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suggestions for 5 day drive

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suggestions for 5 day drive

two years ago we were lucky enough to go to Italy. We did the big 3 ( Rome, FL, Venice).

It was awesome!

we have a chance to go to Tuscany for maybe 5 nights this spring. We were thinking of a different type of vacation. The opposite of the big city thing. Basically renting a car and just making it up daily. Taking photos and eating great food and wine

We'd like to see some smaller villages and citys. Maybe it would feel more like the real italy. Werent sure if it would be better to base in one place like sienna and take daily drives, or just drive and stay in different places every night. Any suggestions would be welcome

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1. Re: suggestions for 5 day drive

If you plan on doing it all in Tuscany, then I would very definitely choose a single location. It will be pretty easy to fill the five days with interesting routes from one base.

I would consider Lucca, Castellina, Radda, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, but there are certainly at least 1400 other good choices. Decide whether you want to stay in a small town, or out of a town (find somewhere for supper each evening).

We have enjoyed the following:

1. The Villa Lecchi. http://www.villalecchi.com/ Lecchi is a tiny, tiny village that will not appear on some maps but does appear on Via Michelin. From Florence take the RA 3 (fast highway) South, just past Poggibonsi take SR 2 South to Staggia, in Staggia take the Lecchi-Staggia road North about two miles to a poorly marked right turn to Lecchi which is perhaps 200 yards up the road. The Villa is on the right as you drive into Lecchi.

This place is well situated for visiting Siena, Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignana and other areas of western or central Chianti. The Villa is very attractive with lovely rooms and ==>> the most stunning views we have seen anywhere in Italy. There is no elevator, and the climb to the top floor may be demanding (but worth it if you get one of the "tower rooms"). There is an on-site family operated restaurant that we thought was fabulous.

2. Borgo Argenina http://www.borgoargenina.it Just off of the road from Siena to Gaiole in Chianti, S408, again the last turn is poorly marked. It is roughly half way between Siena and Gaiole. It is within a short walk from the tiny village of Monti which shows on the Michelin map. This place has, unfortunately, been discovered - reservations well in advance. It is an idyll of scenery and tranquility. There are numerous restaurants within a reasonable drive. Good location for touring southern Chianti, Siena, Cortona, Arezzo, perhaps Montepulciano.

3. LaFerrozzola, http://www.laferrozzola.com, this is the home vinyards of the LaCastelina wine brand. The same people own the hotel in Castellina, at Squarcialupi Plaza. It is convenient to visit anything in Chianti, and from the house to Castellina, is either a stiff 12-15 minute walk uphill through the vinyard, or a 3 minute drive. Castellina is a delightful little town, only moderately touristy, nice restaurants, fabulous gelato shop (perhaps the best we have ever visited in Italy). The unit that we stayed in is what they call Verbena, a small separate building between the main house and the pool, two bedrooms, lovely, clean, comfortable, quiet. Lovely views from the private veranda in back of the apartment. We have never stayed at their hotel in town but I did tour a few of the rooms and use their bar service - it appeared to be quite nice.

La Castellina makes about 6 or 7 different Chianti blends. I found it interesting to taste and compare. Their premier blend is called Squarcialupi Reserva, and I think it is the best Chianti I have ever tasted.

One in Umbria, very close to east side of Chianti and Cortona

1. I Capricci di Merion in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, http://www.capriccidimerion.it it is just on the Northern tip of Lago Trasimeno, very close to Tuscany border, at the eastern edge of Chianti and about ten miles South of Cortona. My wife says this is the most romantic place we have ever been in Italy (or anywhere else). Excellent location to visit Arezzo, Cortona, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, Deruto or many other areas of Northern/Central Umbria and Southeast Tuscany. Very attractive (moderately expensive) restaurant on site, but also easy to get to more casual, less expensive restaurants in Tuoro sul Trasimeno or Passignano Trasimeno. Take the main road into town, SS416 North, near the northern tip of Lago Trasimeno, off of either RA 6 or SS75bis, when you get to the little town center at the top of the hill, ask for Capricci di Merion, again the last turn is poorly marked.

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2. Re: suggestions for 5 day drive

mike,

This may help slowtrav.com/italy/tuscany/hs_planning.htm

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3. Re: suggestions for 5 day drive

You can stay at villas or apartments in Italy. As there are nice collection villas, apartments & farmhouse in Italy, you will definitely like that. My experience was really amazing there, so you should must visit it: www.posarellivillas.de

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Most villas will not rent for less than a week. I would not keep moving around as you lose so much time packing, finding parking outside the ZTLs, checking in an out. I would choose a central location, perhaps on the outskirts of Siena and take day trips from there. Make sure you read up on ZTLs to avoid getting fines.

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5. Re: suggestions for 5 day drive

thank you . that helps a lot.

any hotel recommendations outside the wall of sienna?

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