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CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

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CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

After a few days in Manarola, we will be pick up a car in La Spezia, spend a few hours in Lucca, then continue on to Siena.

(After a few nights in Siena, and day trips to San G, Volterra & small towns to the south, we'll drop the car in Orvieto and take the train on to Rome.)

Can anyone recommend a good scenic (but not super slow) route, especially for the Lucca to Siena segment? Seems like these might be the options, but I could use some tips on the pros/cons:

1) Autostrada around Florence then thru Poggibonsi? (~1hr 30mins)

2) Thru Altopascio, Fucecchio, Castelfiorentino & Poggibonsi? (~1hr 50mins)

3) Autostrada around Florence, then SS222 thru Chianti? (~2hrs)

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1. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

Hi,

For the Lucca to Siena scenic route I'd suggest heading out on the SS439 towards Pontedera. Go through here staying on the SS439 for appox 27km, passing through La Sterza along the way, and you will come to a left turning signposted Firenze/San Gimignano (43km) /Volterra which is the direction you want to take. From Volterra take the SS68 to Colle di Val d'Elsa then on to Monteriggioni and then to Siena. We did this in reverse returning to Lucca from an overnight stay in Siena and it was a much more interesting route than the autostrada based one we took to get to Siena.

mesh

Edited: 4:14 pm, January 24, 2013
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2. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

Just in case you aren't already aware, Lucca, Siena and other cities in Italy have ZTLs (limited traffic zones) in operation. Here is a helpful article about driving in Italy: tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g187893-c140065/Tus…

mesh

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3. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

Thanks for the suggestion, Mesh.

According to Google Maps, your route takes about 2hrs 20 mins (Pontedera, Volterra, Monteriggioni). A bit longer than the others, and we'll be visiting Volterra later during the trip, so it would be good to see different scenery on a different route.

Maybe someone else will chime in with experience for my other scenic options:

2) Thru Altopascio, Fucecchio, Castelfiorentino & Poggibonsi? (~1hr 50mins)

3) Autostrada around Florence, then SS222 thru Chianti? (~2hrs)

Edited: 7:24 pm, January 24, 2013
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4. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

Just to add that both times we took the autostrada route to Siena (A11-A1-RA3) the traffic was very heavy (lots of lorries) and the journey took much longer than estimated by our TomTom satnav.

mesh

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5. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

The SS222 is hard to beat.

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6. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

I would head for Poggibonsi and then towards Castellina in Chianti where you could make a stop. Miss out Monteriggioni and head on the SS222 for Siena. This is very scenic particularly the stretch uphill from the outskirts of Poggibonsi towards Castellina. Alternatively, if you are to visit San G and Volterra this is nice way to head back to Siena after a day out. To see the city from the top of the hill is quite magical especially near sunset when everything turns pink.

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7. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

Thanks Peggy & Jaybee.

Jaybee, regarding the scenic stretch from Poggibonsi towards Castellina: is this on SS429 or SP130?

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8. Re: CT > Lucca > Siena: Driving Route Suggestions?

Sorry - should have clarified. It would be on the ss429.

Poggibonsi has a slightly awkward one-way system but once you have reached the outskirts it is so worth it. Traffic is usually light on the 429. You will pass the Melini winery around 6km after Poggibonsi on your right, and just beyond this is a wide road junction on the left which leads to a property we have rented.

It is okay to stop here as it is a good photo opportunity, the first of many on this road. I think you will love Lucca and wish you could spend more than a few hours there. It is an enchanting little city. Happy holiday.

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