Val d'Orcia

Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 03:31 PM
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Val d'Orcia

Planning on driving through Val d'Orcia from Florence then end in Pisa for one day. Should I rent at Florence airport or take the train to Arezzo or Chiusi then rent a car there?.We're just driving through to take pictures of the hills and countryside and maybe stop at Montalcino or Pienza for lunch. Is this doable?
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 04:05 PM
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>>Is this doable?
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 05:08 PM
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Start with a good map. That one day itinerary is not feasible. And, one day rentals may not be cost effective. What is your total itinerary?
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 05:54 PM
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Stu, thanks for such detailed suggestions for exploring this beautiful area which I hope to visit again. Gracias....
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 06:26 PM
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Stu, who is an acknowledged expert, may inadvertently flatten enthusiasm with his stern prescriptions.
I would put it differently:
The Val d'Orcia is exquisite. The towns are delightful. IMO, the countryside is the real star, however.
If you can take more than a day, you will be abundantly repaid for your effort.
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"Acknowledged expert"? A lot of people -- and I mean in the tens of thousands! -- take a completely different approach to the val d'Orcia and have travelled in Tuscany more than Stu. I sometimes think the point of the stern prescriptions is to deliberately kill a thread and deter other posters.

Stu, how about putting this antique written-in-stone itinerary into a Trip Report and providing a link to it!


Are you sure you can rent a car for just one day? It's not always possible from the majors, if that matters to you.

You'd have to get up very early in the morning to catch a train to Chiusi, which would be the best departure point, unless you were willing to reverse your itinerary, which would make more sense.

You can use via Michelin to get a very primitive take on how long a bare bones drive would take you from Chiusi to Pienza, then on up through Montalcino and then to Pisa (use the feature that gives you a scenic route). It's about 200km, and Italian lunches tend to be long, plus you want to take pictures. If you only have a day for this, I suggest you bring a picnic lunch.
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