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Lucca and Pienza Advice

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Lucca and Pienza Advice

Spending three weeks in Florence/Tuscany. Flying into Milan. Was advised in earlier posting to rent a one bedroom apt. for one week in Lucca and one week in Pienza and use those places as bases to visit Tuscany. Finish trip in City of Florence.

- should we rent a car in Milan and drive to Lucca.

- should we take train to Lucca and take trains to Pisa, Cinque Terre, and other nearby towns

- should we have a car in Lucca and combine train and car as needed.

- can we take a train from Milan to Lucca and rent a car in Lucca.

We are having difficulty finding a one bedroom apt to rent in Pienza within the city center - any suggestions most welcome. Are there any

apts to rent there or do we have to stay in a B&B.

Our trip is from Sept 6 through September 26. Thanks!

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1. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

you need a car in the countryside -- I'd get it in Milan and drive to Lucca -- if you have just had an overnight flight then don't get the car immediately -- spend a night in Milan or train to Lucca (if that is possible) and arrange to get the car near there

I would not limit your southern leg to Pienza -- there are tons of great towns in the general area so search for an apartment near any of them, preferably in the town with parking.

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2. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

Hi,

Are you aware that Lucca has ZTL (Limited Traffic Zones)? Here is a map of the city with the ZTL cameras marked in red. www.metrosrl.it/pdf/Varchi_Elettronici.pdf

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3. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

My suggestion would be to hire a car as you leave Lucca. Then look to stay somewhere near Siena which will enable you to easily reach the Chianti area as well as the Val d'Orcia for day trips.

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4. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

Agree that you don't really need a car in Lucca it has good public transport links to various places. You will need a car for the second part of the trip though.

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5. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

Thank you. I heard about ZTL but didn't really know what it meant. Will definitely research it before we get there.

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6. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

This article is very helpful: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187893-c140065/Tusca…

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7. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

Thank you for all your suggestions - they are much appreciated.

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8. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

Pienza is a gorgeous little town (we were there today!) it is fairly small so no need to worry overly about being in the "centre" of town. The old town takes about 10 minutes to stroll through! The rest of the town is larger of course but still pretty. We are already planning on a longer stay. hope you find somewhere that suits. Be sure to visit if you don't stay there. You won't be sorry!

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9. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

Thank you for your comments - we would love to stay in Pienza - just need to find an apartment to rent for a week that is within walking distance to restaurants, etc. If anyone can give us some direction we would be most appreciative.

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10. Re: Lucca and Pienza Advice

I assumed you were staying in Lucca to tour that part of Tuscany and hence would need a car to journey forth -- if you are not doing that you certainly don't need a car in Lucca

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