First stop, Italy!
The capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany is home to striking architecture, tons of inspiring artwork, and of course some of the best shopping in the world! While you’re there get lost in the amazing architecture of the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Check out the beautiful Italian men, including the world’s most famous naked sculpture, Michelangelo’s David, at the Galleria dell’Accademia. And, of course, fill up on fab food and walk it off in the fashion-filled markets.
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With so many to choose from, you could spend your entire trip exploring the tiny booths of these giant markets. San Lorenzo and Santo Spirito flea markets are sure bets for some fab finds for you, your home, or the hubby.
This iconic landmark in Florence is known for the fabulous gold shops it houses, and is also where a wonderfully romantic tale originated: If you and your other half attach a padlock to the bridge and toss the key, your love will last forever! Take a break and enjoy one of the fab cafes on the bridge.
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Experience everything under the Tuscan sun with these unique bike tours! There are over 10 excursions to choose from, all of which guarantee gorgeous scenery and a great time. And we know what we’d pick — the gelato tour!
Climb the Duomo Dome and Giotto’s Tower
Take in the views of this gorgeous city by climbing the Duomo’s Dome and Giotto’s Tower! Climbing either the dome (463 steps) or the bell tower (414 steps) will take about an hour and give those glutes a serious burn! Not only do they offer a bird’s eye view of the city, but you’ll learn a thing or two about Italian architecture while you’re at it!
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Grab a bottle of vino and head to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo for an amazing sunset and panoramic view of the city.
A trip to Italy isn’t complete without a scoop (or three…) of the famous Italian cold treat! Visit the famous Grom Gelateria after you climb the Duomo and try one of their original flavors! Yum!
What to Pack:
- Sensible walking shoes for tackling the cobblestone streets.
- Pashminas or scarves are a great accessory, versatile enough for hot and cold weather.
How to Get Around:
- Walking: Traffic can be very heavy so walking is one of the best options.
- Public transportation (buses or trains).
- Trains for longer distances.
P.S. We’re not done traveling yet! Check out the six other fab locations you can tour with Contiki in the FabFitFun Travel Guide.
Posted on April 23, 2012