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Driving from Siena, Lucca and Pisa in one day?

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Driving from Siena, Lucca and Pisa in one day?

My husband and I are in Florence for the start of our italy honeymoon. We leave tomorrow for Siena and are trying to finalize our itinerary. We are renting a car and will have 2 free days to see smaller towns. If we pick up the car early on one of these mornings, is it too much to then drive to see Lucca and Pisa? On the second day, we were going to drive to Montepuciano and Pienza. Do these plans seem reasonable (particularly Lucca and Pisa)? What would you recommend seeing in these towns, particularly Pisa?

Thank you so much!

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1. Re: Driving from Siena, Lucca and Pisa in one day?

A few tips on driving in Italy and especially the ZTLs.

www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/ItalyDrive.htm

http://www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/ZTL.htm

Pisa is notorious, as is Florence, so be careful.

Most people just want to see the Field of Miracles in Pisa (leaning tower, duomo, baptistry, cemetery)

https://secure.comune.pisa.it/tzi/info.jsp click on each colour to see the map of the areas where you must not drive.

Lucca is a wonderful city with days of things to see. Don't miss the duomo (cathedral) and if you are into museums, the museum of the duomo. Then you can climb a tower with trees on the top, walk on the broad walls, visit the old Roman theatre area and eat in a cafe on the main street. Again you will need to park outside the walls.

Pienza is small and lovely. Park outside and just wander. Nearby is the iconic Tuscan Capella di Vitaletta which you can see from the road towards San Quirico.

http://www.nickbooth.id.au/Europe09/Monte.htm

If you go to Montalcino you can also visit the abbey of San Antimo nearby. At the right times you can hear the monks chant the prayers. The monastery church is beautiful.

If you have time, detour via Monteriggione, a perfect little crown of walls on top of a hill, mentioned in Dante. We sometimes stop and have lunch in the square.

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2. Re: Driving from Siena, Lucca and Pisa in one day?

Thank you for the advice!

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