September 9, 2011, 08:23 PM
Thanks Lourdes..will have a look.
September 24, 2011, 02:26 PM
OK finally all done.
We are staying 4nights in Florence in place called "Florence Old Bridge" and use the train to see Lucca & Pisa. Pick up the car on the fifth day and drive to Castellina in Chianti for 4 nights to explorer the Chianti region & Sienna and will be staying at "Hotel Colle Etrusco Salivolpi". On the 9th day we drive to San Quirico in Val d'Orcia and will be staying at "Hotel Il Rigo" for 3nights after which we head for Rome for the last 3days our our journey.
With just a few weeks to go we are terribly excited and want to thank Elena & Lourdes for all their time and valuable insights.
We will be back by the end of Oct and will definitely post an update to share how the trip was...thanks all.
September 24, 2011, 05:57 PM
Sounds like a wonderful itinerary, we're very glad we could help you define it! We are sure you'll have lots of fun and enjoy every place you see. Can imagine the excitement as departure gets closer, make sure to pack clothes to dress in layers as it will be a time when days will be nice but evenings cool, some showers always possible. Will love to hear how everything goes! Have a great flight over
September 27, 2011, 03:38 AM
Good luck on your trip....
September 27, 2011, 10:37 PM
We were in Tuscany last Sept and loved it. What we did was just make one location our base a drive to day trips from there. We stayed in Castellina in Chianti, very centrally located and drove to Pisa, Siena and Florence during our stay. It was easy and enjoyable for someone like me who enjoys driving. We are going back next June and planning to do the same thing including staying in the same farmhouse we rented last year. You can also head out from there for short drives to towns like Greve, one of our favorites. If interested we stayed at the farmhouse Poggetto.
October 6, 2011, 12:12 AM
Originally Posted by pearlpacifican
October 6, 2011, 12:19 AM
We did think about about setting up a base in one area but this is the first time we are renting & driving around this much. We thought we'd keep it easy by not driving too much every day and try to take some time to walk around a bit as well, lets see how this works out.
Originally Posted by JMFell
Thanks for the tip on the farmhouse, am sure we will be back in Tuscany sometime soon and could consider this option.
October 11, 2011, 11:13 PM
Nearly done with the Florence bit of our journey and we leave for Chianti tomorrow morning. Wow the 4 days in Florence does go by soon but we are excited about our drive tomorrow as well so it's kinda OK. The decision to do Pisa & Lucca by train was great and worked out well and was definitely worth it, Pisa really took our breath away it was just so beautiful and should not be missed if you can spare half a day.
October 11, 2011, 11:26 PM
Each place is different so I am sure you'll enjoy also Chianti, Siena and the Val d'Orcia once you head down there So glad you enjoyed Pisa, we always recommend spending time there, even more than just a half day to better enjoy the atmosphere of what is today basically a small college town. Plus we're having really great weather so I'm sure it must be very nice being out and about right now! We'll be off near Cortona this weekend ourselves, cycling along the Sentiero della Bonifica
Have a good drive down to Castellina tomorrow - and enjoy yourselves!
October 28, 2011, 02:32 PM
Back home sadly after our wonderful trip. Everything worked out really well and the idea of picking the car after we finished with Florence was a great idea. We spent a week driving through Chianti and Val d'Orcia it was the best way to enjoy this wonderful place. Driving is really easy and the places are very close to each other so it doesn't take long, we even drove to Assisi which took us only 2hrs at a leisurely pace. We used a GPS for all the driving which is a really good idea so you don't have to hunch over a map the whole time and this allows you to enjoy the drive.
We truly loved this holiday and hope we get a chance to do this again.
Thanks to all once again for all the help....cheers !