Itinerary help, Stresa to Rome in 3 days
So much great information on this forum! Thank you.
I can see that I do not have nearly enough time for this leg of our first trip to Europe, but I hope to see a little bit of several places...then maybe we'll be able to return some day.
We will depart Stresa Sept 30 and I have a reservation in Rome October 2. We will travel by train, mostly, but are willing to take a bus or possibly a guided tour.
I had thought we might take the 30th to travel to the Cinque Terre for a night, then travel to San Gimignano for a glimpse, and on to Siena or Orvieto on Oct. 1. On Oct. 2, we could explore a bit that morning and head to Rome, or we could depart and stop to explore somewhere along the route. Is this feasible? Is there a better plan, considering the time we have? Should I skip the Cinque Terre at this time of year and spend our time in Tuscany and Umbria? Would it be possible to travel through the 5T, maybe making 1 or 2 stops, and then reach San Gimignano to spend the night?
I see that there are many tours from Siena. I wonder if we might be better off to travel from Stresa to Siena on the 30th, then take a day tour on the 1st (San Gimignano, Volterra, or ???) Then proceed on the 2nd. On the map, it looks like we could fairly easily take the train to Poggibonsi, the bus to San G, then back to Poggibonsi and on to Siena.
Orvieto looks beautiful. Another thought I had was to travel from Siena on the 2nd...it appears that there is a train down the coast to Rome...(not a Tuscany question, I know, but maybe you can advise)...if we took that route, could we possibly visit Ostia Antica before going in to Rome?
I found a pretty good rate for the Hotel Garden in Siena. It appears to be away from the City Center, but says it is an easy bus trip. Would appreciate clean, budget friendly lodging suggestions convenient to sightseeing and train stations, (hopefully someplace with "character") in whichever locations you recommend.
Thank you for your suggestions. :confused: