January 23, 2016, 02:36 AM
7 Days in Cinque Terre and Tuscany/Umbria
My family is traveling in Italy and in addition to some time spent in Florence and Rome we have set aside 7-8 days to spend in the Cinque Terre and Tuscany/Umbria. Our current plan is to take the train to Vernazza and stay three nights in the Cinque Terre then take the train back to Florence and rent a car to see Tuscany/Umbria. Assisi is a must-see for us and we'd like to spend at least one night there but we also are drawn to the Chianti region, Siena and Montepulciano. We like to walk and cycle but we also want to experience live in some of the towns. We were thinking for taking a slow drive through Chianti (Radda, Castellina, Siena (spend some time there) and onto Montepulciano where we would stay for one night (is that to much to do in one day and is the it best way to spend our day?) Should we just head straight to Siena on the larger highway and then also see the Val d'Orsay before we overnight in Montepulciano. We were thinking that the next day we would head directly to Assisi and see the sights, followed by an additional day of cycling near Assisi (any suggestions on where to rent, get a guide, etc.) Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
January 23, 2016, 11:14 AM
Great combination of places
As much as I love CT - I would suggest with all that you want to do, maybe dedicate only two full days there. Florence has so much to see, and truly merits two full days A suggested itin could be:
5 Rent car and drive one day through Chianti - (end in Siena maybe Hotel Athena with parking and within walking distance of the city center )
6 Visit Siena then mid to late afternoon go to Montepuciano. stay the night here
7 visit Montepulciano in the morning then early afternoon go to Assisi. Stay the night in Assis
8 full day Assisi
January 23, 2016, 09:11 PM
More to my itinerary
Thank you Donna Denise for your advice. I am actually spending three full days in Florence in addition to the seven days that I have to split between cinque terre and Tuscany/Assisi. Given that, what are your thoughts on a night in Montepulciano and a visit to Val d'Orsay in addition to the drive through Chianti.
January 24, 2016, 10:16 PM
I would stay an extra day (or two) in Siena and use that as a base for Val d'ORCIA...
there is so much to see from natural thermal water spas to some awesome scenery and small towns. Check out this article for more ideas.