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Driving the countryside around Siena

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Driving the countryside around Siena

We will have a car for a few days around Siena

We are thinking about driving to Volterra, any places we should stop on the way? (wineries, nice views etc)

Also we have a day to drive north in the Chianti region, any suggestions there?

Thank you for your help

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1. Re: Driving the countryside around Siena

Monteriggioni and Colle di Val d'Elsa (upper town) make nice stops on the way to Volterra. The SR222 is the road to travel into Chianti.

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2. Re: Driving the countryside around Siena

San Gimignano is on the way to Volterra and is surely worth a visit. San Gimi is not, as some would have you think a tourist trap. Tourist traps promise a lot but delivers bupkis. San Gimi promises a lot and delivers history, art and big names like Ghirlandaio, Benozzo Gozzoli, Simone Martini, Machiavelli…!

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3. Re: Driving the countryside around Siena

Eugene, I'm so pleased you've highlighted the art treasures that are to be found in SG for I sometimes feel like a lone voice urging people to look beyond the ceramic shops and ice cream parlours. I think it's perfectly understandable that the crowds can sometimes be more than a bit offputting but there is so much to see in SG if you dig around a little. Re the OP's Chianti day, wineries everywhere. One we stop at often as you can just drop in and don't need to book to taste is Rocca delle Macie and it's on the road between Monteriggioni and Castellina, which is a very pretty drive indeed. Continue on to Castellina, stop for an ice cream in what is arguably the region's best gelateria, stroll the streets before heading on to Radda for more of the same (except the ice cream). Maybe up to Volpaia for lunch? Back down the hill again with 360 deg views to die for then head south to Brolio for more wine tasting and perhaps even a tour? It's best to book but if you happen to be there when one is going and they have space, you can often join it. Their wines are pricey but rather good.

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