For the most part, I don't want to pin down our days to a set schedule, but instead be free to wander around and look at whatever appeals to us. Of course, we have to decide on a framework (eek, did I just use the word "framework" outside of the office?!?!)
I do want to have a good idea of which sights are where in the various areas of the city so that I don't inadvertantly make reservations for say, the Accademia and the Capella Brancacci before noon on the same day! (Fat chance, but one never knows...)
We're spending our first night in Pisa, as a nod to Miss Ninja's burning desire to see the Leaning Tower, so we won't be making a daytrip from Florence to Pisa. Siena on the other hand...I had previously ruled it out but several folks on the ST board reassured me that Siena on July 3 should be back to just the normal tourist hordes, and not the additional crush of 75,000 extra Palio fans. The Ginger is thrilled to hear it's pencilled back into our plans!
There is so much I want to see in Florence, I may barely scratch the surface in a week so I'm loathe to take more time away from it to make daytrips, but...I'd like to find something that will give Dave a break from cities. I investigate the possibility of a day spent in the Parco Nazionale Foreste Casentinesi (sp?) since that would be right up his alley.
However, am having a hard time sorting out the bus schedules. That exercise is putting my guessing abilities to the test! But I think I'm on the right track with the Firenze-Bibbiena route. Oh rats, looks like a 2 hour bus ride to get to the park vicinity...that's a bit much for my non-bus lovin' blood. I guess Dave won't get a fix of forest after all.
If we can handle the heat, one of these sounds uber-appealing: Fiesole Walks
And - woohoo - I don't even have to sort out the bus schedule...practically every mention of Fiesole on every website I've seen is followed by "take the # 7 bus..."!
And maybe Piazzale Michelangelo will also provide a respite from all that stone.