August 16, 2015, 06:33 PM
August 17, 2015, 10:35 AM
Day 2 looks fine, you can go through Chianti in a day.
Montefioralle and Greve are very close, you can do those in the morning. Panzano by lunch (have lunch there - the place to go is Dario Cecchini's McDario place by the parking lot) and afternoon in Castellina. Get to Siena by dinner so you can enjoy it as well, not just use it as an overnight place to sleep at.
I think Day 3 and 4 need to be thought over - if you just plan to drive by these towns, they are doable. If you actually want to stop and walk around and see them, then you are trying to fit too much in.
Day 3: Trying to get to Orvieto (which is in Umbria) would be ok if you cut out stuff in the middle. If you want to make it to Saturnia to actually enjoy the thermal waters, I think you need to head there before in the day so that you can actually see/enjoy them..... but having said that, why not stop at other thermal springs before? Bagno Vignoni has them, and so does San Filippo (outdoor springs). San Filippo is quite impressive, although not a waterfall. While distances might seem short, these are country roads - over hills and just 2 lanes, so speed is limited. To get to Saturnia, you have to cross the Monte Amiata (a mountain).
So I'd suggest enjoying the Val d'Orcia!!
4. San Quirico d'Orcia
5. Bagno Vignoni
8. San Filippo
Day 4: 7th Nov - Continue the journey to Pisa, enjoying what you haven't seen of the Val d'Orcia yet.
1. Montalcino, Sant'Antimo Abbey, Buonconvento
2. San Gimignano or Volterra, not both
3. Pisa - if you no longer need the car but you have suitcases with you, I'd either drop off car and deposit luggage at the Pisa Central train station and then walk to the Leaning Tower so that you see a bit more of Pisa along the way OR park near the Leaning Tower, do your sightseeing and then drop off the car before heading back to Florence.
Seeing as you're spending part of day 1 in Florence, which isn't a lot, I'd also recommend you spend the rest of day 5 there too before heading to Venice! Otherwise, you'll have done a lot of driving around Tuscany but not see its main city!! ;-)
August 17, 2015, 05:21 PM
THANK YOU Louder!
Originally Posted by Lourdes
Thanks for your advice and this is much appreciated! Your awesome plan definitely sounds good to me!
Looks like I have to give Orvieto a miss! Which town do you recommend for me to stay over for a night on Day 3 before the trip to Pisa on the next day?
Last edited by Rachael; August 18, 2015 at 02:52 PM.
August 17, 2015, 09:22 PM
visit to Orvieto
unless you thought you would take a day to visit Florence (the first day) why don't you pick up the car in Rome and drive to Orvieto then go to Florence. Orvieto is only minutes off the main highway and it is a lovely stop. It is an easy drive and timewise probably just a little longer than taking the train.
And Lourde's suggestion about the thermal waters at Bagno Vignoni is spot on, smaller but just as nice.
August 18, 2015, 06:12 PM
August 20, 2015, 11:23 AM
I think you made some good changes.
Keep in mind that Orvieto is only minutes off the main road towards Montepulciano and if you had wanted to see it I would truly suggest you do it.
At that point I would pick one of the two thermal water stops and just stay there for the night - probably Bagno San Filippo. Have a look at the itin: Rome airport - Orvieto (walk around and lunch here) - Acquapendente (passing thru this town is more scenic and a bit less time on the road towards your) - Bagni S. Filippo.
August 23, 2015, 09:49 AM
Day 1 Hotel stay