Siena-San Gimignano-Greve day trip?

Feb 23rd, 2014, 07:59 PM
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Siena-San Gimignano-Greve day trip?

We'll be staying in Siena for three nights in May, and plan to rent a car on one of the days to drive the country and see a couple of the nearby towns. We'd like to see San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti and are wondering if it's possible to visit both towns in one day (spending a couple of hours in each place), leaving/returning from/to Siena. Any advice? Thanks.
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Feb 23rd, 2014, 10:45 PM
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Yes, it would be possible if you have a car (but impossible on public transportation). No, it is not worth the effort. Greve is a nice place to be, but not as interesting as S. Gimignano. It looks near as the crow flies, but driving on Tuscan country roads is very slow and you would get tired of the endless curves in an hour or so; so you should better spend your time in S. Gimignano. If you want to visit a couple of places, S. Giminiano and Monteriggioni or Colle Val d'Elsa make much more sense.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 03:15 AM
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If you just want to see the countryside, you could take a different route back to Siena and stop anywhere that looks attractive.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 03:49 AM
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True, but if you want to go to Greve, go in the morning and eat lunch there. It is best if there is a market in the square. The road are indeed narrow and curvy on some approaches, but they are not scary.

The recommendation of Monteriggione is a good one. There isn't much here, but it is a walled town, and there is or was a wonderful restaurant (Vado Pazzo) if I recall correctly, for lunch.

You will be happiest if you arrive at San Gimignano late in the afternoon as the tourist buses leave, say 4 PM. It is magical in the late day light.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 04:24 AM
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I would plan carefully for San Gim. When we last visited (with a car) the place was mobbed during the early afternoon and we had to park in a lot some way away. I found more to see and do in Siena but thought the trip to San Gim was worthwhile.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 05:33 AM
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Either see San Gim. and Volterra[one of my favs]in one day or see mid-Chianti, but not both. Greve is not a favorite.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 06:09 AM
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Thanks very much everyone -- appreciate all the perspectives and suggestions. What do you all think about Siena-Montalcino-Montepulciano-Siena as an alternative route (also in one day)?
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Feb 24th, 2014, 06:17 AM
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One of these days I have to try Volterra. Why has no one mentioned my current favorite Pienza?
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