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Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

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Manhattan Beach
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Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

We want to spend 3 days, two nights traveling in Tuscany. At the end of Tuscany we then travel to the Cinque Terre, probably giving up our car.

There are SO MANY hill towns that a month would not be enough. What would be the less-traveled, beautiful roads from Florence, heading south, and then looping back up again to the West and North of Florence, on our way to the 5T?

Probably staying away from San Gemignano -- we hear, as beautiful as it is, there are too many of us fellow tourists!

Is Pitigliano too far? Volterra sounds interesting. What else? We love hidden adventures.

Thanks!

Sharon

Sydney, Australia
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for Train Travel
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1. Re: Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

Volterra is a lovely and interesting town, and it is sufficiently far away from "tourist Tuscany" that it is not swamped with visitors. Plenty of restaurants and some good shops. Hotel Villa Porta all'Arco is just outside the walls, and we found it convenient. www.villaportallarco.it/volterra-hotel.asp

Another place that has fewer visitors is Pienza, which has hardly changed in 500 years. Relais Il Chiostro is a very comfortable hotel in the ex-convent next to the cathedral, with an excellent restaurant. www.relaisilchiostrodipienza.com

St. Marys, OH
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2. Re: Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

From Florence to Pitigliano is about 2 hrs and 40 minutes if you use A1 That's the quick way to get there but it's not too scenic. If you took SR 222, the Chianti Road south toward Siena and then used the country roads to get to Pitigliano it would take longer but it's a fantastic drive. We're staying in Pitigliano next May; can't wait.

We usually stay in Montalcino because we find the Val d'Orcia area to be the most beautiful in Tuscany. Lots of small towns, including Pienza, in the area, and many Brunello wineries too.

Manhattan Beach
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3. Re: Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

May I ask -- where in Pitigliano will you be staying?

Sharon

Kansas
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for Siena, Montalcino
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4. Re: Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

sharon,

This may help slowtrav.com/italy/tuscany/hs_planning.htm

St. Marys, OH
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5. Re: Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

We're probably going to stay at Il Tufa Rosa in Pitigliano. http://www.iltuforosa.com/

Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany

These were the views around Pienza. The Val d'Orcia is beautiful as is all the Crete Sienese with shaded soils or rich crops.

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