Manerola Cinque Terre

Northern Tuscany. love it.

Florence and Rome The Renaissance - Uffizi -
San Gimingnano - Fiesola - Volterra - Liguria

  • Ponte Vecchio Florence
  • Rain San Gimignano
  • San Gimignano

  • Fiesole-Poggio al Sole Organic Farm

    Poggio al Sole

    Lovely position, "Little hill in sun", ideal for sitting out with a glass of local wine in hand.
    Very easy to get into Fiesola and free parking for bus into Florence (20 mins)
    Excellent accommodation, breakfast in main house.
    A small Organic Farm produces a number of good items for sale
    Local Restaurant serving good food (200 metres) The owners are very helpful. Excellant for visiting Florence and outlying tourist areas;
    see Tourist Attraction below.

    Poggio al Sole Site »

  • Volterra - Hotel Porta all'Arco

    Porta all'Arco

    Excellent accommodation in attractive old stone building just outside the Etruscan Gate.
    Outstanding breakfast, with wide choices
    Nice outside garden for eating or resting. Big advantage, is that Pisa Airport can be reached in a reasonable time to catch late morning plane
    Lovely town, shops and buildings.

    Close for visiting San Gimignano and continuing onto Central Tuscany
    See Tourist Attractions below.

    Villa Porta all'Arco Site »

  • Cinque Terre - Liguria

    Cliff Restaurant

    Although just north of La Spezia(Naval port) and in Liguria, this is a must!!!
    Consists of 5 hill villages that are a World Heritage Site.
    Monterosso al Mare, Vernazzo, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
    Portofino is just further along the coast. Fantastic transport, Rail tunnel through all villages.(Cheap)
    A number of boat ferry services, operating along the 6 mile coast, with hop on and off service.
    Coffee, Lunch, Dinner in a different village

    Cinque Terre Guide »

  • Trattoria Casa dal Proscuitto.

    osterio da Divo

    When we stayed at Poggio al Sole, we dined at a number of good restaurents. However it was lovely to be able to just walk 200 metres up the lane and eat and drink without worry. Good food and wine

    This may be a cheaper place to eat the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Beefsteak Fiorentina) as it is priced by the 100grms.
    You have to buy a good sized steak, to enable the steak to be cooked medium-rare, to obtain the fantastic flavour.

  • Volterra Restaurants - Don Beta

    Don Beta Restaurant

    Plenty of choice in Volterra, have a good walk around during day

    Don Beta Restaurant »

  • Billy's- Manarola,Restaurant

    Billey's Manarola

    Excellant views from Billy's Trattoria. Three levels-2 out and 1 in

    We went 2/3 time and found the food excellant.
    Location is up to square where Church is. Take right lane leading up between buildings. On right after about 300/400 metres,

    Trattoria dal Billy's »

Below you will find descriptions of tourist-cultural attractions                      The attractions shown below are a must !!
Interests in Northen/E/W Tuscany, Fiesola - Volterra - Cinque Terre
This area is close to Pisa Airport and easy access to Central Tuscany region.
You can quickly get to Lucca, Florence, Fiesola, Liguria, from any of the suggested accommodation sites
There are many places of interest within 20/60 minutes;
La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Levanto, Portofina, Viareggio, Pisa, Lucca, Montecatini Terme, Florence, Fiesola
and many smaller Towns with their own particular interest; Example the famous Marble Quarry at Carrara
There are numerous sporting activities, Golf, Sailing, and excellent hiking along the Ligurian coast.
Florence - Fiesola is the main place of cultural interest.
Palazzo Vecchio
is the building which became the centre of goverment for Florence taking the place of The Bargello (built 1255) the first Town Hall
Ponte Vecchio
is the famous bridge spanning the Arno. Famous for its jewellery-gold shops

The Duomo, Campanile and Baptistry
is one of the main points of interest.
Built in 1436 it dwarfs most of the ancient buildings, holding up to 20,000 people.
The Baptistry has doors whose artistic design led to the start of the Renaissance.

Pallazzo Pitti
built for the Banker Luca Pitti and in 1550 became the main residence of the Medici family

San Lorenzo
was the Parish Church of the Medici Dynasty. Michelangelo worked on many of the later designs.

Chianti-Rüfina, Most Northenly Chianti Region
If visiting Florence, why not visit local vineyard, see map
Chianti Black Rooster Map
Shows the Chianti Wine region in detail.
You can obtain a map showing all vineyards from Tourist Centres.
chianti map Try Frascole in Rufina area
Azienda Agricola Frascole Fraz. Frascole, 27/A · 50062
Dicomano, Florence · Italy P. IVA 01234567890

Frascole Rufina DOC Wine and Aparments »

Good area for golf- see website
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Florence Centre

Ponte Vecchio (Bridge)

Montecatini Terme

  • spa

    Famous gardens and Spas

    Lovely Hotels and up market feel

Lucca Walled City

  • Tintoretto painting

    Walled City

    A great town to walk around, shops, food, wall, history, Tintoretto it has it all.

    Lucca Tourism Info »

Fiesola - Roman remains