Tuscany portion of trip

Oct 30th, 2006, 08:21 PM
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Tuscany portion of trip

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I am planning our Honeymoon and this is the first time ever going anywhere significant. I've never been anywhere for 19 days. The part I'm concentrating on now, is the Tuscany portion.
We leave Rome, take the train to Chiusi and pick up a rental car.
Drive on to Montelcino where we will stay at Il Giglio for 3 nights.
My idea was to drive straight to Montelcino and hang there for the rest of the day.
The next day go to Pienza and Montepulciano.
Next day do Siena.
Our next stop is Florance for 3 nights. Is it possible on our way to Florance to stop in San Gimigano or should we just head straight to Florance and do San G. as a day trip? I'm feeling a little overwhelmed becuase there is so much to see and I don't want to miss anything!
Any ideas? Or a total revamp of our trip? Open to suggestions I'm really looking for some opinions....Thanks everyone!
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Oct 30th, 2006, 08:44 PM
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Personally I would recommend you to stop in San Gimignano on your way to Florence. Others liked it enough to stay overnight or longer, but I felt a short while was good enough.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 09:46 PM
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As long as we are giving advice, it's, Montalcino, Florence and San Gimignano.
I think your idea of visiting San Gimignano on the way to Florence is spot on, it will save backtracking and allow you to ditch the car in Florence where it is basically useless. Get an early start and you will enjoy San G. before the crowds appear.
BTW-we stayed at Il Giglio and enjoyed it and Montalcino immensely--love those brunellos as well as the views from the hotel. You're on the right track! Enjoy, Paul
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Oct 31st, 2006, 03:27 AM
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We recently returned from a week's stay in Montalcino and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. If you hit my screen name you can see and read my trip report. We visited so many beautiful small Tuscan hill towns and one was more beautiful than the next. The countryside, as others have said before me in various posts, is THE most gorgeous we have seen anywhere. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Re San Gimigniano, we had been there several times before but this time we were there at the wrong time, i.e. late afternoon and it was way too crowded and way too "Disney-esque" for my tastes. I would either make sure to be there really early in the a.m. or make it an overnight trip and continue on to Firenze the next day.

If I can help you with any specifics, let me know.
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Oct 31st, 2006, 08:16 AM
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Flame! I just read your trip review and it was so helpful! I cut and pasted it and am bringing it home to my fiance to read....
I do have a question-I see you returned your car iat the Peretola airport. I'm concerned about dropping off the car and making it to the Hotel Centrale. Will the airport be difficult to get to from San G? And where did you get maps and everything from? I have so many questions!
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Oct 31st, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Stop and see Montepulciano after you get the car---on the route.
Yes, do stop in San Gim. as you transition to Florence. I was the one who started the Il Giglio craze years ago, but I really think this is a better value across the street.
www.montalcinoitaly.com Good luck !
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Oct 31st, 2006, 09:53 AM
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Thanks! I'll look into it.....
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