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    Default Fly drive from Rome to Tuscany?

    My wife and I are looking at spending a week in Tuscany in October, but the only direct flight is from Belfast arriving into Rome Flimicino airport at 19:30.

    We would to stay in a single location, a nice villa/apartment and use this as a base to drive and walk through the countryside.

    How far would it be feasible to drive into the Tuscany area on a Saturday evening with a late flight arrival?

    Any suggestions for picturesque countryside locations for walking and photography would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Gordon

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    Ciao Gordon and welcome to our forum!

    A drive from Rome north toward Tuscany takes you from 2 to 3 hours, depending on your destination in Tuscany.
    Even if you arrange for your hotel or your farmhouse owners to arrive that late at night, I would consider the need to make a certain time a stressful way to start off your vacation!! So I would suggest spending the first night in Rome and then drive up the following morning.

    Walking can be done everywhere in Tuscany - how much are you planning on doing and do you have a preference for difficulty? A perfect place for photography and walking would be both Chianti and the area of the Valdorcia, between San Quirico and Pienza and Montepulciano. If you stay closer to Siena, you'd be a bit more central to do both walks and day trips out to most everywhere during your week. Take a look at the places found in Chianti to get you started!
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    Ciao Lourdes thanks for the welcome,
    I haven't been back to post any earlier as I was booking the holiday, but having done so I would like to ask some questions.

    I took your advice and have booked 1 night in Rome picking up the car the next morning and have booked 2 nights at Bagno a Ripoli and 4 nights in Pienza.

    I would appreciate some advice on the options (price and convenience) for getting from Da Vinci (FCO) airport to the Eliseo hotel on Via di Porta Pinciana on Saturday evening circa 20:00hrs.

    My plan for our first day would be to drive out of Rome and travel up the coast to Pisa and then in towards our next accommodation. Would this be feasible for a full day trip? Can you recommend any places to visit, or stop for food along the way?

    With only 2 days in Northern Tuscany can you recommend a couple of good driving routes to see the best of the area? Also would there be walking paths through the countryside that you can get away from the roads and traffic?

    Finally are there any events or festivals on during the week 8 to 15 October that might be worth a visit?

    Really looking forward to the trip, as the weather is considerably warmer than it is here at present. Thanks in anticipation of your helpful comments, I do appreciate any advice you can give.

    Thanks
    Gordon

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    Ciao Gordon,

    Sounds like a good itinerary!

    From the Eliseo hotel website, this is the info they give on how to get to them from the airport (Da Vinci is also known as Fiumicino).

    from Fiumicino airport, located 35 Km far from Rome west side, you can get to the hotel:
    · by Special Train Leonardo Express
    The "Leonardo Express" train leaves every day from Fiumicino Airport station every 30 minutes and it stops at the Termini Railway Station without no mid-journey stops.
    · by Taxi
    Taxis are available in the arrivals areas of the terminals. The fare to the centre of Rome is about 45 Euro. It is highly recommended to take only the white licensed taxis.
    The Leonardo Express has cost of 14 euro per person. Check schedules on the Trenitalia website here.

    You definitely can do a day trip from Rome up to Pisa, spending half a day there and then proceeding to Bagno a Ripoli, which is right outside of Florence.
    I don't know Lazio very well so all I can recommend is for places to stop at on your drive up to Pisa once you're in Tuscany: I'd recommend a quick stop in Orbetello to get a view of the lagoon and then another in Castiglione della Pescaia. That way you get to see the Tuscan coast in what is known as the Maremma area.

    You never say whether you've already been to Florence. If you haven't then of course you need to spend at least a day here. If you've already been and want to skip entirely, I'd recommend heading into Chianti one day, the second heading toward San Gimignano and Volterra. In Chianti, take the Chiantigiana through Greve, Panzano to Castellina, then head back toward Panzano and take the road to Radda. All this are has beautiful views of vineyards, farmhouses, cypresses. You can also pull out of the main roads and take smaller unpaved ones to get better views as well. Around Radda there are beautiful wine estates, if you head to them you'll find many opportunities to stop for great landscapes. Take the road to Badia di Passignano near Greve or to Volpaia near Radda or Badia a Coltibuono near Gaiole. All great roads with good views, most of them with very little traffic. Even the main roads, being two lane roads, don't have that much traffic - unless you find a really slow car with a line of cars after them. Just stop, take some pics and let them get further ahead

    In this period, most small towns have food festivals called sagre but these are often only on the weekends. On your first stop in Chianti, likely in Greve, stop and ask at the local tourism office as they are the ones with the most information on local events taking place - many of these local sagre are not publicized online, only with posters having around town!

    Weather this weekend will get a bit cooler here as well but next week's still seems to be pretty good. We've had a really hot September and warm start to October this year. I love it!

    Have a great trip and loads of fun!
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