August 19, 2015, 11:34 AM
A good base for visiting Tuscany for 7 days
My husband and I plan to visit Tuscany for a week in July 2016. We would like to visit Florence, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, etc. We want to stay in one place and hire a car. Would you suggest Sienna or San Gimignano as our base for this or even a different town? We will be coming from Rome and flying out from Pisa.
August 19, 2015, 11:47 AM
Sounds like a great plan - Siena is great but the hard part there is finding a place that offers parking and is not within the ZTL. I also highly suggest the countryside around San Gimignano, which would make you a bit more central to go to Pisa and Lucca.
Take a look at the farmhouses nearby here: http://www.discovertuscany.com/san-g...accommodation/
August 19, 2015, 11:48 AM
Forgot to add - have you seen this suggested itinerary?
August 20, 2015, 10:51 AM
Where to stay
Where you stay might also depend on what you might want to be visiting - for example if you are looking to visit more of the southern part of Tuscany (like Val d'Orcia, Creti Senese, Arezzo & Cortona and even Chianti) then Siena is a great area to look for accommodations because it will keep you in the general area and make day trips less km to drive. This area is more countryside, small hamlets (great wine) and scenic vistas though you will find lots of history, culture and delicious food as well.
However if you are more into visiting the museums, cities and "hot spots" of Tuscany then closer to San Gimignano and Montespertoli will probably be more comfortable for your driving. You might want to look for a place more in the countryside because I find that the summer evenings under the Tuscan stars are gorgeous!
August 21, 2015, 09:53 AM
Thank you both for the valuable information.