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Brithday trip to Tuscany-Accomodations and Cars

Jul 31st, 2011, 08:38 AM
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Brithday trip to Tuscany-Accomodations and Cars

DH and I are heading to Tuscany this fall. I'm taking him to celebrate his birthday so am ready to splurge to make it a bit more special (not that any trip to Tuscany isn't special!)
We will be there for a week and will be spending the first 2 days in Florence before venturing out to the countryside. The Lungarno and Helvetia and Bristol are front-runners in Florence and in the countryside, Locanda Dell'Amorosa in Sinalunga and Villa Cicolina near Montepulciano are at the top of the list. Any thoughts on these properties (or other recommendations) to help with the decision making process would be greatly appreciated.
We will definitely be renting a car but I'm not sure whether to rent in Florence or train/bus it to another town on the way south. I want to rent a convertible if that makes a difference. (On this note, I'd love a suggested route for our trip to the second hotel to make a day of the trip).
Many thanks!!!
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Jul 31st, 2011, 09:34 AM
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You have good tastes---any of those hotels will be great. I would add La Saracina to that list, and Terre di Nano if you do not mind spending less.
I would rent in Florence and drive south, but the convertible will be VERY expensive---check it out. Use Google Maps for your routing once you book the location.

Click my name for our trip report from this May in Tuscany.
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Jul 31st, 2011, 11:06 AM
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La Saracina (between Pienza and Montepulciano) would be wonderful. Also take a look at Villa Poggiano closer to Montepulciano. Pretty darn awesome! BTW, we stayed at both so I am speaking from personal experience.
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Aug 1st, 2011, 07:00 AM
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Thanks to both of you for your feedback. I will look into Saracina and Poggiano as well. I'm hoping that the convertible won't bust the budget!
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Aug 1st, 2011, 08:03 AM
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Stayed at Poggiano a few times and would highly recommend.
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Aug 1st, 2011, 08:35 AM
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When exactly are you taking this trip? It can get a little cool and rainy for a convertible later in the fall. And you might consider picking up your rental car at Florence's airport -- to avoid driving in central Florence.
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Aug 2nd, 2011, 01:12 PM
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We will be traveling in early October. I have heard that driving in Florence can be tricky. Fortunately, my husband has done it and feels comfortable with it.
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Aug 3rd, 2011, 03:26 AM
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Driving in Florence proper is tricky, and not recommended, but you needen't do so. You won't need the car in the city so rent it after your time there is done. Otherwise you'll have to deal with the hassle of parking it and paying for it for 2 days you don't need it.
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Aug 11th, 2011, 06:50 AM
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A couple of ideas for you Pencey-

If you want a special day to celebrate a birthday you might consider a small group tour where everything is taken care of. http::/www.slow-days.com do a day trip to a family run vineyard, visit a medieval hilltown and slow food restaurant. I would highly recommend them.

www.tuscanyvintagecartours.com . I have no direct experience with them but it looks like an interesting way to see Tuscany.
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