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NC
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Hi: We're just starting our planning for next year. We've visited various parts of Italy over the years and now would like to do more of slow travel trip by basing in 3 different locations for about 1 week each.

We are looking for recommendations for southern or western Tuscany Umbria and the Amalfi coast. We will have a car in Tuscany and Umbria.

In Tuscany we've spent several days in the Chianti and Montepulciano areas. We would like to experience new regions. Any suggestions?

our preferences would be towns with charm that don't require lots of steps. We both enjoy historical sites and beautiful scenery. We would like a town with some good restaurants and fairly easy access to decent roads.

Also- any suggestions for rentals? It's only my husband and I.

Thanks for your help.

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You might consider a week in Lucca. We have stayed here for a week at a time and were able to visit a number of lovely areas near Lucca(Bagni di Lucca, Montecatini Alto,Cinque Terre,etc). Lucca is a walled city and most people use bicycles to get around town, but walking is so easy.

You might consider a week in Umbria; near towns of Assisi, Todi, Perugia, Orvieto. Any of these locations provide you with a good base for discovering Umbria.

All of these towns provide lovely daytrips.

In Southern Tuscany in the area of Maremma, I like the town of Massa Marittima. This area is the least discovered of Tuscany and is full of wonderful Etruscan history.

I have used the website> www.homeaway.com and have had very good experiences.

Have fun with your holiday planning.

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Ricardo- thank you very much for your thoughts. We have visited the listed towns in Tuscany and Umbria but Maremma would be new for us. How would you compare the towns to the ones you have listed above?

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This area is less touristy with not many Americans. There are more Italians and Germans visiting. The town is going to have less tourist type shops which you see in the other towns, but you have wonderful views to the coast, and nice restaurants. The town is beautiful medieval without the hordes of tourists.

You will want to visit Populonia and the island of Elba.

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Thanks again Ricardo. Elba is a fascinating idea. Logistically, how far would it be to a ferry? Do you need a car once you're on Elba or are guides available at the port?

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The ferry to Elba leaves from Piombino which is around 50km from Massa. The trip takes around 1 hour to reach Piombino

The ferry does accomodate cars, but it is not necessary to have a car for a daytrip since there is much to see at the arriving port area and there is transportation on the island if necessary.

Google the island or Elba for more information about the museums and the history surrounding Napoleon.

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Thanks Ricardo..you're a gem.

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