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Thread: 10 -14 days alone in Tuscany, rental car or train? Staying in two cities or moving?

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    Cool 10 -14 days alone in Tuscany, rental car or train? Staying in two cities or moving?

    Hi! I´m travelling to Tuscany from Milán (my flight lands on Milán) on August by myself and I´m having trouble deciding two things:

    - First, if to rent a car or move around by train, I´m a new driver so I don´t feel completely comfortable driving but I want to have the best experience possible! this trip has been my dream for years! And if the best option is train, should I buy tickets just in the moment? A friend of mine mentioned a train pass, that I would save a lot of money buying it, is that true?

    - Then, should I stay in Florence and another city in the south and use them as base and do daily trips? Or stay in different towns? I love wine and food, and nature, vineyards, like I said, I've been dreaming about all that tuscany landscapes since years ago.

    - Oh! and last thing, is there any relaxing paradisiac type beach nearby? At first I was thinking on maybe travelling the last few days to Sardinia to end up with a relaxing beach experience but maybe there are some nice beaches to recommend in Tuscany.

    I would be so greatful for any recommendation/advice!!

    Thanks!!

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    Default on your own with a car

    Buongiorno,

    Not only as a first time drive - but also costs, I would suggest taking the train. It is easy to use and gives you the opportunity to meet new people (Italian and non-Italian).

    If you use the train, then Florence is probably your best base because it will give you lots of different opportunities to travel (using both train and bus). Have a look at this place to stay, they have a one room flat in the city center - close to the trains and buses and some neat views: http://www.visitflorence.com/florenc...residence.html

    With the money you save using the train (and not a rental car) you can invest it in a couple of fun organized tours which will allow you to visit Florence more in depth...have a look at this article where we highlight some of our first choice tours: http://www.discovertuscany.com/tuscany-tours/

    Buon Viaggio,
    Donna Denise

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    You could divide up your 2 weeks into 2 and stay in Florence for the first one, then take a train + ferry to Elba (during the summer there are buses that make it easy to move around without a car around the island). That way you get the best of both dreams you are having for your stay!

    Just make sure to book as soon as you can, since it is high season and a lot of places get booked up fast!
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    Default Train pass?

    Thank you both!

    And about the train pass? worth it? It's the typical Italy train pass or there's a special one for the region?

    Thanks!

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    Skip the pass and just do leg to leg travel, it generally costs less. Most of those train passes are not offered directly bu Trenitalia so have markups in cost and limit you to types of trains. You can buy tickets the day of travel or the day before, if you want to take a faster train you do need to have a seat reserved but for solo travelers it generally is not a problem to find a seat open somewhere on any train!
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    Hey again! Another question.. I hadn't think about Elba, but now that you mentioned it I googled a bit and it's so beautiful, but I don't get what can you do there.. Maybe 2 nights would be better in there? or there are some nice "italian" or "mediterranean"things to do in ther? Also, some friends mentioned Cinque Terre.. what do you think is more worth it to see, Cinque Terre or Elba?

    Thanks!!

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    Default An island in Tuscany

    Buongiorno,

    Elba is definitely spectacular! I have been there a couple of times on holidays and I especially loved the SCUBA diving in the crystal clear waters. Have a read here for some ideas of what you can look forward to on the island.

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/elba/

    As for places to stay there are quite a few, with great views or direct beach access:
    https://www.discovertuscany.com/elba/hotel-ilio.html
    http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/...ia-scuola.html
    http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/...ia-scuola.html

    Buon Viaggio,
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    In August, I would choose Elba over CT!

    You can get there from Florence by taking train or bus to Piombino - http://www.tiemmespa.it/index.php/Vi...a-prenotazione

    from there catch the ferry to Elba!
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    Default Just 7 days based on florence or maybe staying a couple of nights somewhere else?

    Hi again! Thank you so much for your help! I've been talking to some friends and I've been told since I´m starting from Milan I should just skip Milan and visit Verona and Venice before heading to Tuscany.. so I was thinking maybe just 1 week in Tuscany and then 3 nights in Elba to comeback the last night in MIlán to go shopping before my flight back at midnight..

    So, my question.. you would still recommend using Florence as a base for the 6-7 nights? or maybe using Florence for the first 3 or 4 nights and then 2-3 nights somewhere else like Siena? Also, Chianti is doable without a car?

    I've been recommended by almost everyone to have a plan but only book the first 1 or 2 nights and then just "go with the flow" so I can change my mind and decide to spend one less night or one more night whenever I am.. For example maybe with just 1 night in Venice I´m ready to head to Tuscany and maybe I want 2.. etc.. What do you think about that? I´m willing to pay a bit more for the chance to "go with the flow" but I don´t have unlimited budget..

    Thanks!!

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    Default go with the flow

    Buongiorno,

    I too like to travel and “go with the flow”...but if I am travelling in high season, I also really like to know I have a sure thing for a place to sleep...so it is really your call.

    Chianti is not really that practical without a car - as an alternative you look into doing it with an organized tour. You can look at one of the classical tours, or you could check out a bike & wine tour. I did one just recently with Lourdes and we had a great time and finished in Siena - with enough time to walk around and check out the city. (see the article.)

    Buon Viaggio,
    Donna Denise

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