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Sep 14th, 2000, 04:47 AM
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Nigel Doran
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Back from 14 days in Rome, Tuscany - any questions?

Spent a fortnight in Rome, at a hotel-villa near to Cortona and then at a self-catering villa with pool south of Siena. Travelled by car and train from U K.
Please ask questions on Rome, Tuscany etc.
 
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Sep 14th, 2000, 07:04 AM
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Four of us leave for Rome Oct. 8. Staying at Portoghesi, then to villa at Arrezzo for a week. You probably have some good advice to share? We will have a car in Tuscany. thank you, Haydn
 
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Sep 15th, 2000, 03:38 AM
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The Piazza Navona really seemed the place to be of an evening, with holiday makers and the odd local strolling around, drinking, eating, and generally taking in the lovely architecture. Try a restaurant just round the corner, near Largo Febo (opp. the Hotel Raphael) called Ristorante Popp' e Prue that did really good seafood and where plenty of Italians were eating. Moderate prices.
Near Arezzo, try Cortona and Lucignano for off-the-beaten-track towns. Think smaller, less tourist-ridden versions of Perugia etc. and you will get it. A good restaurant at Lucignano is Lo Schicchero in the city walls, which was full of locals enjoying robust Tuscan food and pizzas from a wood-burning oven. A good place at Cortona is La Grotta.
The local deSpar chain or coop chain of supermarkets are great for prosciutto and mozzarella and wines for your villa. Prices are good, as are those in restaurants. Petrol is about 60p a litre. Wine is good value too.
Siena was my favourite place, for walking and sights and the whole Italian feel!
 
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Sep 15th, 2000, 08:37 AM
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I am going to tuscany in a week and have no plans besides a B&B we are staying in. Any suggestions are welcome...you can email me if it is easier...
 
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Sep 16th, 2000, 02:21 PM
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I will be spending 4 days near Cortona(Il Falconiere). How long does it take to drive to Sienna and Assisi? Suggestions for day trips and wineries? Thanks.
 
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Sep 17th, 2000, 05:37 AM
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Michael: 108.3 miles, 2 hours according to www.iti.com.
 
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Sep 21st, 2000, 03:55 PM
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Planning on touring Tuscany the week of October 30-Nov 7. Hvae no reservations yet. Looking for agritourismo or other inexpensive accomodations (under $100/night). Anu suggestions woud be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
 
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Sep 21st, 2000, 10:34 PM
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Wondering where the villa was in which you stayed in the Tuscan region south of Siena. What can you tell us about it? We're (2 couples)looking ahead to next spring. Thanks.
 
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Sep 22nd, 2000, 06:31 AM
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Hi,
We are going to be spending a few days in Florence, and wanted to take a day trip into the surounding country? Any suggestions for a good day trip? We were also hoping to rent bicycles for a day to explore the countryside. We are primarily traveling by train. Do you have any ideas? Thanks
 
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Sep 24th, 2000, 05:26 AM
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Nigel Doran
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Brookie,

We stayed in a villa 5km up a gravel path from the small town of Montepulciano d'Arbia. It is also near to Asciano. It was quite high up on a hilltop and was quite remote from anywhere else.

A nice drive we took was along the SS233 (at least I think it was this one.) It is a winding road that takes you from Siena to the heartlands of what has been dubbed 'Chiantishire' due to the number of Brits who holiday and have second homes there.
 
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Sep 25th, 2000, 11:00 AM
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Nigel: I tried iti.com and got a computor school. Is that the correct address for Italy distances? Thanks.

Michael
 
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Sep 25th, 2000, 11:02 AM
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Nigel: The web site iti.com came up as a computor school. Is that the correct address for italy travel?
 
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Sep 25th, 2000, 11:13 AM
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Michael: try either
http://www.iti.fr/
or http://www.cwlease.com/cwlint/index2.htm

Paulo
 
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