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day trip frim Monteroni d'Arbia into the Maremma

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Hi there,

We're thinking of driving from Suvignano, near Monteroni d'Arbi and Murlo, for a day trip into the Maremma. Not sure if this sounds like a good plan: leave Suvignano early to head to Bolgheri, Populonia, Baratti, Campiglia Marittima/Suvereto, then somewhere (not sure where??)for a view of the sea; then Castiglioncello Bandini for dinner, and back to Suvignano. Would this be a monsterously long day even if we left early but stopped at each place for a bit? Would you suggest improvements to simplify these suggestions? Looking for variety in terms of sights and experiences, but don't want to be exhausted at the end of the WONDERFUL day. Thanks for any thoughts!
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    It is hard to know how much driving and touristing you find exhausting, but I think the biggest problem with your plan is dinner in Castiglioncello Bandini and driving back to Suvignano afterwards. Your dinner is not likely to begin until 8pm, it will last until around 10pm. You simply haven't got a great road back to Suvignano. It will be demanding driving.

    Is there a particular restaurant you want to try in Castiglioncello Bandini? If so, consider going there for lunch and going to the sea in the afternoon. If you don't particularly want to see Populonia/Baratti, but only to be at the seaside in general, you could go to the area around Castiglione dell Pescaia, and come back via Massa Marittima. Again, that depends on your willingess to drive 90 minutes at a stretch between the inland and sea over very twisting country roads that are more heavily forested than the roads of Le Crete (where you are staying).

    If you don't have a particular reason to go to Castiglioncello Bandini, and if you are willing to tackle twisting country driving, an interesting excursion from Suvignano to the sea might be to go to the Abbey of San Galgano near Chiusdino in the morning, and then head for Massa Marittima for big lunch. After lunch, head for Bolgheri/Piombino.

    If you are staying at an apartment with a kitchen, stock it up with things to eat so you don't need to stop for dinner on your way back.

    One thing that puzzles me about your post is saying that you want to go to Populonia and Baratti and "then somewhere (not sure where) for a view of the sea." Both those places are on the sea.

    By the way, there is a woman who posts on the Frommer's message board who knows the area of Tuscany around Bolgheri and the sea quite well, so you might want to ask your question on that message board for "improvements" and the chance for a wonderful day with a variety of experiences.

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