Getting around in Tuscany

Old Jan 2nd, 2001, 05:08 PM
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Getting around in Tuscany

Our family of 8 (all over the age of 20) are going to Tuscany in October, we have two choices of villas - one is just 2km outside of Lucca the other is in Seina. Our plan was to have a central place for all to stay and whoever wanted to venture out to Florence or Venice or wherever could do what they want.

What is the country's train system like? And should we depend on the system to allow us to go on day trips, instead of renting a car?
Old Jan 2nd, 2001, 07:12 PM
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Denise, while the train system in Italy is supposed to be quite good, there really is nothing like having a car to come and go to all those great hill towns as you please. We rented last time we went and are renting again this summer from AutoEurope, they seem to have some of the best deals. Both areas are lovely so good luck making a decision! Have fun, maybe we'll bump into this summer!
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 07:16 AM
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My family is from near Venice and i have done the train and car route. I would recommend the car b/c it's easier to get to the small quaint towns with one. As well, driving through tuscany on the quiet winding streets is far more fun than whizzing by on a train. It was amazing to drive along with vinyards and olive groves right at the side of the road.

Although, that being said, gas and autostrada tolls can get to you. If you take the scenic route though - you avoid the crazy italian drivers HA.

Lucca is a wonderful town as is Siena. Siena is very medieval feeling with its high walls whereas Lucca is more open. but, both are gorgeous.

have fun!!
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 11:41 AM
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Hi, Denise, I would highly recommend a car in Tuscany. The roads are great, signage is good and it is beautiful. With that said, there is a tour company, Tours around Tuscany or something like that (do a search) that has been getting good reviews. We picked up a car in Rome and drove to Castellina in Chianti with numerous stops and got there before 4 - left Rome at 8. Go to and request a map - they will send you a great map of Chianti with all the vineyards and all the roads. Fun exploring. E-mail me directly if you want more information - DON'T attempt to drive in Florence!!
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 12:19 PM
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denise, Stay in the Siena area and get a car. You can always train to your departure airports, but it is very hard to get around in Tuscany without a car.
What is the first rule for property--location, location , location, and Siena is the best location.
Old Jan 4th, 2001, 02:44 PM
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Thank you for the info on the Chianti map. Wanted to let you though that I couldn't connect so I changed .com to .it and connected.

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