Driving from Venice to Siena?

Apr 29th, 2006, 07:06 AM
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Driving from Venice to Siena?

We are thinking of driving because the trains will take most of a day. Has anyone made this drive? Is it scenice or just a headache and better off with the trains? Obviously the trains are much less expensive so unless it is worth our time and money I don't want to do it. Please advise.
tulsaag is offline  
Apr 29th, 2006, 07:28 AM
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You're better off with the trains, unless you plan to do a lot of car trips in Tuscany.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 07:37 AM
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I believe that the distance is over 330 miles from Venice to Siena. The trip by train can take as little as 5 hours (actually a little less). That's not bad. I don't think you will save much time. Especially when you look at price of car and the time to get to and at rental agency, etc. On the train, you could have a meal (additional time if you are driving). You can relax (as opposed to worrying about getting lost), enjoy the scenery or sleep, and you can visit with other travelers. I have met the most interesting people on European trains.

Cars are great when you have lots of time and want to explore, but if you are most interested in here-to-there, I'd take the train. I always feel the train is just part of the European experience.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 07:43 AM
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If you need the car anyway, drive.
If not, train.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 08:46 AM
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We drove last week from San Gimignano (which is near Siena) to Venice. Very easy drive, excellent roads. No problem at all. The distance between those 2 cities is 335 KM (NOT MILES!). Driving without stopping it should take you not more than 3.5-4 hours!
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Apr 29th, 2006, 10:27 AM
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Thanks for the correction. I thought I was on an American site and looking at miles.
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