Tuscany Hill towns--how far apart?

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Apr 15th, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Tuscany Hill towns--how far apart?

I realize that this seems like a question that I should be able to find in any guidebook, but I can't.

We are looking to spend 4 nights in Tuscany exploring some smaller towns (before that 3 nights in florence, and after 3 in rome--first time to Italy).
We are trying to find a good "base" but can't figure out how far the drive is from in between towns. I think we are more interested in the southern towns.
I certainly would appreciate advice on what town to stay in, but at the least some help on driving times would be much appreciated.
thanks!
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Apr 15th, 2005, 05:39 PM
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It might help if you were more specific on which hill towns you are referring to to see how far apart they are. There are so many, some better than others.
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Apr 15th, 2005, 05:47 PM
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Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano are three delightful towns that are close to each other in southern Tuscany.
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Apr 15th, 2005, 07:18 PM
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The book TOP 10 TUSCANY by Reid Bramlett lists the top 10 hill towns. Howard hit 3 of them that are close together along the S-146 corridor. Another concentration is NW of there and includes Volterra, San Gimignano, and Siena. Either area is terrific, and Siena is smack in the middle. I like to stay south of Siena for day trips and include the two abbeys in that area as well. Good luck !
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Apr 15th, 2005, 07:20 PM
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Marci: Southern Tuscany is commonly thought to include Montalcino, San Querico, Pienza and Montepulciano and others. It is easy enough to determine driving times and distances by using viamichelin.com or mappy.com . There are other websites as well. Just enter the town of origin and any destination or combination--it will calculate distance and time.
As for base, it really depends on your preference. We stayed in Montalcino and could get anywhere we desired and always return to a very "wine centered" village--we enjoyed it. I would think that San Querico and Montepulciano would be convenient as well. Use the websites, look at a map and figure out what places you want to explore. Enjoy!
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Apr 16th, 2005, 05:07 AM
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I'll also strongly recommend TOP 10 TUSCANY. It's an excellent resource for anyone going to that area.
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Apr 16th, 2005, 10:06 AM
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You guys are great! Thanks for the book and website recommendations--just what I needed.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 03:00 PM
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Gubbio to Pienzo 1 hr 50 min
Montalcino (about 45 minutes (by car) from Siena
Assisi to Pienza 1 hour 30 min
Assisi to Gubbio 1 hour
Orvieto to Assisi - 1 hour 23 min
Pienza to Siena 1 hour
Pienza to Volterra 1 hour 50 min
Volterra to San Gimignano = 40 min
San Gimiganano to Siena 45 min
Volterra to Siena 1 hr 10 min
Volterra to Florence 1 hr 25 min
San Gimignano to Florence 1 hour
Orvieto to Pienzo = 1 hour 10 min
Rome to Orvieto = 1 hour 30 min

I got all these from this site: http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichel...MaHomePage.htm
You just type in the cities and it gives directions, tolls and times.
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