Italy in May - Tuscany suggestions

Feb 9th, 2014, 06:04 PM
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Italy in May - Tuscany suggestions

My husband and I have been planning our trip to Italy from May 5 - 22 and are now narrowing down an itinerary (fly into Naples on the 5th and then staying at an agriturismo to see the AC. Naples to Rome on the 9th. Leave Rome by train on the 14th to perhaps Orvieto to rent a car. Then staying somewhere in Tuscany from the 14th - 20th and taking the train up to Geneva to catch our flight back.

We are trying to decide on a location to act as a base for our time in Tuscany. We have read quite a bit about the beauty of Southern Tuscany and so have been considering staying somewhere in the area of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza etc. We drove quite a bit in rural France on a previous trip so while we have taken a few wrong turns, we are not afraid of driving. San quirco d'orcia looks interesting (the Palazzo del Capitano maybe? perhaps osteria dell'Orcia which I know is in Castiglione D'Orcia) or but was concerned that there might not be enough places to eat or stroll in the evenings (versus say Montalcino which I have read has quite a few good restaurants). Any input would be much appreciated.

We are, against much of the advice I have read on this forum, considering doing Florence as a day trip (perhaps via train from Siena or Buonoconvento). We know that it will be a very long day of travel but we wouldn't mind at least seeing the city and are really focused on having a relaxing 5 day stint in Tuscany and really don't want to move to Florence for a few days. So...if anyone had a suggestion for lodging that was, for example, closer to Siena, we would be open to it.

Thanks again in advance for your time and ideas.

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Feb 9th, 2014, 06:15 PM
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Good for you---looks like a very nice trip.

Here are a few to consider. The Fattoria Tregole is north of Siena about 15 KM.

. Terre di Nano 100 to 155
Both rooms and apartments at rural Agriturismo near Monticchiello

4. Casanova di Pescille 100E
Rural B&B 3 KM from famed San Gimignano—we loved the views of San Gim.

5. Fattoria Tregole 110E to 180E
Has both B&B and apartment accommodations. Near Castellina in Chianti

6. Agriturismo apts. near San Quirico— About 110E

7. New historic B&B north of Pienza.
Site of filming for THE ENGLISH PATIENT About 90E for double

8. A special rural B&B in Chianti.
The lovely owner, Elena, will make you feel like family. 170E for double

B. IN-TOWN LOCATIONS: For walking convenience to shops & ristorantes.

1. Palazzo del Capitano 170 to 210E
Very nice small hotel in center of San Quirico—perfect location to explore.

2. Vecchia Oliviera 150 to 200E
Nice 4 star hotel at the gate into lovely Montalcino---has pool.

3. Palazzina Cesari 80 to 110E
Lovely small B&B in heart of Montalcino—great value—2 night stay minimum.

4. Locanda di San Francesco 180 to 200E
New boutique B&B in a lovely location in Montepulciano—great reviews !

5. Politian apartments Good value apts. with
minimum stay of 3 nights in Montepulciano---helpful host---85E

6. Palazzo Ravizza 170 to 250E
Very nice & popular hotel in Siena with parking.
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Feb 9th, 2014, 06:22 PM
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Wow! Bobthenavigator thank you so much! I will do some research into these ones (already exchanged emails with the Politian and they are booked but Giacomo seems like a lovely fellow) - I'm sure one of them will be a good fit.
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Feb 9th, 2014, 06:56 PM
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Siena (or nearby) will be fine for a day trip for Florence. It will give you a little taste of this beautiful town and then if you like what you see you can always plan a longer stay another time. Eithe book in advance to see David at The Accademia, or leave it until the last thing of the day (about 5pm) and then the queues are really short.
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Feb 9th, 2014, 07:18 PM
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Nice itinerary. We enjoyed staying in Pienza, but there are so many lovely places to stay you won't go wrong. Here is a link to my journal from our visit there in 2006:

Have a wonderful time!
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