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Jul 13th, 2016, 08:02 AM
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Florence/Tuscany for a Week

Hello!

A friend and I are traveling to Italy in September for roughly 1 month. We have our itinerary slowly coming together, but we are stuck on how to utilize our time in the Florence area. We have about 1 week, half of which we plan to see the city and all it has to offer, the other half we wanted to see more of the countryside. We will not be able to rent a car so that option is out.

We are not completely sure where all we want to visit in the Tuscany area, but, Chianti, Siena, and Lucca have been recommended so far.

We want to see the hillside and natural beauty, along with getting as many wine tasting/vineyards in as we can! We were looking at a few places to stay outside of the city, but got a little worried about getting to and from without our own form of transportation. We are also interested in any hiking/trails that could be recommended.

We are not opposed to staying in Florence and making day trips, so if anyone has recommendations on tour guides, or how to see more in one day, we are all ears!

Cheers!
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Jul 15th, 2016, 03:17 AM
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One week is a good length of time to get to know Florence and its environs. Places you can get to under your own steam (public transport) include Lucca/Pisa (train), Siena (Bus/train), Fiesole (Bus), Arezzo (Bus http://www.goeuro.it/autobus/firenze/arezzo) as well as the smaller towns such as Greve-in-Chianti on the ATAF bus routes.

San Gimignano can technically be reached by a series of buses from Florence but getting there and back in a day using public transport would be quite a challenge. If you want to visit some of the more out-of-the-way hilltop towns and villages you may be better considering a day tour from Florence, where all transport is included and you don't have to worry about connecting bus services.
"Slow days" tours from Florence does some great little day trips, but they limit group sizes to 7-8 people so are often booked up. Otherwise take one of the larger group tours that all the hotels and B&B's recommend.

If you are looking to stay between Florence and Siena in the countryside I can recommend Terre di Baccio : http://www.terredibaccio.com/
Beautiful location and the owner Ilaria couldn't be nicer.
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