I was born in Puglia, lived most of my life near Florence, but my preferred city in Italy is Rome, mainly because it is more enjoyable as tourist than Florence or Venice. An espresso in Florence can cost up to €5 served at the table. In Piazza Navona in Rome I have been charged €1.
In summer Rome’s most beautiful piazzas provide the backdrop for a programme of concerts for vocal quartets. Songs from the Roman repertoire and opera arias, with intermezzos on the piano will take tourists on a magical journey through the history of music drama and the best-loved classics of the Italian repertoire.
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Best way to enjoy Tuscany is by staying in the countryside - maybe near Siena or Florence, better Maremma or Arezzo. Good deals are on top of hills around Lucca - search for agriturismo, but most B&B are farms that rent rooms or self catering flats.
Search www.traditional-tuscany.com for real authentic farm staying. I know Loli personally - she is a lovelly lady and will find exactly what you need for your stay in Tuscany. Call or email her.
Pistoia is a very cute small medieval city. The old part is very cute - nice medieval walls, towers, palazzi, churches and the medieval market is really lovely.
Montevettolini is a really cute walled small villa with castle and old church. Top of the hill, perfect for a day walk around small alleys of the village. Nice view and refreshing breeze if you are there in summer.
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