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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey Mikey!

How'd the trip go?

12. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Hey Mikey!

How'd the trip go?

Fantastic thanks!

Already making plans to go back, especially if the ridiculously cheap flight situation stays the same.

I didn't realise that the scenery would be so consistently beautiful. You see plenty of pictures from Tuscany but I imagined that there would just be small areas like this when in fact the whole region is stunning.

We think there's lots of castles in the UK but in Tuscany there's practically one on each hill-top!

Siena was gorgeous, as was Florence. Our last night was spent sat on a bridge over the Arno drinking wine and watching a massive firework display - a great end to a great trip.

Came back loaded up with wine, cheese, salami, olive oil and lots of exposed film!

http://www.pbase.com/mike_bonsall/tuscany_june_2005&page=all

13. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I could live there and be happy, I think.

I'm glad you had such a great holiday!;)

14. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I could live there and be happy, I think.

Me too:)

Have already tried to think of a cunning money-making scheme to enable me and my girlfriend to give up the rat-race and set up home there. No joy yet though so any suggestions welcomed?

15. Posted by Pierre D (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I have a great suggestion for the Amalfi Coast. If you stay in Salerno you can see all the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, it's so close to get there from Salerno and everything is less expensive than the tourist towns on the coast. My partner and I stayed at a budget budget B&B that was excellent. The host had everything I needed for planning day trips and she was a english speaking x-pat from Canada -It was clean, comfortable and and we had no complaints. We got very personal attention from the 1st time we emailed her for info. she's at www.mysalernoapartment.com
Plus in Rome you can check out The Beehive - it's an excellent place runned by Americans - they also have apartment rentals (book early tho)
have a great trip!

16. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

I actually found driving in Italy much less traumatic than I'd been led to believe - even in places like Florence.

Mike, what makes even driving in Florence so traumatic? Is it more worse than London's?

17. Posted by keliann (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hay

Does anyone know how I would go about renting somewhere pretty cheap for roughly a year?? Taking a year out and going to Florence, sort job when I arrive but my partner and I need cheap accommodation. I herd through private landlords but I dont know where to start! Going in September roughhly..

18. Posted by kulit (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

go to ROME!!! it´s a beautiful city!

19. Posted by kb7678 (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y

My friends and I travelled through Italy last July and found it very easy. Trains a bit expensive though (we did all our travelling by train), but the campsites were fantastic (go to www.hostelworld.com to see the campsites) and campsites are a great place to meet loads of people. We travelled to Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento (a must to see) and Capri and then over to Bari to get boat to Croatia.
I was in Rome for New Years 2003 - I love this place and we all of the major sites in 3 days. A must place to visit!!
Basically Italy is a fantastic place to visit and the people are wonderfully friendly.

Have Fun!! ;)

20. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Keliann,

Accomodation in Florence is expensive pretty much all year around for tourists, although maybe if you're renting it might be lower. Not too sure.

If I was you, I would check out the towns on the fringes of Florence - Fiesole, Prato and Pistoia. They are about 30 mins on the train to Florence itself, and I imagine renting would be much less expensive here, and you might have a wider choice!