January 29, 2016, 01:44 PM
February 1, 2016, 09:35 AM
Rome - Orvieto and then ?
I have looked at the rental options - and it seems completely possible to collect your car at Orvieto and then drop off (my suggestion is Florence) without having extra fees.
If you train it to Orvieto, be sure to visit Orvieto - there is so much to see (il Pozzo di San Patrizio and the Underground tours)
You could easily drive to Assisi/Perugia (or if you are looking for a great little town I like Spello). Stay the night and then leisurely drive over to Tuscany, passing by Lago Trasimeno.
I would look into staying in the countryside between Lago Trasimeno and Siena - convenient, in a very rural setting - many times not as touristy as the more northen Chianti area. Have a look at Borgo Argenina or the self catering apartments at San Giovanni in Poggio. Both strive for a genunie Tuscany experience.
For your daily explorations, from this point I would add the towns of Cortona and Arezzo both are unique and a good visit.
February 2, 2016, 04:31 PM
Thank you Donna
Thank you for getting back to us and for the advice Donna, its very much appreciated.
We have a couple more questions we were hoping you could answer based on your feedback
- do you suggest Assisi/Perugia on the west side then?, rather than what we were considering (Civitella Paganico / Civitella Marittima / Volterra) which are all on the east side? I think we'd just like to know which is best for us as a young active couple who would love to go for local walks/ hikes in the countryside but also be close enough to visit the Val d'orcia area, hilltop towns and Siena etc.
- we did follow your link to San Giovanni in Poggio. Although lovely, we feel that this is a little too remote for us - we would like to go to a local restaurant and have a drink of wine without thinking we have to drive home also . Do you have any other suggestions at all?
- How is best to get to Siena - is it actually realistically fine to drive to and park outside the centre for a day or should we maybe think about staying the night in Siena instead?
- dropping the car off in Florence - where would you recommend we drop the car off exactly? Just out of interest why do you suggest Florence? I thought the general rule is NOT to drive into florence due to incredible amount of traffic and ZTL systems!? and I wouldn't want to drop the car off at the airport only to be going back to florence and/ or Siena Would it not be easier to drop the car somewhere in Siena? Stay the night there and then head to Florence and then the airport for our journey home?
Many thanks again
February 8, 2016, 10:47 AM
I wouldn't say one is better over the other - however, for your traveling I think Assisi would have you maximizing your road time thus the time you spend enjoying the stops along the way.
As for a place where you can walk to a reastaurant, you can have a look at this list:
The first place Hotel Athena, is a nice option - close enough to walk but a bit set outside of the city of Siena. I would definitely suggest it as a solid option: park the car and then enjoy Siena.
Or you could look at these two places which will take you a bit outsdie of Siena in the countryside to the north, very picturesque and with a restaurant. It is not a bad drive and parking is not as confusing as the bigger cities so you could potentially enjoy staying a bit outside and driving in:
I know people suggest not driving in Florence, and I would too if you were just driving to move from one side to the other of the city - but a nice liesurely trip from Siena to Florence (passing thru Monteriggioni or Chianti) is defintiely worth keeping the car.
If you are worried about navigating the streets of Florence - then by all means drop it at the airport (actually the drop off is close to the airport and you take a shuttle bus to the airport where you can catch the bus or a taxi to the city center). But check with the car rental place, a drop off in the city center (as long as you avoid rush hours) should be pretty painless. :-P