July 16, 2014, 05:40 PM
July 17, 2014, 08:28 AM
Taxis in Italy
Just a quick note about using taxis in Italy - especially the smaller towns. They are not like the TV images of NYC...its not always easy to find them "hanging out" or flag one down which is bee bopping around from place to place. There are taxi stands, however in the smaller towns they will not be there at all times of the day. You should make a note of the phone number for the taxi office in the area you are staying and keep it with you so you can call and either make a reservation so it is there waiting for you or call when you get in (especially if you are arriving at late or super early hours).
July 21, 2014, 08:23 AM
We will likely have a week to tour Florence and Tuscany region. ... Since we want some days for hiking and cycling maybe a car is either necessary for 2-3 days or not at all.
July 23, 2014, 07:01 PM
I have to be honest and say that Poggibonsi is great as far as a hub for traveling around but it isn't very well-known for being an attraction on its own.
It is quite modern, the historical center is quite small... so you'll definitely be using it as a base as you travel around. In that sense, it will be great.
You either have to stay in the center to be close to the train station... or past the urban sprawl that surrounds the town which has become quite industrial/commercial in nature to get to the beautiful Tuscan countryside beyond. Head either in the direction of San Gimignano or Castellina for the best views .
Having said that, these are the bus lines that work within Poggibonsi (called urbani):
the second link at the bottom is a map of the lines, a conceptual map more than an actual map but might help when viewing possible places out in the countryside.
You know what would be a better base? San Gimignano!
There are lots of buses that go from there to Poggibonsi, and then from there you can move on to other areas... there are "agriturimo" within walking distance out of San Gimignano as well and you can do walks around that area. We ourselves did a walk recently on a "white road" just outside of town and there were lots of lodging choices along that road. I've started mapping out the route which you should be able to see here: https://goo.gl/maps/rnPiz
and eventually will add it to the site Check out the accommodations here: http://www.discovertuscany.com/san-g...accommodation/
the Torre Palagetto and La Lucciolaia are outside and within "walking" distance, if you like to walk... the Torre is closer but not on my map as it is right below SG past the first parking lot (which I consider easy walk into town)... the Lucciolaia is on the red line on the map so it is farther away. If you zoom in on the map, there are others that start coming up.
In any case, wherever you consider staying - ask the owners directly for info on moving around. Clearly having your own car in the area would be ideal but it is also possible to do it with buses - just plan for it to take longer, and to see a little less than you would like. Last 2 nights in Florence are a must, for sure!