Tuscany - 1 week

Old Apr 1st, 2005, 07:42 AM
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Tuscany - 1 week

We are planning to travel the Tuscany area for one week in middle of June. We are flying into Rome and were thinking of the following itinary:
From Rome, train to Florence
Florence - 2 nights
Rent car to Cinque Terre - 2 nights
From Cinque Terre - Voltrona Farm-Agriturismo - 2 nights and do day trips
One night in Greve (recommended by a friend)
Drive car back to Rome for one week in Rome.
Does this sound feasible? I know it is busy but we are at information overload right now!
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Old Apr 1st, 2005, 08:24 AM
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You will be in the lovely Tuscan countryside for only 2 1/2 days at the most - not nearly enough, IMHO. I would skip either the Cinque Terra or Florence, and knock a few days off Rome perhaps. If you are not big art fans, skip Florence - it will be quite crowded in June. Visit Siena one morning with lunch on the Campo instead.

Also, I would concentrate on either the Chianti area, or southern Tuscany around Pienza. I prefer the latter, with a day trip to San Gimignano & Volterra. Greve is pretty far down on my favorites list. It's OK, but I would not visit it and miss either Montepulciano, Pienza, or Montalcino.

Stop for a visit to Orvieto on the way to Rome. Better yet, return the car in Orvieto & take the train into Rome.

Also, pay attention to where you will be on a Sunday. Most shops in Florence, Volterra, Orvieto and many of the smaller villages will be closed. Monday morning too.

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Old Apr 1st, 2005, 09:06 AM
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Many thanks. In terms of logistics, does this make sense?
From Florence to San Gimignano and stay at an ariturismo near SG -2 nights
Stay in Greve - 1 night
Montelpuciano - 3 nights?
Back to Rome (we have no choice in this one as it is part of a tour we are with)
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Irm, combine your nights in central Tuscany. Stay three nights in one location--either San Gimignano or Greve. Both are very nice towns...I enjoyed both very much.

And then move on to Montepulciano for three nights to see southern Tuscany.

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That would work. Sounds like you are committed to Greve. Note that San G & Greve are somewhat close together.

If I was not committed to Greve, I would leave Florence before or after lunch & head to Volterra for a visit in the afternoon, trying to make it by 3:00 at the latest (earlier if you want to have lunch there). Then take the short drive over to San G, planning to get there no earlier than 5:30, after the mobs of tourists have left for the day. I would choose to stay in San G, cause it's kinda neat at sunset with the sun shining on the towers. We stay at La Cisterna.

Next day I would have breakfast somwhere on the plaza in front of La Cisterna, then head out for a driving tour of Chianti, which goes through Greve if you follow the suggest driving itinerary in the Michelin Green Guide for Tuscany. Again, don't return to San G. till 6 or so.

Next morning head to Siena for a morning visit & lunch on the Campo. After Siena, stay in Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, or San Quirico for 4 nights. Read recent posts about these 3 villages. You will notice that bobthenavigator and I both perfer this southern Tuscany area over Chianti - that's why I recommend spending more time there than around Greve. Prettier countryside & more interesting villages, IMHO.

Do you have my Italy itinerary that has a high dosage of Tuscany in it?. I have several driving routes in this area. I've sent it to over 400 people on this and the AOL travel boards. e-mail me at Stu [email protected] if you want a copy.

On the way to Rome, hit Orvieto like I suggested.

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