Rest and Relaxation in Florence

Florence, Italy

Everyone travel’s a bit differently. I like to be on the go, but I also like to have a bit of downtime in my travels. I recently attended a Travel Bloggers Unite conference in Umbria, Italy. Between 2 blog trips and a conference, I was exhausted! Nine days of full on go, go, go! It was a fantastic conference preceded by a great time in Rome and followed by being treated like royalty throughout Umbria. By the time I made it to Florence all I wanted was some down time. And down time is what I got! It never occurred to me how exhausted I would be by the time I got there. Fortunately Florence is a great city to relax in. Sure there is loads of stuff to see and do, and I did a fair bit of walking and seeing. But I didn’t visit any museums, no city tours, no wine tasting. Just me and my camera. I wandered the beautiful streets of Florence, hiked up to watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangiolo, and relaxed in my great apartment with the amazing view!

Florence, Italy

A big thanks to House Trip for helping to organize my stay while in Florence. I had a beautiful apartment, with an amazing roof top view of the city. A full one bedroom with a living room, kitchen and dining room. The bed was so comfy and I slept so well, that I ended up taking 2 naps! Of course I was only in Florence for a limited time, so I couldn’t waste away all my time sleeping and relaxing on my veranda overlooking the beautiful city, but I sure did spend a fair amount of time there. The owner of the apartment, Eleonora, couldn’t have been sweeter. She was so friendly and welcoming. I enjoyed her list of must see, do’s and eats while in her home city! I ate at a restaurant she recommended, I ate at her favorite gelato shop, and I even walked a few streets on both sides of the city that she had mapped out for me.

Florence, Italy

Although House Trip did sponsor my lodging, the thoughts and opinions are all my own.

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Vespa Tour’s & Italy

What better way to see Italy then on a Vespa? This was not something I set out on a mission to do, it wasn’t something on a bucket list or a dream of mine. However, I managed two rides in Italy! One, a vintage Vespa evening tour through the city of Rome and the second, a self driven tour of the Chianti region of Tuscany. I had so much fun. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who come across the opportunity.

The first night I was in Rome with House Trip they booked our group on a tour through the city. Imagine our luck when these gorgeous men show up at our apartment on vintage Vespa’s. Everyone in the group had a huge smile on their face, the whole 3 hour ride! It was such a fantastic way to see the city, learn a bit of history and experience something in a slightly different way.

Saint Peters Bascilica, St Peters Bascilica, Vatican City
St Peter’s Bascilica, Vatican City

In attempting to make a decision on where I should spend a few days post the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference I attended in Umbria, Fun in Tuscany reached out to me and invited me on a Vespa tour. Their tour is slightly different then the one in Rome. I had the option of driving my own Vespa, which I jumped on! We sped along dirt and paved roads in the Chianti region of Tuscany for a few hours. My only complaint was that the ride wasn’t long enough! This wasn’t a specific tour with stops and history along the way, but being that there was a total of four of us, we got the chance to take advantage of several overlooks and pull over areas for some pictures. And after the ride, we stopped for lunch at Monteriggioni, a castle that still has about 45 residence, but mostly contains a few shops and some restaurants.

Vespa, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Chianti Region, Tuscany

Why not considering seeing something new, or old, in a slightly different way? Consider a Vespa tour! Nerone Tours and Fun in Tuscany both offer many different ways to see the sites! Check them out.

Vintage Vespa tours of Rome with Nerone Tours

Vespa ride, Chianti region of Tuscany, Fun in Tuscany Tours

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