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hi, is it better to rent a car in florence(the traffic bad getting out of the city) . Where is a central location to stay for 6 days in the wine area.

Want to go out each day to a different area wine Estate. Can you give me a list of wineries that are nice. I was looking in to Banfi Estate hotel,but think that is to far away. We will be going to the cinque terre.

Is Santa Margherita a good central location.We will be there in Oct.beginning .Do the boats run each day at that time of year.

Also, will be going back to florence to fly home.What'e the best, to drive back or take the train,have to stop in Pisa a 3hour trip by train.If they are running.

Should we plan our vacation the opposite way .Going back into florence from the wine country? any help will be greatly appreciated.

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I am confused. If you are touring Tuscany, why stay in Liguria? I do realize it is an easy commute to the Cinque Terre, but why not stay in Tuscany and visit the CT for the day.

An easy commute out of Florence would be a car rental at the airport. You would not have to drive in the city. Many concerns there! Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Siena area or Lucca are good options.

There are vineyards everywhere. Chianti Vino Nobilo ,Soave, Tignanello, Bruello & Vin Santo and many others. Near Radda, is Volpaia. This quaint village produces both wines and olive oil, as many do.

I suggest researching Tuscan wine maps on the internet and finding a map that you can follow.

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thank you. We are staying in the wine area for 6 days.i need a central area to stay. we plan on going out each day to see the different towns and wine estates. After 6 days we leave, stopping in Pisa than on to ( I'm thinking Santa Margherita) as a central point (for 6days) to take days trips from.What do you think?

I can tell, you think getting out of Florence is not good. But we will be in Florence first, for 3 nights, 4days(is that enough time ?) Do not want to go back to the airport for a car. My question is what is a better way of getting into Tuscany country? thank you for all your help.

Which wineries did you like, and can you give me a good web site to look them up.How many can we see in a day in a certin area?

Also, a stop in Siene has to be in those 6 days. Have any ideas where to stay. thanks

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lovefrance,

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

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Many, many, many tourists rent a car in Florence and leave the city without incident. There is lots of info on the web about how to do this, and the car rental office in Florence will help you with directions.

However, you really don't need a car in the Italian Riviera and it is a hassle to have one because parking is so limited. If you end up driving to Santa Margherta Ligure, you can drop off the car in neighboring Rapallo.

Edited: 6:30 pm, March 16, 2011
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When you say you're staying in the "wine area" it confuses me. Much of Tuscany is a "wine area." We like the Val d'Orcia; the area around Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, etc. Lots of wineries around there to visit for tours/tastings.

The first three are near Montalcino and you can arrange a visit by internet.

http://www.altesino.it/index.php

http://www.fattoriadeibarbi.it/

http://www.poggioantico.com/

These are further north

http://www.verrazzano.com/

http://www.castellodiquerceto.it/index.asp

http://www.roccadellemacie.com/en/index.php

http://www.ricasoli.it/

Enjoy

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Santa Margherita Ligure is not at all central if you want to visit the "tourist Tuscany" areas south of Florence: Siena, Montepulciano, etc. However, it is not a bad base for the eastern part of the Italian Riviera.

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I might suggest you find a travel agent/ trip planner that is good with Italy. Tell this agent what you want to do and experience and he/she can design your trip for you. Hotels, dining suggestions, sightseeing and etc. Day by day itinerary.

It takes research, reading and much time to do it right and this might me a good direction for you.

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Hi,

of course, wine is produced more or less everywhere in Italy, but I would say that in Tuscany there are 4 main "wine areas", corresponding to the main DOCG /DOC appelations:

- Chianti area, including several villages as Gaiole, Castellina and so on

- municipality of Montalcino (Brunello wine)

- municipality of Montepulciano (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)

- Bolgheri, on the coast near Livorno ( municipality of Castagneto Carducci)

If I understood correctly, you are thinking to use Pisa as a base, which is good for Bolgheri but not for Brunello, Chianti and Nobile. I think Siena is more centrally located for exploring the indicated wine areas .

There is huge number of high level wineries in Tuscany, I mention just a few of them in my area.

MONTEPULCIANO:

- Avignonesi

- Tenuta Valdipiatta

- Poliziano

- Poderi Boscarelli

A full list of the producers that are part of the Consortium , where you can find more information about wine tours: http://www.consorziovinonobile.it/Soci/ENG/

MONTALCINO

-Altesino

- Fanti Tenuta San Filippo

- Casanova di Neri

- Poggio Antico

Please consider that not all the 250 wineries who are part of the Consotium are available for wine tour. A complete list of wineries accepting visits:

consorziobrunellodimontalcino.it/en/producer…

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thank you for all the info. I can really use some help

. Do you know of a nice hotel south of Siena.I think that would be a good base to go out from each day. Thank you again. all your help is greatly appreiciated.I'm almost thinking of canceling out this vacation. looks like to much work.

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thanks for your help. these will be very helpful,once I find a base hotel.Now thinking outside Siena.Can you help in that area.

We can take the train or bus to Siena from florence and pick up a car. Do our day trips have 5 days.

then on to Pisa. Hoping a convienet drop off for car and pick up the train to Santa Margherita ( or any place someone else likes)Please help me in any way you can. i have to tonight to cancel out, on this trip. I have been on this computer day and night. Help