Hi all, we need some advice about our itinerary for September...
We are staying with a group of friends for one week in a villa only 3kms outside Florence and plan to do everything from there by public transport (train or bus to Siena, Lucca etc) or tour (eg wine tour as a group to avoid driving under the influence etc).
Then we all go in different directions so my husband and I will take a car on 17th Sept and drive southwards, first to Montepulciano.
We want to end up somewhere north of Rome to drop off the car and then bus or train into Rome on 23rd Sept.
Still can't decide whether to stay in Assisi after Montepulciano - some say it's gorgeous and worth the crowds... others say it's too touristy and you can visit from somewhere quieter. I'd love some advice about this, and where to stay if not in Assisi.
to make it clear - here's the itinerary thus far
10th - train to Florence and go to the villa
11th - wine tour in Chianti for the 60th birthday of one of the group
12th - 16th - hang out in Florence, visit Siena, Lucca and any other close places we should not miss (suggestions??)
17th - pick up car and drive to Montepulciano where we will stay for 3 nights
18th - hang out in Montepulciano
19th - drive to other towns in the area (back to Montepulciano to stay)
20th - drive to.... Assisi or ????
21st - stay Assisi or Orvieto (Orvieto market day next morning)
22nd - drive to other towns around Orvieto stay Orvieto
23rd - train/bus to Rome - stay near Termini
24th - sight see in Rome - stay near Termini
25th - flight to Rhodes from Ciampino
We really don't want to drive into Rome but have had some trouble finding car hire (at a reasonable price) which will allow us to drop off in Spoleto or Orvieto - can drop of in Orvieto through www.driveawaybookings.com so that looks like a good option.
Any comments or suggestions would be great!
Also any suggestions of how to eat at a reasonable price in any of these places. Don't want to scrimp on the experience but we actually prefer little local eateries rather than flash restaurants anyway.