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Need tips on Parking in Tuscan hill towns

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Need tips on Parking in Tuscan hill towns


I've been to Italy many times but have always relied on trains to get around. In December I'll be back and driving in Tuscany for the first time. We'll be staying in Montepulciano. Any advice on where to park? We will go to Montalcino, Volterra, Chiusi, and other hill towns. What type of signs do you look for? Whom do you pay?

Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Need tips on Parking in Tuscan hill towns

Usually outside the towns there will be public parking lots marked with a blue sign with a white P. Those are mostly free. If there is parking marked with blue lines, those are pay areas or there are marked pay lots. There will be a machine somewhere nearby that you feed coins into for the amount of time you want to stay and then you will get a receipt to put on your dash board. There is also a parking disc system but I never found that type of parking.

www.slowtravel.com has a whole site about the different types of parking available and pictures of the machines.

In Montepulciano there are several lots at the bottom of the town that I remember as being free. If you are staying there, your hotel may have parking available nearby and can give you more directions.


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2. Re: Need tips on Parking in Tuscan hill towns

As TAbarrett correctly explains there really is no mistaking where to park. Every town you mention has many spots to park and they are plain to see.

I second the slow travel website not only fro the driving tips but for any other more detailed questions on eating, sleeping and seeing.


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Parking in Montepulciano is pretty good, there is plenty of it. We were there in Spetember and had no trouble finding free parking that was an easy walk from the main street.

Regarding Montalcino, go as far as you can. You can park near the "Castle", not free, but very handy.

Regarding Volterra, we travelled there on our way from Montepulciano to Lucca, intending to spend a few hours there. This was a nightmare we arrived probably around 11.30am, but could not find a parking place. Seems we arrived in the middle of market day. We did not get to see Volterra.

If I remember correctly Blue lines means you pay and white lines means it's free. It's certainly not any more expensive than the UK.

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