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Suggestions for an itinerary taking in Florence,Lucca ,Siena

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Suggestions for an itinerary taking in Florence,Lucca ,Siena

We have booked flights to Pisa in April and would like to visit Florence for 2 days and also Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena Montepulciano , Arezzo and Assisi as we are very interested in Rennaisance art and history.

We stayed in Florence for 5 days a few years ago and also visited Pisa .

We only have a week so would be grateful for comments on an itinerary at what point we should hire a car and where to stay.

Thank you in anticipation

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1. Re: Suggestions for an itinerary taking in Florence,Lucca ,Siena

You could visit Lucca on a day trip from Florence, then do your self drive tour.

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I agree on seeing Lucca as a day trip from Florence. I also suggest renting a car and basing yourself in the countryside to the east of Siena for the rest of your stay. From there you can also easily reach San Gimignano, Montepulciano, and Arezzo as day trips. (If you look at these three places on a map you'll be able to 'triangulate' on a likely location for a base.) Less time packing and unpacking, more time relaxing. If you only have a week and plan to spend two days of it in Florence you might want to consider leaving Assisi for the next trip. The other sites are all reasonably close together.

We have stayed near Castelnuovo Berardenga several times because it is a good location from which to make all four of those trips (adding in Pienza and Montalcino to the Montepulciano trip). But anywhere in the general area would probably work.

Have fun!

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3. Re: Suggestions for an itinerary taking in Florence,Lucca ,Siena

maybe stay in two differnet towns (north and south of tuscany)...maybe around lucca and around siena...then catch a car and see everything...

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4. Re: Suggestions for an itinerary taking in Florence,Lucca ,Siena

Thank you for all the advice.

I think your suggestion to leave Assisi for another time was a good one Ironchef and also visiting Lucca for a day from Florence.

I have looked for accommodation in Castelnuovo Berardenga but the availability is very limited.

Has anyone any suggestions for other places to stay?

We are also looking at where and when to hire a car and wondered what it is like to drive to and from Florence, Siena and Lucca.

We thought about getting the train to Florence from Pisa airport and hiring a car in Florence to drive towards Siena.

Any advice would be very welcome.

Odette

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5. Re: Suggestions for an itinerary taking in Florence,Lucca ,Siena

Hotel accommodation may be limited, but look for accommodation in an agriturismo (working farm with guest rooms and sometimes restaurant). There's one every mile or two in Tuscany. They are cheaper than hotels, and they all have free parking.

It's possible to rent a car in Florence and drive out without too many problems, but driving *in* to Florence to drop off a car is an invitation to trouble. Return the car at the airport.

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Our itinerary is as follows:

Tues--Arrive at Pisa airport at 6.00pm and travel to Florence for 3 nights

Friday---Get the bus to Siena and stay in hotel with parking for 3 nights,

Saturday---Hire a car from Siena and visit:

Arezza, Montepulciano, Montalcino Abbada Di Monte Oliveto Maggiore and possibly San Gimignano and Volterra.

Monday--return the hire car and get the train to Lucca where we will stay overnight and travel to Pisa airport for our evening flight on Tuesday,

Does this sound sensible?

We haven't booked hotels yet so any suggestions would be welcome.

Thank you

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Good itinerary and check hotels www.venere.com

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We have booked 3 nights in Florence which gives us the option of travelling to Siena early on Friday morning.

Our next task is to rent a car and hotel in Siena and to return it to Pisa and get the train to the airport.

We have looked at Hotel Athena which looks very good but is a distance away from the car hire places.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

We are certainly going to travel to Lucca and spend some time there and need to book a hotel there as well for the Monday night.

Your help has been very useful.

Odette

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