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Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

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Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

We will be departing from Venice early in the morning, renting a car with our tuscan destination of Montepulciano in sights. To break up the 4+ hour drive to the southern part of Tuscany, and to minimize backtracking, we would like to spend 3-4 hours in either Sienna or Greve in Chianti. Where should we stop before we get to Montepulciano for the night? We will then be spending 5 nights in Monte. Suggestions? Thanks TA!

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1. Re: Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

I would skip Siena. It deserves much more time that 3 – 4 hours. It could take you an hour to park on the outskirts and trek up into the main square then back down again. If you just want to “check a box” on your bucket list, by all means go for it. Personally, I’d head for Greve in Chianti or some nearby small town - easy in and out and lots of countryside to see. For a really unique stop, drive up the windy road to Volpaia just above Radda in Chianti. The family-owned small café in the small square has awesome pasta! Classic small Tuscan town.

The slower your pace, the less stress will let you arrive in Montepulciano in a relaxed frame of mind. Italy is to be experienced, not “Done”.

Edited: 09 June 2014, 20:00
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2. Re: Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

Thank you for the advice...it is much appreciated. The Radda in Chianti drive might be right up our alley

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3. Re: Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

Take a train from Venice to Chiusi and rent the car near the train station. It's about a 4 hour very comfortable train ride. If you buy your tickets about 120 days in advance you get a great discount. Probably less expensive then driving. Chiusi is only about 25 minutes by car from Montepulciano.

Take a day trip to Siena from Montepulciano, if I remember it's about an hour drive and Siena needs a full day. There are many cute towns only minutes from Montepulciano if you want to spend your first afternoon sightseeing.

Make sure you check the times for car pick up. The Hertz office in Chuisi is closed on Sundays and also closes for lunch from around 12:30 to 3:00.

Edited: 10 June 2014, 02:18
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4. Re: Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

The train is usually a very good option to Chiusi as there is a daily direct one, and picking up a car there is easy. However, I believe it is currently a fairly slow, overnight service, which may not appeal. (The alternative would be to take a day train and change at either Bologna or Florence.) If you do drive it is highway all the way but making the detour through the Chianti would add possibly another 2 hrs onto an already longish drive, especially if you hit slow moving traffic around Bologna and / or Florence.

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5. Re: Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

Driving from Venice to Florence would be a great waste of time and energy. It is an unpleasant drive and would take at least 2 hours longer than the train.

Train to Florence, car out, and your good to go.

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6. Re: Venice to Montepulciano traveling question

All of the above advice is good in regards to taking the train if you are in a hurry to get there and dont want the hassle. If you still want to drive, to consider is look at the road you will be following and stop at some of those towns on the way, then do Sienna on a day trip. Padua, Verona, or go and see the Ferrari museum in Modena (I think) relax, take it easy dont rush it.

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