May 31, 2013, 01:04 PM
stay along the train route
I would say your best bet is to start your search by looking for accommodation in specific towns along the train route that goes down from Empoli to Siena... the most beautiful towns that come to mind are Certaldo, Staggia Senese and Monteriggioni.... now Monteriggioni is a castle and there surely is a bakery and restaurants but it is on a hill and the train station closest is in Castellina Scalo (about 2.5km o 1.5miles away) so rather than stay within the castle walls you could stay somewhere in the countryside between the two. If you stay in Staggia or in Certaldo, you won't have problems are they both have the station in town, restaurants, coffee bars and bakeries.
Start your search here since you can search by town!
If you need any other suggestions, let me know ;-)
July 13, 2013, 10:08 PM
Re: Travel by train around Tuscany
Hi there !!
So glad I discovered this site, very useful.
Next september I'm going with my husband on a 4-day honeymoon to Tuscany. Our plain will land in Bologna but we want to go to Firenze and other spots, on the coast too. very few time and we want to travel by train.
Can you please help us with some information about the most beautiful spots we can see in just 4 days ? And please give us some info about nice, clean and cheap places to stay in Firenze...not very expensive.
thank you and I'll wait for your reply
Last edited by Paula R; July 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM.
July 15, 2013, 02:38 PM
Ciao Paula! Glad you found us and are finding the site and forum useful!
As far as traveling around the region - from Bologna, you can catch a pretty fast train to Florence without problems. Is this your first time to Florence? Then I'd recommend spending at least 2 days here to really see what Florence has to offer - you won't be able to see everything, but at least cover the main sights in this beautiful Renaissance city. See this suggest itinerary: http://www.visitflorence.com/itinera...-florence.html
If you're traveling just with public transportation, then you can easily get to the coast passing through Pisa.
You can head to the Versilia area so basically to Viareggio, Camaiore or Pietrasanta - all of that area has nice sandy beaches.
Or to Tirrenia or along the train route down the coast south, all the way to Castiglioncello. There are many choices: the essential part here to remember is you have limited time!!
4 days isn't a lot, so the best choice will be to head to the area where you can get to the quickest so you don't waste too much time moving around. What direction are you heading to after the 4 days? back to Bologna or south to Rome?
I suggest 2 days in Florence, then heading to Viareggio (since you can do it by train) and then back to Florence if you have to head back to Bologna.
If you're heading south to Rome after the 4 days, then you don't need to head back to Florence... I'd suggest getting back on the train and heading south along the coast. If you go to Orbetello, you can spend a day on the coast there in this area of Tuscany called Maremma - beautiful! If you had more time.... I'd suggest Elba but for that you really do need more time and your own car would also be nice!
July 17, 2013, 03:04 PM
Re: Travel by train around Tuscany
Ciao Lourdes !!
Thank you so much for your help !! I'll arrive in Bologna on september 18th and catch the train to Florence on that same day. On the 21st I'll have to get back in Bologna to see the city and catch the plane back to Portugal on the next day.
It's very few time but I hope to get back soon with more time
Now I'll see your suggestions and take advantage of them the best i can !!
Thank you ))
July 18, 2013, 12:32 PM
You're welcome! Yep, 2.5 days not enough time but you can get a taste and then plan another trip to come back longer!
As far as the coast, I'd definitely think Viareggio or any of the coastal towns right next to it (Lido di Camaiore, Marina di Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi) would be easiest to get to - they are all on the train line. Check timetables on www.trenitalia.com
July 28, 2014, 07:17 AM
Thank you, for making my trip easier ......... I had a nice experience by car.
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August 9, 2014, 12:28 PM
Hi everybody, i am new here, but as Becca, i will also be in Tuscany, Firenze, 2.-10.October. Eager to learn about the possibilities, and this thread seems so useful.
Can I ask you which places around Firenze would you recommend me to visit if i have alotted this quantity of time and not more ? I thought about Elba, San Gimignano,Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, Siena, Asissi, trip to countryside somewhere, to the coast to enjoy also see as we dont have sea where i live O
I know I cant see all in so few day and I have never been to Firenze before so I need lots of time for this too?
Any suggestions as to what choose to see as much as possible in the time I can spend in Tuscany.
thank a lot for all of your suggestions.
I would also like to ask you how far and easy it is to get in Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano from the train station to the historical centre? Walking not very far, or is there a frequently going bus perhaps??
p.s. i don´t drive and won´t be able to use a car. need info about public transport only.
Last edited by HanaN.; August 9, 2014 at 04:51 PM.
October 9, 2014, 04:56 PM
Seems we missed your questions in time to be of much help, so sorry about that!
You're here right now so hope you are enjoying your time in Florence and Tuscany - and not doing everything you had planned as there won't be enough days ;-).
As far as day trips and distance from center - all buses/trains practically always take you right into the town or close by, so that they can be reached really easily by foot. This is the case for San Gimignano and Siena (by bus) and Pisa and Lucca (by train).
March 27, 2015, 02:59 PM
Train Travel in Florence
I am traveling with my family (4 of us) to Florence for 2 weeks from 2nd August to 15th August 2015. My daughter is attending the Scuola di Danza Hamlyn Ballet School at Via Maggio, 7, 50125, Firenze for the 2 weeks.
Ideally, we would like to stay outside Florence and travel into Florence city center to drop her off and collect her each day. Can you recommend an area to stay in which is not too much of a daily commute, has an easy and not too expensive train journey.
Many thanks in advance for any help you can give us.
April 5, 2015, 12:17 AM
Western Tuscany by Train and Bus Overview
Great that you are motivated to travel by train, and there are many places you can go, combined with buses from the station into town, e.g. Siena, but some parts of Tuscany are unreachable unless you have a car or are prepared to take long bus rides.
Train service in Italy is generally very good, and very inexpensive. I see others have given you links to trenitalia etc... Just keep an ear out for sporadic strikes so you can make alternative plans. Strikes only tend to last a day at a time so they won't ruin your whole itinerary.
The main train line through tourist Tuscany runs in a southwestern curve from Florence to Siena stopping at many small towns on the way, some that are well worth visiting.
Heading first west from Florence, Montelupo Fiorentino has a big ceramics tradition and has a lovely church on a very high rock.
The next main stop and interchange is Empoli, where you can get buses to Vinci, Leonardo's birthplace.
Trains from Empoli either continue west to Pisa and Livorno (a lovely naval city with seaside and canal walks, with lots of pretty barges and boats and seagulls!), or head south to Siena. You have to make sure you know where your train is headed when you get on at Florence, so if need be you can change at Empoli.
Heading south, Certaldo Alto is a lovely well-preserved medieval hilltop village, birthplace of the poet Boccaccio, that hosts a fantastic street theatre festival every July, this year from July 15th - 19th. The train station is right in the middle of the modern town, Certaldo, below Certaldo Alto, and you can either walk up to Certaldo Alto or take the funicular railway.
A few miles further south is Poggibonsi, a commercial and industrial town, but it is here you want to get off if you want to visit San Gimignano as the buses depart from the station and take about 25 minutes to get there.
Siena is the end of the line.
As for the classic Chianti region, which is southeast of Florence, the more beautiful villages like Greve, Gaiole, Raddha, Castellina...are not served by train, but you can get buses to most of them from Florence bus station - look for SITA buses.
There is a train line that runs southeast from Florence to Arezzo, another beautiful historic city, and this is also the line with connections to Perugia in Umbria which is a very striking and atmospheric ancient Etruscan town, well worth going to. You also need to take buses into the town from the station.
I hope this has given you a good summary of what is possible without a car!