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Buses are a reliable but time-consuming means of getting around the region because they tend to stop in every town. Trains are a better option in virtually every respect when you're headed to Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo, and other cities with good rail service. But for most smaller towns, buses are the only option. Be aware that making arrangements for bus travel, particularly for a non-Italian speaker, can be a test of patience.
CPT. A third line, CPT, has infrequent buses between Volterra and Colle di Val d'Elsa, and also connects Volterra with the nearest train station in Saline. 050/884111; 199 120150 toll-free in Italy. www.cpt.pisa.it.
SENA. The trip between Siena and Rome takes three hours on regular service provided by SENA. 0861/1991900. www.sena.it.
SITA. From Florence, SITA buses serve Siena (one hour) and numerous towns in Chianti. 0577/204328; 800/373760 toll-free in Italy.
Tra-In. There are three primary bus services in Tuscany: Tra-In covers much of the territory south of Florence, and the province of Siena. Strada Statale 73, Levante 23, Località Due Ponti, 53100. 0577/204111; 800/922984 toll-free in Italy. www.trainspa.it.
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