I would always prefer visiting a city where there aren’t any tourist buses polluting the city – visually. hordes of tourists are the worst thing you should have to bear while visiting a foreign city.
Siena is a wonderful city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year. The city is more or less closed to cars, you wont see any tourist buses and the tourist here are mostly Italians, unless word has got around about this historic medieval city. http://wikitravel.org/en/Siena
- Day1: Fly to Pisa
- Day1: Rent a Car from the Airport
- Day1: Stay at a B&B over night: some good ones i have experienced.
- Day2: Wake up enjoy the hospitality and the morning Breakfast
Italian Break fast – a croissant and a cappuccino..
- Day2: Drive to see the tower of Pisa
- Day2: Park over here: Via Fazio degli Uberti, Pisa
- Day2: MAKE SURE YOU DONT ENTER THE ZTL ZONES with your car, this will cost you.
- This a good site with some information on ZTL and how to avoid driving in to it: http://www.athomeintuscany.org/2011/10/15/pisa-ztl-limited-traffic-zone/
- Day2: Morning to at most 1300hrs – walk to the Piazza del Duomo, take the typical picture holding up the tower of Pisa – the piazza is a very touristic spot and can be quite crowded depending on the season.
- Day2: Try to leave Pisa before lunch aiming for Lunch in Florence.
- Day2: Arrive in Florence and once again avoid ZTL and park here: Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, DO NOT cross the river thats an easy guideline to avoid ZTL
- Day2: Here is a guideline for the trip: http://wikitravel.org/en/Florence and my recommended order to visit, drive until Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, park there and walk from there.
- Day2: Leave the hordes of tourist behind in Florence and drive to Siena
- Day2: Park here and as always avoid ZTL
- Day2: Reach Siena check in to Hotel Duomo, ask for the rooms across the street from the reception as it has been restored in its 12th century style plus it has a kitchenette and private garden.
- Day2: Book a table for day3 or 4 at the Osteria Nonna Gina, Pian dei Mantellini 2, 53100 Siena SI, its almost impossible to get a table on arrival.
- Day3-4: Enjoy the sights, sounds, food, cafes, and if luck the horse races of this beautiful city and its medieval feel, http://wikitravel.org/en/Siena
- Day5: Leave Siena for the Airport at Pisa – give your self 2 hours to reach there.
BONUS: Have lunch on the way to Pisa at Dario Cecchini – Butcher of Panzano.