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Subject: Re: Train Travel in Italy Date: 4/2/2001 7:49 PM
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Rider,

Sorry for the delay in responding; I don't get here very often.

I'm not a lot of help with recommendations because my style of travel is simply to wander and explore. I've done just that several times in Florence and I always find something new and wonderful. By all means, have a late breakfast or lunch at one of the outdoor cafes on the square in front of the Uffizi Gallery. The people watching is wonderful.

I discovered something called "Walking Tours of Florence" on my last trip there. Unfortunately, I wasn't in the city long enough to try it but it sounds enticing. They take only small groups. Here's a website for more info: www.artviva.com

Since you're going to Siena, I have one last recommendation for you if you have a car and are interested in getting out into the countryside. I rented a villa (actually a very nice modern apartment) in Montepulciano. The owners also own a very nice small hotel next door.

The name of the hotel is Hotel Villa Ambra. The owners are a very nice and the food is fantastic. If you're interested in a hotel in a smaller town, give them a call. The number is (0578) 798 055. Ask for Marzio, he speaks English the best.

Enjoy your trip. I envy you.

Donna
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