October 7, 2015, 12:59 AM
October 7, 2015, 12:23 PM
Your itinerary in Tuscany
Great itinerary! You will love Tuscany!
Personally I think it is better to have a base in the countryside around Siena, you'll be closer to everything.
Day 1: Do not skip Pisa or Lucca (both towns are very beautiful!)
Day 2: Probably Siena will need one entire day - it is a wonderful town that offers a lot!
Day 3: Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and, if you have time, here you could add Volterra!
Day 4: "Val d'Orcia" with Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni and Pienza (and you could add a wine-tasting)
Day 5: For your bike tour you could choose the "Val di Merse" - very panoramic, tuscan area with a lot of antique churches (f.ex. the abbey "Abbazia di San Galgano" with sword in the stone) and castels.
Day 6: Chianti (Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti - plus wine-tasting)
Day 7: Cortona and Val di Chiana Outlet
Day 8: Choose one of the famous spas in Tuscany (they are in Rapolano Terme, Bagni di Petriolo, Bagni San Filippo ...
Day 9 and 10: Florence
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Have a great holiday!
October 7, 2015, 04:03 PM
Sounds like your itinerary is shaping together perfectly.
As for bike tours, have a look at this link for some organized ideas, you might even want to look into getting a Vespa (small motor bike) that would be a fun way to explore the countryside!!
Another idea is looking into a cooking class, that is a fun way to enjoy the culture, the food and the people. Check here for some ideas: http://www.discovertuscany.com/tuscany-cooking-classes/
October 7, 2015, 09:57 PM
Thank you Pro Loco Sovicille and Dona for great tips! I am already in love with Tuscany! Can't wait!
We arrive only at 14.30 on Day 1, so I guess can't make both Pisa and Lucca. What would you recommend?
Is there a way to rent a bike only in Val di Merse without a biking tour? Any bike companies/websites you could advise?
Thank you so much!!!
October 7, 2015, 10:08 PM
Forgot to ask: do you have any farmhouses/ B&Bs in the countryside at a reasonable price you would recommend? Thank you!
October 8, 2015, 08:13 AM
Where to go first?
I am saying this just because of the time situation - if you have never seen the leaning tower of Pisa then do that ... however if you have already seen the town then I would head directly to your accommodations. You really won't have enough time to enjoy Lucca (unless you stay the night there)
As per accommodations if you are looking to stay near San Gimignano (or that general area for two nights): http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/san-gimignano/
personal favorites: Villa Alba (close to the city can really enjoy S.G.) or Giovanna Vacanze (more in the countryside great views and hospitality)
October 9, 2015, 05:44 PM
Bike rental in Val di Merse
You could rent your bike in Rosia (little village part of the Val di Merse)
Via Massetana 193
to give you an idea of the itineraries you could do by bike, visit www.prolocosovicille.it (section intineraries)