driving around Florence

Feb 16th, 2004, 07:22 PM
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ajm
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driving around Florence

We are going to spend 4 days in Florence in late May. We would like to spend time in the countryside. Do we get a hotel in Florence for the 4 nights or spend a night or 2 in other close by towns? Should we rent a car or rely on buses and trains. Finally, with this time, which towns should we be sure not to miss?
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Feb 16th, 2004, 08:50 PM
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My answer to this would depend on how you are getting TO Florence (coming from where?) and how/where going AFTER Florence.

You could do pretty well with just bus or train to Siena or Lucca, just to use two examples.

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Feb 17th, 2004, 05:17 AM
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Are you going to be in Tuscany at all ?
If yes, then Florence for 4 days would be good, maybe one day trip if your inclinded. If you will not have a oppurtunity to see the countryside then I would suggest day trips or staying in the country side and visiting Florence. The countryside with the small towns, farms, villas, castles , etc, is beautiful, serene, ..... It doesn't take long at all to be in the countryside from Florence at all. Overall it not a very large city. You could stay in Florence, drive, bus or trains to many towns. If you realy like to explore or gaze upon the countryside beauty, then a car would give much better results. Florence's city center is off limits to driving, unless going to your hotel to drop off luggage. Parking can be hard to find sometimes in Florence. There are a lot of towns to pick from. From the small quaint places of Chianti, to the larger towns like Siena, San Gimgianno, Luca. Once you figure out if your going to stay in Florence or the countryside then you could research the guidebooks more to hone in on the type of towns & experience you would enjoy. Every town is good. You won't see all of em'
so pick for your particular interest.
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Feb 17th, 2004, 05:28 AM
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Hi ajm,

4 days is a good stay in Florence.

You can get to Lucca and Siena by train or bus. You can take a local bus to Fiesole (no. 7 at the train station).

Many people recommend an overnight in Siena.

You might find these links helpful.

Ira?s Trip Report

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34451044

Helpful Information: Italy

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34443340


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Feb 17th, 2004, 05:39 AM
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It depends on where you want to go in the countryside, as the others mentioned the bigger towns are easily accessible by bus. If you want to drive through the smaller towns of Chianti, I'd rent a car to have the flexibility to stop and stay as long as you want. I highly recommend Siena, San Gimignano and the cantina in Greve if you are wine drinkers. The drive is gorgeous. We really were glad we stopped at the American cemetary outside Florence as well.
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