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Where to stay in Tuscany

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Where to stay in Tuscany

Hi all

I am planning a trip this June to Italy. Our current idea is to spend four or 5 days in Rome, then rent a place somewhere in Tuscany for a week. I'm looking for ideas for where in Tuscany: Here are the criteria:

1) Preferably not in a big city. The ideal place would be either in a small village or in the country a 5 - 15 minute walk from a village. We don't mind renting a car.

2) Close enough to places like Sienna and Florence to make them easy day trips, either by driving to them, or by driving to the train station.

3) We'd like to do some hiking and or bicycling while we are there. I've found several nice looking day bike trips that start in Florence, but there must be others.

4) It will be my wife, 16 year old daughter and me. One bedroom is fine, as long as there is some kind of fold out or couch for my daughter. Two bedrooms would probably be better.

5) Nice places the size we want seem to be going for $1000 to $1500 for a week, which is fine.

I've never been to Italy, so I'm not sure quite where to start. Any suggestions? All help is greatly appreciated.

Howard

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1. Re: Where to stay in Tuscany

Read up on Tuscany as to where would meet your expectations.

www.discovertuscany.com Tuscany www.italia.it/en/home.html and in Top Questions to the right.

Rental vacations www.venere.com www.vrbo.com www.airbnb.com www.ownersdirect.co.uk

Car rental www.auto-europe.co.uk

Route planner www.viamichelin.com

Be aware of traffic restrictions and ZTL areas roninrome.com/transportation/driving-italy and in Top Questions

Car rental in Tuscany, Florence airport, Siena and Chiusi,

Bike rental www.bellinibruno.com

Trains from Rome to Florence and Chiusi www.trenitalia.com Click on the UK flag for current train times

Buses Rome to Siena www.sena.it

Buses from Florence and Siena www.trainspa.it/train04/extraurbano.pdf

www.rome.info www.timeout.com/rome

Edited: 31 December 2013, 00:03
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2. Re: Where to stay in Tuscany

Factor a rental car into your plans right away.

An agriturismo is a wonderful way to experience Tuscany. This one is lovely and central and it has 2 bedroom units with small kitchens. There is a lovely pool that your daughter would enjoy and therr are bicycles there for your use.

http://www.foresteria.it/eng/index.php

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3. Re: Where to stay in Tuscany

This FAQ article may help:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187893-c128287/Tusca…

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4. Re: Where to stay in Tuscany

If this is important: "Close enough to places like Sienna and Florence to make them easy day trips", then Chianti might suit you very well. Check http://www.greve-in-chianti.com for accommodation, bicycling and hiking. http://www.chianti.info for tips on what to see - ditto http://www.bella-toscana.com/

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5. Re: Where to stay in Tuscany

Hi we did similar in July and loved it so much we are going back again next July! We stayed in Rome for a few days and this was amazing then went by train to Lucca. This is a beautiful medieval walled city and we had a great time. This year we are going to Florence for a few days, back to Lucca then finishing for a week in a villa....not sure where yet. We want a town with a few bars and restaurants so we can go out of an evening....any suggestions?

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