Hotel. Usually, Lisbon is safe.

 

 

Theatres & concert halls in Lisbon

  • Teatro da Trindade
  • Teatro – Estúdio Mario Viegas
  • Teatro Municipal Sao Luiz
  • Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
  • Teatro Nacional De Sao Carlos
  • Fado in Chiado, Cine Theatro Gymnasio. Address: Rua da Misericordia, 14-2o

Tel. 21 3430184

Gastronomic keywords: caldo verde (one out of out 7 gastronomies Wonders!), alheira de Mirandela, carne de porco à alentejana, pastél de Belém ou nata, bica!

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