Travelling to Tuscany

Bringing Your iPhone to Italy and Tuscany

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With last generation smart phones you can do lots of things, but it sure gets quite complicated when you need to bring them along while traveling overseas. When it was just a matter of calling, the issue was easily solved purchasing a local low-end cell phone and getting a cheap pre-paid SIM card to work over the GSM network, or just getting a new card if your device was GSM ready. Unfortunately in recent years, and especially with iPhones becoming so popular, the issue of bringing your iPhone to Italy when traveling to Tuscany has changed into a small nightmare. You have to be careful if you do not want to be charged outrageous roaming fees. The issue is doubled as with iPhones and other smart phones, you get roaming for both voice calls and data exchange (when...

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First Time in Tuscany

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On June 23 I had an email exchange with some nice people that asked me an advice on how to organize their holiday in Tuscany, being this their first time in the land. Their question stated: “We are first-time visitors in Tuscany so we do not know if we should stay at one place and discover the places from there or maybe rent 2 or more accommodations? We travel from 8th of July till 17th of July.” I am sure many have this question. It is a doubt that also grips me whenever I go anywhere in the world. I can reply on Tuscany, and here is the reply I gave them. Hopefully it will help you too! As it is June 23, I have to say that July 8 is a bit late for villas, but I am sure you will be able to find plenty of hotels and apartments available. I especially...

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News on Pisa Airport

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The largest airport in Tuscany, Pisa Airport is second only to Florence Airport per number of daily flights. The airport in Pisa is continuously adding new services to improve the travel experience of those departing and landing there. Between 2010 and 2011 there have been some useful improvements that may make your holiday experience in Tuscany and Italy less stressful and efficient. Firstly, thanks to Air One and Ryanair you will have more destinations and flights available. Ryanair added a new airplain to their fleet in Pisa, with destination Rhodes, Greece. This will make so that with Ryanair you can now reach 78 destinations in Europe and North Africa from Pisa. Air One will start its operations on July 1st, 2011 with flights to Italian and European cities....

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Walking in Tuscany

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This is a great guest post by Giovanni, a walking vacation in Tuscany enthusiast. Thanks Giovanni! I like to walk, it is good exercise for your wellness! I make of walking my lifestyle, so during a vacation I usually walk. Why not spending an holiday based on walking? Yes it’s possible! And it is great. You know, when you walk you have time to enjoy your surroundings, meditate and distress your mind from burdensome thoughts. Therefore the location of your hikes is fundamental! I usually choose Tuscany for the the amazing panorama and sweet hills. You need only a good pair of shoes, a map and with a good breakfast you can make kilometers after kilometers in nature. And when you are tired, in Tuscany you can find a lot of good reasons to stop and rest. Some of...

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Updated - Direct Flight from New York to Pisa

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**UPDATE** Stephanie was kind enough to comment on the fact that Delta is not going to offer this service during the mid spring season. Waiting for some other company to step in. For those who are planning their travel arrangements to Tuscany and do not not already know, there is a direct flight from New York, JFK to Pisa Airport. The flight is operated by Delta Airlines and is operative since January 1, 2007. The service is the fourth by Delta in Italy that connects with New York. Milan, Venice, and Rome are the three other cities with direct flights to New York from Italy. It must be said that Delta is the carrier with the greatest number of flights from Europe to the States. Also important to notice that the flight is the only direct flight from Tuscany and New...

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Tuscan Regional Trains Improved

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When you arrive in Tuscany you do not always wish to travel renting a car. Depending on where your accommodation is located, and on the destinations of your daytrips, a car may be useless. For instance, if you decide to stay at a hotel in the center of Florence a car will certainly be a hassle, as finding parking spots and traveling through traffic is a hard task that takes away much pleasure off your holiday. Traveling by train becomes therefore a reliable, fun, safe and hassle free option. The main railway lines are run by “Euro Star” and “Inter City” trains, which are faster and make less stops to grant reliable connections among large urbanizations. However, to get into the many small and really interesting rural areas of Tuscany, you...

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