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Rome to Montepulciano

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Rome to Montepulciano

We are planning a trip to Italy September 2008, would like to go to Montepulciano, how do we get there from Rome, if we chose not to rent a car in Italy? Do the majority of people rent cars to tour Tuscany?

Thanks,CK

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1. Re: Rome to Montepulciano

Southparkla,

You could take a train to Chiusi then bus or taxi to Montepulciano but then what do you do? Pienza, San Quirco, Montalcino have no train stations. There are buses but they are not geared to tourists.

For this area which is lovely, a car is best.

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2. Re: Rome to Montepulciano

You can try the Slowtravel.com website for options of touring Tuscany sans car.

If time is not an issue there are buses that traverse the region. Do a Google search for SITA, they are the regional bus service.

That said having a car is the best way to get from A to B. Rome to Montepulciano is Just about two hours. If want to take your time there are half a dozen stops in between.

Good luck.

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3. Re: Rome to Montepulciano

Hi there - we are doing the drive from to Rome to Montepulciano. What "stops" do you recommend on the way? Thanks so much! Anne

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4. Re: Rome to Montepulciano

There's no problem using the buses to get between towns in Tuscany. My husband and I drove to Montalcino (near Montepulciano) and even though we had our own car, we used the bus to visit Siena, just to get a break from driving and not have to park the car there. The bus system was no problem at all.

Pienza is on the bus line from Montepulciano to Siena; it's the first stop going towards Siena. Someone reported on this forum that they walked to Pienza from Montepulciano and took the bus back; they said it was a pleasant walk.

You can also visit Montalcino by changing buses at Buonconvento. And of course, you can visit Siena.

The main problem with not having a car is that it's pretty much one town a day when you're using the bus, whereas with a car, you can visit multiple towns in a day and stop whenever you feel like it. However, if you don't want to drive, it's perfectly reasonable to get around by bus.

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5. Re: Rome to Montepulciano

My Easter houseguests were forced to put the local buses to the test this week and were not impressed. Admitedly, the weather should be better in September and you won't have to wait by the road in a blizzard two consecutive mornings! But if you are coming all this way and your precious vacation time is limited, I would personally suggest you hired a car, it gives you so much more freedom and flexibility. You could do this easily at Chiusi, taking the train up from Termini and thereby cutting out the race up the autostrada. Hertz is immediately opposite the station, Europcar just around the corner. From here it's just a 15 min drive to Montepulciano.

Montepulciano/Pienza is a very nice walk indeed, do it often. There are two quite well marked paths thereby avoiding the need to walk along the road, which is often quite busy.

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