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Ascona to Florence, Tuscany - towns?

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Hi all,

We are planning a two week trip end of June/July from US that has to begin/end in Zurich (business travel). The first 3-4 nights must be in Ascona, then will get to Milan to take train to Florence.. Thanks to this board we have good advice on the Swiss part, and now need advice on the Italy leg. Would like to go to Florence for 2 days and a Tuscan town for wineries for two days, then on to Venice,etc. What would be your recommendation for Tuscan town that's easy to get to from Florence, then easy to get to Venice, as we will not have a car? Many thanks.

Ascona - 3-4 days
Florence - 2 days
Tuscan town for wineries - 2 days (which is best given itinerary and no car)
Venice - 2-3 days
Swiss Alps - 2 -days
Zurich - 1-2 days - DEPARTURE

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    There are very few towns in Tuscany (or Italy) where you can get to wineries without either a car or a driver.

    I think it might be possible to walk or take a bus to some wineries around either Greve in Chianti or Panzano in Chianti.

    Bolgheri might be a town where you could do that -- but it is in the opposite direction of your next destination (Venice).

    Some people stay at Agriturismo Marciano, a bit more than a mile outside of Siena, which I believe produces its own (not all that good) wine. In Siena, there is the national Italian wine consortium, so you can do a lot of wine tasting in Siena.

    If you are not fascinated by Tuscan wines only, it might be easier to use Verona as a base for visiting wineries (you would still need to go by tours, but I think they are more affordable than the ones based out of Siena or Florence -- I don't know).

    But if Tuscan wines and wineries are what you want to explore, you might find it easiest to just stay in Florence, go to its many enoteche or place like Pitti Gola Cantina, and then also book yourself a couple of small group wine tours.

    However, maybe somebody can come up with a wine town with what you are looking for between Venice and Florence where you don't need a car or driver to get to a decent winery.

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