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Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

Indiana
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Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

Following some of your suggestions, we have made the decision to head from the Pisa airport first to Montepulciano for three nights, then up to Sienna for eight, and finally to Lucca for five. We are now looking for a place in Montepulciano and have contacted the Albergo Duomo. Any comments on it or other suggestions? We plan to rest a day there and then tour that area. For Sienna we booked the highly regarded Palazzo Ravizza; thanks for that! They even offered an upgrade since it is our 40th!!!! For Lucca the plan is La Romea, but they have not sent a reply yet. Once we finalize the lodgings, we will pursue the side trips. The Cinques Terre out of Lucca looks wonderful if you have any reactions on how to visit one or more of those towns from Lucca. Thanks for your expertise!

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1. Re: Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

Unless you are hiring a private driver for the transfer from Pisa airport to Montepulciano, try to reverse the order: Lucca - Siena - Montepulciano. You would have to spend the last night in Lucca (or Pisa) anyway, so it would only shift your Palazzo Ravizza reservation by a day.

If you are using public transport, going to Montepulciano from Pisa airport will involve a train from the airport to Florence (possibly with a change in Pisa), another train from Florence to Siena and a bus from Siena to Montepulciano.

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2. Re: Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

IndinaSweetpea

Definitely contact Cinzia at Locanda di San Francesco in Montepuciano!

http://www.locandasanfrancesco.it/index.html

We just stayed there in early June at the beginning of a month's stay in Tuscany - and it was a highlight of our visit! We have been to Tuscany several times but this was one of our most enjoyable stays. Located at the top of this wonderful hilltown, (with easy parking) the location is perfect for exploring the town (very close to the main Piazza Grande) - as well as affording incredible views of both Val D'Orcia and Val di Chiana from the rooms. They have a small wine bar / cafe where we were treated to a wonderful evening of live jazz one night we were there.

The hard working hosts Cinzia and Luca are very gracious and full of information and suggestions - they know all the good restaurants! I am sure if you mention it is your 40th anniversary they will make sure you have a special time!

I am planning to write a review w/pics - but couldn't pass up responding to your post first.

Oh - their continental breakfast is excellent - a wonderful variety!

Buon viaggio!

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3. Re: Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

Thanks for your input! We do plan to hire a driver from Pisa to Montepulciano and for the other connections. My hubby doesn't want to do the train/bus with our luggage.

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4. Re: Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

NH13----I'm checking it right now! Grazie!

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I would recommend Hotel Duomo in Montepulciano . Since the season 2009 there is a new management of the property, and they have a very good rate quality/price and a great and attentive service

For that reason you will see that since about one year ago they have only good or very good reviews ( the reviews that are not very good are before 2009, with the preview management)

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g194833-d254203…

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Dear NH 13, thank you so much for the beautiful words you spent about us and our Locanda San Francesco! CIao, Cinzia

Indiana
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7. Re: Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

Thanks for all your input, Tripadvisor fans. We are now booked into three nice places you suggested. If you have any recommendations on how to visit the Cinque Terre (all in one trip, one or two a day, whatever?) from Lucca, that would be much appreciated. Just the two of us, but I am not a climber of any extreme. Grazie!

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8. Re: Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

It's easy and enjoyable to visit the 5 villages via train or boat - you don't have to hike the trails to see the beauty. However - all the villages also have some steep streets (as do so many Italian hill towns). Example - you may NOT want to hike up to Corniglia from the train station since the town center is high above the sea. But the other four villages have harbors and restaurants and things to see at sea level. The "Via dell'Amore" walk starting in Riomaggiore is a beautiful and level paved walk.

You can drive or train to Levanto from Lucca and then buy a CT pass to train (or boat depending on season) between the towns. See this earlier post on getting to Levanto from Lucca:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187817-i997-k3712…

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9. Re: Update on Three Locations to Stay in Tuscany

NH 13-----Thanks for your reply.....again!!!

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