FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do I get from Florence
Airport to the Rail Station? It is about a twenty minute taxi
ride or there are shuttle buses called "Vola In Bus". Florence is a small airport so it is
easy to spot the bus at the entrance to the airport. One way bus tickets
cost 6 euros.
If I go to Florence a day early where should I stay? The rail
station (Santa Maria Novella Station) is just a few minutes walk from
the centre of Old Florence. There are many three and four star hotels
within a few blocks of the station and from there you can easily walk
into the historic part of the city. The Hotel Ariele is a good three
star hotel just a few blocks from the station.
Can I go by train right to Siena instead of meeting in Florence?
Yes. Siena has a train station with frequent trains from Florence. The
hotel is a short taxi ride from the station.
If I want to see the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence should I book in
advance? Yes. If you don't buy tickets in advance you will
have to wait in a long line. You can buy tickets from the gallery
website for specific entry times. If you want a guided tour of the gallery you can book
this and other tours of Florence through
What weather can I expect? May and September are usually the best
times for walking in Tuscany. Usually it is warm but not too hot with an
average temperature of about 20C. Rain is possible but it is not the rainy season,
What sort of people will be on the holidays? Usually
it is a mix of singles and couples aged 50+. Most will be Canadians but
sometimes they are joined by people from other countries.
What if I am on a special diet? If
you tell us in advance arrangements can be made to cater
to most special diets.
What if I don't want to walk one day? No problem. You can
spend the day enjoying the hotel or make your own way into fascinating
Can I drink the water? The answer is yes but in an
overabundance of caution we still recommend that you drink bottled water
anywhere in Europe.
Should I pre-book opera tickets?
Yes. If you know you want to attend the opera concert you can reserve
tickets online. We can't promise they will be available if you wait
until the day of the concert.