Italy by Train: Tuscany

August 16th 2011 by Katie
Toscana | Firenze | Vicchio | Vallombrosa | Montecatini Alto | Active

Traveling by Train is the most convenient way of getting around. And the most scenic as well

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The great thing about coming to Italy is that you don’t need to rent a car to get around the country.
Especially when the manner of driving is much different than the driving you are used to. The train system in Italy is much more reliable and less stressful. There are so many fantastic hill towns in Tuscany which are so easy to reach from the Santa Maria Novella (SMN) station in Florence.

If you are flying into Pisa, you are able to take an express train that goes right from the airport to SMN station. From the Florence airport you will have to take a taxi to SMN station. And once you get there you can travel all different directions in Tuscany.

Then the adventure and wonderment begins.

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Vicchio is a small town north of Florence where the air is fresh and the people are warm.
They are passionate about their land and their culture. Their festivals are very enjoyable when you get to see how simple enjoy life with the food, family and friends surrounding them.

The landscape is breathtaking especially when the leaves start changing. Take a short 45 min train ride from Florence and enjoy the magical and enchanting little town of Vicchio.

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For a change, you can catch a bus to the gorgeous hill town of Vallombrosa from the SITA bus station to the left of SMN station. It will take about an hour and a half from Florence, but once you get there it will feel like another world. A complete, silent escape from the bustling and busy streets of Florence

Take a walk around the grounds of the monastery and enjoy a picnic lunch in the wide space of green park.

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Credits: NoiDellaValDiNievole

Montecatini Terme is a town about a 50 min ride on a regional train from SMN station. The land is built around the springs that flow down the hill which is the ancient town of Montecatini Alto.

Some of the documents found in 1530 talk about the construction of these tanks of thermal water springs. They were later considered great outlets for medicinal purposes. Today, the town of Montecatini Terme thrives on the spas all over town.

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Further past Montecatini Terme lies Lucca. The great walled city.
These walls were built (16th to 17th century) as a defense against the ‘old enemy’ Florence, although they were never tested in war. They remain still intact and has become a way of working out for the people and tourists of Lucca. They love to walk, jog or bike around the wide and graceful path. There are great photo ops as well if you remember to stop and take a few shots.

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