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How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

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How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

Hello-

Planning early for our 07' family vacation. We will most likely arrive in Rome, spend a few days there, rent a car and drive to Montepulicano.

Can you please tell me how long of a drive this is????

Many thanks!

Jennifer

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1. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

According to my Road Atlas it is around 140 kilometres along the A1 Autostrada from the Roma Nord entrance to the Montepulciano exit. You should do it comfortably (not allowing for stops en route) in under 2 hours.

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Thank you Robert!!!

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3. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

Just returned from Montepulciano. We rented a car in Rome as well and thought I would list a few tips. We rented through Autoeurope on line and everything went very smoothly, however, it is well worth the extra 30 euro or so to pick up and drop off at the airport in Rome. Although driving in Rome itself can be very stimulating, it is not my idea of fun on a Saturday afternoon after 2 weeks of intense sightseeing. Apparently it is common practice to close roads indiscriminately, if only to annoy the crazy tourists. We spent easily 2 hours driving around in circles trying to get to the Villa Borghese parking garage. Finally we had to leave Rome and come in again from a different direction!

Anyway, it took us about 1-1/2 hours to reach Montepulciano on the A1 and driving in the Tuscan countryside is much less stressful! If you are looking for a place to stay check out Sant'Antonio, a lovely agriturismo that is very peaceful and private and just outside town.

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4. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

Thank you Agussack-

We are intenting on staying at Sant' Antonio, can you tell more about the lodging there???

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5. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

Just got back yesterday after 2 nights Venice,3 nights Tuscany and 3 nights Rome.

Concur in 1.5 hours approx for your journey.

If it helps,our last night in Tuscany was spent in San Quirico d'Orcia - can't believe anyone wouldn't fall in love with this village,not very far from Montpulciano (with Pienza in between).We stayed one night at Hotel Casanova on the edge of San Quirico - it's one of these modern built 'wellness' type hotels.The rooms are spacious (with their own kitchenette if you wanted to self cater),own smallish terrace per room,indoor and outdoor pools,own parking,spacious central lounge areas/bar and very clean throughout - with all the usual pampering massage type services common to these types of hotels.They also have their own separate restaurent right next door - it was good,but we've found better.In the height of the summer months,I'd imagine this place to be a highly commendable retreat.See http://www.residencecasanova.it/

We stumbled on it quite by accident.For a double room and breakfast last week,it was 120 Euros per night.

If there is a drawback,the view towards the Val d'Orcia overlooks some nearby industrial type units.

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6. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

Mizzoujen-

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you, I am still not exactly caught up since we've been back in the States!

Sant'Antonio is very quiet and private-feeling, even though it is so close to Montepulciano. We stayed in the small detached apartment called Signorelli. It is 1 bedroom, 1 bath with shower, kitchenette and fireplace. It was perfect for our needs. Although, before we left we were told that the weather is usually very nice in March, our March was very cold, windy and sometimes rainy. We used the fireplace every night and the fans helped it to heat the whole apartment. We would put another log on at some point during the night and usually the central heat would kick on in the morning. Anyway, we didn't have to use the central heating very much.

Here is Nico's description of the apartment in his email to me:

"A typical Tuscan cottage uniquely placed on the higher part of the 800 year

old ex Franciscan monastery. Surrounded by lawns, beds of lavender, bay

leave hedges and rosemary bushes, the cottage is made out of Tuscan

travertine stones, terra cotta bricks and tiles.

The cottage is "open plan" with a large lounge, well furnished with a

Biodynamic fireplace that heats the whole apartment, satellite TV for you to

be kept up to date with international events, sport and the stock exchange,

a dining area furnished with a dark wooden dining table & chairs made from

Cypress wood.

The kitchen area, is made of dark pine wooden shelves and draws.

The bedroom, with original 18th century furniture has a double bed with an

orthopaedic mattress, Egyptian cotton bed and bath linen and the bathroom

consists of a toilet, bidet, sink and shower.

The decor in the cottage is simple Tuscan style, spacious and out doors is a

private area furnished to dine al fresco or to enjoy having morning

breakfast in the sun. The cottage also has its own barbeque build out of

terra cotta bricks for outdoor grills.

The cottage is totally detached and therefore private with wonderful views

of the rolling hills and our farm land."

What we found when we arrived was this and even more (except for the breakfast in the sun part!) The barbeque is awsome and features a pizza oven complete with paddle! The grounds are beautiful and scenic, you are surrounding by olive groves. We felt like we were the only guests there. Nico is very accomodating and will make your stay that much more enjoyable. He is there to help and loves to give recommendations about what to do, where to eat, etc.

Montepulciano is lovely and we very much enjoyed going into town and having cafe and cornettos for breakfast, unfortunately I spent some time at the Farmacia owned by Nico's aunt and we really enjoyed the market on Thursday morning with vendors selling fresh produce, meats and cheeses, in addition to regular flea market type stuff.

There are so many other small towns and things to see close by, making it the perfect base for southern Tuscany. The Abbazia di Sant'Antimo just south of Montalcino is beautiful. They are doing some renovations now, but hopefully by next year they will be finished. The monks do Gregorian chants daily.

We also made it to Cortona, San Gimignano, Sienna and Florence. We are ready to go back and see all the places we missed this time!

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7. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

Thank you so, so much for the fantastic information. We just booked with Nico this very morning for next June 07...

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8. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

Can you book to stay at Sant Antonio for just a couple of nights (or is it weekly). Looks beautiful. The car rental tip is also interesting. Love these forums. LS

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9. Re: How long by car from Rome to Montepulicano???

During off season Sant'Antonio accepts reservations for less than 1 week, but high season is Sat to Sat just like all the other places.