Best Route to take in Tuscany

Old Jan 28th, 2004, 03:14 PM
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Best Route to take in Tuscany

My husband and I are renting a villa in Lucca next June with 4 other couples. We will have 6 full days to include one Sunday to explore the region. Need recommendations on best routes to take. Must does are: to see Siena, wine-tasting preferably at small wineries, and perhaps hiking a little in the Cinque Terre area. Add a little antiquing and non-touristy shopping for me! Which towns can't be missed!! Please help!! Thanks! Maria
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We loved Montalcino and Pienza. Definitely spend the time to explore the Fortezza in Montalcino - the view from the top was one of the best we had during our whole trip. And in Pienza, buy a wheel of Pecorino cheese! A whole kilo is about 10 Euros, and it was the best cheese I've ever had...I'm sorry to say that my husband and I ate an entire kilo between the two of us in a four day period (BIG stomach ache)!

Enjoy your trip!
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From Lucca your options are limited by driving time. Siena is 2 hours and south Tuscany even further. From there, my top list is:
Volterra
San Gimignano[ still a long way]
Pisa
Garfagnana
Cinque terre
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If the available Sunday is the third Sunday of the month there is an antique market in Lucca (mostly furniture).
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Old Jan 29th, 2004, 07:27 AM
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Hi Maria,

We wentto Lucca during the antique fair (flea market). Itwas something of a disappointment. I would not arrange my schedule around it.
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