Explore Tuscany and Cinque Terre in 6 days!

Explore Tuscany and Cinque Terre in 6 days

Explore Tuscany and Cinque Terre in 6 days!

Our first time visit to Tuscany

(This is our 2nd post in a series of 3 about our time spent in Italy.)

What to do in Cortona

Day 1-We finally get to experience our first time visit to Tuscany! Our first European train ride from Rome to Cortona was underway. We were heading towards the setting of “Under the Tuscan Sun” and the home of Francis Mayes. Take a look at these accommodations as there are few in Cortona! When we arrived at the train station in Camucia we had just missed the hourly bus. A man in a convertible offered us a ride up the hill to Cortona. His name was Amos from Ireland, a transplant in the city. What a beautiful way to enter the hillside. I of course worried he could be an ax murderer but my husband was settled.

We lounged in Piazza Signorelli with the locals and enjoyed the weekend market. Michael and I finished a late dinner and were strolling along the cobblestone streets when we heard boisterous music and laughter. We peeked through a doorway and saw a party taking place in an open-air courtyard. It turns out it was a 25th wedding anniversary and the guests were in full Medieval garb! We were pulled into the dancing and celebrated until the wee morning hours!

Day 2-Early morning we walked in search of Bramasole, Francis Mayes’ home in “Under the Tuscan sun” and found it! Cortona was a great wind down from Rome before heading to Florence by train.

What to do in Florence

First, find an amazing hotel to stay at in the center of town!

Day 2-continued: Oh Florence you are my city! Upon arrival we had a difficult time finding our host and apartment. I’m not a fan of large cities nor of confused tourists! (Read a map and get out of my way!) After an hour of hassle we moved in and began exploring.

Everything is within walking distance from our apartment! YAY no public transportation needed! We saw the Pitti Palace, home of the Medici family and filled with art and decorative rooms. We learned that we are landscape, culture, and food people rather than church or museum goers.

Our favorite restaurant was La Grotta Guelfa! We hit it off instantly with Antoinette, who was making pizzas and delicious appetizers. Her son and future daughter-in-law also work there. After dinner we crossed over the Ponte Vecchio bridge in search of a local gelato shop named La Caccaia. On the walk home we heard a flutist playing “Beauty and the Beast”. I happily tipped him because that is my favorite Disney movie. It added to ambiance of this beautiful city!

Day 3- Our 2 year anniversary! Off to Santa Maria Novella church and a hike to the Accademia. Being Monday, the Accademia was closed. We had a change of plans to the Duomo instead. We saw the crypts and cathedral before trekking up the bell tower! We climbed about 5 floors which included 3 flights of stairs in each one. WHEW!

Lunchtime brought us back to La Grotta Guelfa and Antoinette treated us with a free anniversary appetizer, like the one we loved the night before! We spent the early evening at the Boboli Gardens which was surprisingly very hilly, hit some shaded trails, kissed behind hedged walls and posed with sculptures. We had the pleasure in teaching an elderly couple from New Zealand how to eat honey suckle. What a sweet aroma! Our anniversary dinner was at “Ostera Delle Belle Donne”– a quaint restaurant full of locals having dinner with family.


Get the lowest price on Florence Day Trips



Day 5- We were rudely awoken by banging on our walls during our last day in Florence. We were up to explore Tuscany and Cinque Terre in 6 days but we needed the sleep! I swear someone was building the next David over there! No worries because we bid ado to Firenze and welcome La Spezia for the night. La Spezia is the Italian version of Pensacola, FL. It has a hometown energy. Our host was so accommodating and advised us on where to rent vespas! You should book your hotel early if you are visiting during the summer. Another bucket list check! We rode our Vespa up the coast to Portovenere for a sunset dinner near a marina.

Be well and Travel often!


Try our favorite coffee we get Lavazza, from Amazon. It is an Italian brand called Lavazza creme e gusto. This is a velvety goodness for your soul. We get the 4 pack because we love our espresso! It comes in ground or whole bean. This is the best coffee ever to pass my lips and that is saying something!

*This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own**

About Author

Maegan and Michael are Adventurous Southerners who share their world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle. You can expect humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, while Michael has an excerise science background, but both are outdoor lovers, and revel in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Now, Maegan and Michael are working towards expat life through remote work. Join the adventure. Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? This is the duo to follow. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


  1. Sally says:

    So gorgeous all of the colours in both Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. I haven’t been to Amalfi yet but Florence is my favourite of the major cities in Italy hands down.

    1. maegan89 says:

      Yes! Florence is my adopted city, I swear! Amalfi was stunning. We were hiking in trees and it opened into some of the photos I took! BEAUTIFUL! Cheers!

  2. “We learned that we are landscape, culture, and food people rather than church or museum goers.”…Love that! We feel the same way 😀 I’m a little jealous of this trip: an organic farm, an olive grove, and a vineyard sound like just my cup of tea! What a dream to see Italy this way!

    1. maegan89 says:

      I’m glad that resonated with you because we felt like uncultured idiots for not wanting to do all the museums andbcathedrals that italy has to offer (and it’s a lot!) I am at peace with it now though bc I’ve learned what type of traveler I am. No shame! Yes Tuscany was as amazing as I’ve always dreamed it to be! Cheers.

  3. Wow nice post. Tuscany is one on my bucket list, hope someday i will go there too and i will definitely add your Tuscany tips 🙂
    Carter Katshel recently posted…INSPIRATIONAL PHOTO TAKED BY Meril D — Thanks to The Insatiable Traveler to share it.My Profile

    1. maegan89 says:

      Oh that’s wonderful! It truly is my adopted home, and I know you will love it. Cheers!

  4. Sutee says:

    Lots of great scenery and food. The pizzas look like the perfect size1
    Sutee recently posted…Peruvian Food, A CheatsheetMy Profile

    1. maegan89 says:

      They were perfect and we learned the prosciutto pizzas are to Die For! Cheers!

  5. Rhiannon says:

    I lived in Emilia-Romagna for my year abroad and managed to see quite a bit of Italy, but the Amalfi Coast is one part that I didn’t get round to and really wish I had!! It looks gorgeous in photos and reading your post makes me wish all the more that I’d made more of an effort to visit. One day I’ll head back!

  6. Josie says:

    There is just so much to see and do in Italy. Currently planning a trip to \Tuscany so it was good to see how much you fit into 6 days. Thanks for the post.

    1. Maegan says:

      Thank you, I’ll admit it was fast paced but we have no regrets.

  7. […] wandering origins have lead me to, all over Virginia, DC, Asheville-NC, South Florida, Puerto Rico, Italy, France, and Iceland , South Carolina, Chattanooga, and Portland (to name a few) with my husband by […]

  8. […] can read about our Tuscany and Amalfi Coast visit or our Rome trip for more planning […]

  9. […] can read about our Tuscany and Amalfi Coast visit or our Northern Italy visit for more planning […]

  10. […] become my truest self. I am still careful but am willing to do things last-minute. Like the time we joined a Medieval-inspired wedding anniversary in Cortona or sang karaoke with Londoners while in Avignon. These moments are what make me want to travel […]

  11. […] are the moments I travel for. Strangers who become instantly connected to you while on the train to Cortona, Italy. I have so many of these treasures tucked safely in my heart! What are some of your […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge