We took a bus from Firenze to Sienna. The best time to visit sienna is during the first weekend of July as the Il Palio horse races are on then and its a mad time to be in firenze on the holiday of San Giovanni.
In firenze, the best pizza is at gusto pizza in san spirito and the best pear cheese ravioli is at the restaurant behind the Duomo – Coquinarius.
The easiest way to move around the Tuscan countryside is to drive. Also, most wine tasting happens on Saturday/Sunday mornings so be prepared to make it an early evening. Sienna with its medieval charm is the beginning of many more beautiful stone structures and villas surrounded by vineyards. while wine tasting pick up the bottles you like as they are waaay cheaper than the same ones priced in the cities.
From firenze if you take a short train ride over to the beautiful cluster of five small seaside villages, you will be lost in the quaintness of this region. An overnight stay in one of the five villages is a comfortable way to go about it.
My favorites were Manarola and Vernazza but maybe your choices differ. Make sure the summer is up as the waters can be cold and can mar an otherwise beautiful beach trip. Trattoria Da Oscar in Monterosso has the best pesto pasta ever!!
We took a car from Naples and went around the south of Italy. I feel every young person should do this trip with their best friends or at least any road trip. we booked our car with maggiore car travels as they have a service station even in the smallest of the cities and at one point our car gave us trouble so we switched it without any hassle. Always take the car insurance they offer! ALWAYS!! because if you’re on a road trip, then you car will get damaged at least once, even if its not your fault and the smallest of damage can cost a lot if its not insured.
we took the road less traveled and went towards puglia region before going down south further to lecce and coming back up and driving through the pollino national park. At the national park we stayed for a day and chanced upon these amazing water treks which are offered for real cheap!! 40 euros per person.. totally worth it! this was an unplanned bit for us as we had no idea what to expect there.
We skirted down to the toe of the shoe to the beaches of zambrone just for rest as continuous driving might get tiresome. finally, we drove back up to the Amalfi coast. it was touristy and expensive. the highlight here was the small city of Sorrento and Pompeii. Blue grotto isn’t that great guys, the rest of Italy has way more to offer. but thats my personal choice. Also, the beaches on the puglia side are really really nice, again much better than the rocky beaches on the amalfi side. We ended the trip at Pompeii, humbled by the experience.
Until next time, just follow the salt route….