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    Default Tuscany in one day in January

    Hello, we are a family of 5 from Australia (2 adults and three children).
    We are staying in Florence for 4 nights during a three week stay in Italy.
    I am keen to do a day trip to see a little of Tuscany during our stay in Florence.
    I am interested in seeing San Gimignano, Siena, Pisa and Lucca.
    We want to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa but are not really that keen to look in museums, churches etc (we will be doing plenty of that in London, Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome). We are more interested in seeing the countryside and seeing the local life.
    It will be winter so the day light will be short.
    I am feeling brave and am thinking about hiring a car to get around easier.
    Is that a good idea?
    Are we trying to see too much in one day?
    Which area would you leave out if the itinerary will not fit into one day?
    Thank you for your help.

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    DonnaDenise is offline Senior Member - Expert about Tuscany
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    May 2014
    Arezzo, Tuscany

    Default Too much in one day


    San Gimignano, Siena, Pisa and Lucca in one day is definitely too much.

    If you really want to do the tower - then I suggest you visit just Lucca and Pisa (be sure to get your tickets in advance for the tower!)

    Lucca is a great little town to get a feel of the town life, it is small and walkable and you don't need to go in any of the churches or museums to get a feel of the beauty of Tuscany.

    These two towns are well connected with the trains so you could even avoid renting a car and getting around with public transport.

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Lourdes is offline Administrator - DiscoverTuscany Team
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    Jul 2008
    Florence, Italy


    If you're up to a really long day to get as much as possible in, then I'd recommend to consider this group tour:

    It doesn't run every day in January but maybe you can make it work on one of your days in Florence. It is better to do it this way, and not have to worry about driving, parking and traffic
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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