Florence or Firenze as local say is a wonderful city full of vibes, shopping stores, and restaurants. Here you will find all top boutiques such as Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and etc., as well as mass market shops as Zara, Bershka, H&M and etc. So in other words – a shopping paradise. Besides, Florence has lots of cultural spots to visit as museums, galleries, churches, and theaters. Don’t forget the local trend to go for aperitifs before dinner. I recommend trying Westin Excelsior by the river or Cafe Gilli on Piazza della Republica. Note, that after a lunch majority of restaurants and some shops are closed for fiesta till the diner.
2. Fote Dei Marmi, Versilia
Forte Dei Marmi is located on the seaside; therefore, here you will find lots of beach clubs, the famous ones for sunbath are Nikki Beach, Twiga, Beach Club, and Gilda. The first three are also famous for parties at night. Also, there is a free access to the beach for those who don’t want to pay for the sunbed or get a club membership. The thing I like the most in Forte Dei Marmi is that almost everyone rides a bike even to have a dinner at the restaurant. The weather is pleasant and the roads are perfect that I enjoy as well cycling around Forte. Also, this city is a top pick among rich Russians so you will see lots of well-dressed people and best boutiques in this little village. Once you get hungry there are lots to choose from. For the dinner, my personal favorites are Bistrot, Al Bocconcino, Twiga, and Nikki Beach.
This is a very unusual city made of stones, while walking around is very unlikely you will see trees growing around. Siena is so different and so charming, that should be definitely on your to visit list. Besides, the city is famous for horse racing which happens twice a year, Palio di Siena. If you want to experience this world-famous event come here on 2 of July or 15 of August but book your hotel a couple of months in advance as it gets really really crowded. After you see Siena around, in the evening, I would recommend one very lovely and very old Italian restaurant for dinner Osteria le Logge.
4. Monterosso, Cinque Terre
Monterosso is a very tiny city located on a cliff by the sea. You will see lots of colorful houses located right on the rocks and strong vawes that trying to crash those rokes every minute. Take some jacket with you because it is a very windy spot of Italy. A half day is more than enough to go around and enjoy Monterosso but it is a must visit. For food, there is not much to try, I guess just Nessun Dorma, the cafe on the top of the rock would be a great option because the view.
5. Portovenere, Cinque Terre
Portovenere is located right on the coast and has beautiful yacht bay. Here you will see lovely colorful houses and enjoy beautiful warm sea breath. The other side of the city is surrounded by rocks, lots of amazing spots to get gorgeus photos. To me, it is a perfect place to get a glass of Tuscan wine. My personal favorite restaurant here is Le Bocche.
This vallage, I just love for its simplicity. I stayed one week here and it made me feel like home. Everything you would posibly need is in the walking distance. Montecatini is famous for its thermal waters. You can get a ticket and try some of them in the morning from 8 till 12. Also, there are three super great restaurants that you should visit La Cascina (amazing terrace and beutiful garden), Osteria di Poneta (true Tuscan pasta with top quality meat) and Fishing Lab (delicious Mediterraneanan bites). Don’t forget to make a reservation if you are comming for dinner. Moreover, in Montecatini, there is a place with the best Italian ice cream/gelato located right on the corner of Grand Hotel & La Pace. I insist that you try it.
Last but not least, you have to make a quick stop at Pisa just for photos with famous Pisa Tower. I wouldn’t recommend to stay, eat or even have a coffee there, because the city in itself is not as beautiful as the rest of Tuscany. A couple of hours is more than enouph. Be creative and have fun with Pisa Tower, would love if you tag me.