If you know me well, you’ll know that I love all things Italian – including my husband Al, who hails from a long line of relatives from Sicily. I will confess though, that I am no expert on all things Italian. I am however, an expert planner. I spend hours researching the web, evaluating reviews, checking schedules, calculating exchange rates, planning routes, comparing prices and checking references, before taking a vacation. My friends joke that I am obsessive compulsive. I don’t care. My trips always work out well.
Anyway, I’ve been asked several times in the past about my travels to Italy, and most recently, two good friends of mine (Donn and Shari) sent me the following e-mail:
“We are heading to Italy in mid-late September. We want to stay in Florence for two or three nights and Tuscany for seven to nine nights. We’re thinking about taking the train from Florence to a central destination in Tuscany. One idea is to stay in a hotel the entire time and take day trips via car. Or perhaps two hotels would work better. We just want to minimize packing and unpacking. Lastly – we’d like to go to some cooking classes. Any good suggestions?”
So I thought I would share some of my Tuscan experiences with Donn and Shari, and anyone else that might be interested in planning a trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth.