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Florence and Tuscan region

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Florence and Tuscan region

Will be travelling to Florence September 2013 with 3 adults - what is best itinerary - want to spend 4 full days in Florence and 4-5 days exploring the Tuscan region - any suggestions?

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1. Re: Florence and Tuscan region

Get yourself a good guidebook - the Blue Guides are my favorites. See what peaks your interest, then come back and ask specific questions.

If it were me, I would elect to spend more time in Florence and less elsewhere - maybe six days in Florence and two or three visiting Siena, Montepulciano, Arezzo, Chiusi, etc., but that reflects my interests.

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I don't think anyone can answer your question without knowing something about why you are going, and what means "best" to you and your friends.

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I am going for pleasure - We're not that into museums, but we love walking around, exploring the architecture, food, people. I want to also explore the countryside in places like Pisa, Lucca, Montepulciano - I'm not sure where I should base myself - we are planning on spending at least 8 days in this part of Italy.

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Florence and Pisa are cities. Lucca and Montepulciano are dang big towns. If you want to explore the countryside, base yourself in any of these places, with the exclusion of Pisa but including Florence, and strike out from there!

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You have not talked about whether you will rent a car & this is the easiest way to see our Italian countryside.

IF you are willing to rent a car, stay in Florence, see the sites. By train from Florence, you can day trip to Pisa & Lucca & Siena.

NOW, rent a car & travel 2 hours S on the A1 to Chiusi. Pick a place to stay in my town Paciano which is medieval, tiny, peaceful & a great "home base".

From here, you are within an hour by car to Montepulciano, Pienza, the Val d'Orcia, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Lake Trasimeno. Rolling countryside, olive trees, grape orchards (& the harvest begins in late Sept), terrific local food,

no crowds!

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When you mention Florence to most people....museums are usually the first thing that comes to mind. So maybe 4 days there needs to be re-visited.

When it comes to Tuscany...I have always thought smaller is usually better. Like Montichiello over Montalcino...

You might think of basing yourself in the country and going into the cities from there. We have done that and have great holidays...

Our last visit, we stayed here and loved it...



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sempre21, if you're going to rent a car familiarize yourself with the dreaded ZTL's, bus lanes and other laws. You don't want to return from your wonderful visit to Italy and start getting tkts 6 months later. You'll also have to visit your local AAA office and obtain an Int'l Driving Permit. They are $20.00, are good for 1 year, basicallly it translates you hold a valid USA driving license. (take a passport size photo)


Everyone has given you some wonderful locations in Tuscany. Have fun deciding.

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This might help you in choosing your base:


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