Subject: Re: Towns between Rome and Florence (not exactly)
Hi Sheila,

Graziella and Pat recommended Orvieto, which we visited in 2001

You mentioned that you plan to use public transportation to get around. You might want to use for train timetables and this page for bus schedules.

Before or after Florence, Lucca is a wonderful town for a two or three day visit. On our trip in January, we stayed at Albergo San Martino which we highly recommend.

As far as Fiesole is concerned, it's a short ride (about twenty minutes) on Bus #7 from Florence. We visited the main sites in the morning and had a fabulous lunch at Le Lance, via G. Mantellini 2/b, Tel: 055-599595 (please say hello to Riccardo), before heading back to Florence, where we spent a wonderful week at Hotel Giglio (owned by Marco Masselli, a Ziner).

Another day trip to consider from Florence is Pisa. We had the best unplanned experience of our trip meeting Pierrana and Giorgio, now Ziners, on the train.

We are currently working on the travelogue of that trip. Hope to post it on our site in a few weeks so please stay tuned.

Ciao for now, Linda