Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Pienza or Montepulciano? And advice on airport logistics (departure)

Jump to last reply

Hello All,

I have a multi part question here:

Part 1) I’m wondering if anyone can draw some contrast between Pienza and Montepulciano. I understand that Pienza is flatter and that can make negotiating a car in and out easier, and that it is a bit more centrally located. Here are some specific ways I’d like to know how they stack up but I welcome other insights as well.

The views – does one offer superior outward views of the valley/countryside?

Liveliness/activity in town – does one town shut down earlier than the other? Does either one have more folks still out strolling and hanging out in cafes later into the evening than the other?

Flowers/beauty – this might be silly but when I Google image Pienza I see more flowers & plants on sills, planter boxes and more climbing plants along walls & buildings, etc. than when I Google image Montepulciano. Is this accurate? Is Pienza more flowery?

I am struggling between these two, and I don’t think I can go wrong with either one but I do need something to inspire a final choice.

Part 2) I have gotten the impression that Siena is best at night, both because day trippers have gone and because it lights up nicely at night. I don’t know if I should make Siena a day trip from Montepulciano/Pienza or stay 1-2 nights in Siena. This is still tentative, but I’m looking at between 6-8 nights total in this part of Tuscany. Do I stay 2 of those nights in Siena? This also hinges on getting to the airport in either Pisa or Florence. Pisa is preferred for flight schedule. Is it possible to leave our hotel in Siena bound for either of those airports for a same day AM flight whether by train/bus or by private driver? Or must we stay in our departure city the night before? If we must stay the night in the departure city then that probably dictates keeping Siena a day trip as I do not want 3 different overnight stays inside of 7 days.

Part 3) Does anyone have any experience with airbnb? I have not used them before and I don’t know anything about their reputation. I browsed some good looking and well priced properties on their site though. And how crucial is air conditioning in Pienza/Montepulcino during the tail end of September? Would choosing accommodations without AC be a big mistake?

Thanks a bunch!

21 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Writers Needed for Japan
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Mar 26, 15 at 02:38 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Help me find a Villa in Val D'Orcia this Summer!
  2. 2 Bounced from flight back to Athens in June! Thoughts?
  3. 3 Drug addict cleansing in France and Spain
  4. 4 Malaga article
  5. 5 Megeve or St.Gervais les Bains in mid June?
  6. 6 To include Florence or Not....A Venice, (maybe Florence), and Rome trip
  7. 7 "Untours" as a tour guide
  8. 8 Arrive in Paris early am, no check-in/luggage drop until pm. Options?
  9. 9 North side of Thun Lake Switzerland as a lodging base
  10. 10 Belgium - Amsterdam - Dusseldorf
  11. 11 Spain in 17 days
  12. 12 Booking Engines You trust?
  13. 13 Advice for Venice/Rome Trip
  14. 14 Has anyone used Hop Airlines?
  15. 15 Trip Report MaiTaiTom's Paris When It Sizzles; Paris When It Fizzles Anniversary Trip
  16. 16 COSMOS Tour- 9 day Irish Explorer
  17. 17 Great Britain Car Tour Help!
  18. 18 Luzern to Zurich
  19. 19 A week in Sicily doable or not?
  20. 20 Spain in 17 days
  21. 21 Question about Tallinin and Riga.
  22. 22 Car travel from Munich-Fussen-Bad Ragaz-Interlaken: Roads?
  23. 23 2-week Central/Eastern Europe itinerary questions
  24. 24 Help re: Driving from Venice Airport to Kobarid, Slovenia
  25. 25 Slow, south of france with a baby, a five year old and no driving
View next 25 » Back to the top