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Sep 10th, 2014, 04:48 AM
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Tuscany for 7 days day trip suggestions

My wife and I are staying in Castiglion de fiorentina in mid October for seven days with a hire car and would like to have suggestions for 'not to be missed' day trips. We will be driving from Florence where we will be staying for three days.
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Sep 10th, 2014, 08:26 AM
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From that location I would see these charming hill towns:
Arezzo
Cortona
Siena
Montepulciano

Read your guide book and have fun !
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Sep 10th, 2014, 01:02 PM
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Arezzo is not a hill town.

There are so many possibilities from your terrific location in Tuscany that it would take a whole guidebook to answer. One very good guidebook for your locations is this one

http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Tusc.../dp/8836532977

You should also do some online research for discovering the Chianti area and buy a book for the area

http://www.italia.it/en/discover-ita...ti-valley.html

and I also suggest that you consider visiting some parts of Umbria from your location

http://www.bellaumbria.net/en/perugia-neighborhood/

http://www.bellaumbria.net/en/lake-trasimeno/

Only you can decide if what you want from your stay in Tuscany are the great Renaissance art cities like Arezzo, Siena, or Assisi and the tourist favorites (Cortona, Montepuliciano) or if you would like wineries and exploring smaller towns -- some on the beaten track (the Chianti villages) and some off the beaten track (Loro Ciuffeno, Lucignano).

It helps to pack a few detailed guidebooks so you can be spontaneous and go with the weather. It can be a fantastic experience in Tuscany to go to the local food markets and buy simple food (plus some good bottles of wine) and enjoy them where you are staying. Even just cheese and fruits and breads. This to me is the "not to be missed" experience of Tuscany away from the beautiful art cities, which are very very much worth visiting (just make sure you understand that most things are closed in the middle of the day and plan accordingly, and be careful too where you park and drive).
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