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Old Jun 18th, 2003, 05:11 PM
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Transportation from Florence to Siena

We're travelling from Florence to Siena and renting a car in Siena for 7 days. What is the optimal way to get to Siena? Train? Should we rent a car and make it an 8 day rental? All suggestions appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Jun 18th, 2003, 06:30 PM
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Rent in Florence and see San Gim. on the way south.
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Old Jun 19th, 2003, 12:54 AM
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Nice if you're interested in seeing San G. if you aren't the train takes 1 1/2 hours without changes from Florence to Siena. Many will tell you the drive is better. Is price an issue, i.e., would the price be better renting in Florence vs. Siena?
 
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Driving is the easiest. It takes about 1 hour or less taking the highway (SI-FI) or a little longer taking the old Chianti road (222). Second choice would be the bus which is faster and more convenient than the train.
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Just back from the area and yes I agree that renting in Florence makes sense. Take Route 222 through Chiati region. It's delightful and stop in Greve and a couple of other small towns at random. They're all wonderful. The countryside is so refreshing after some days in cities.
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I took the Eurostar from Venice to Florence, and changed to a local for Siena. I found the experience rather exciting, and somehow enjoyed the frequent stops at the small staions along the way, watching the people come and go. It really felt that I was living and traveling decades ago. I also rented a car in Siena and drove back to Florence the next day. I am glad I did it that way, imagining the "excitement" of renting a car in Florence and trying to drive out of town.
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