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Thread: Better to stay in Arno valley or further West?

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    Chicago-Family is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Default Better to stay in Arno valley or further West?

    First trip to Tuscany. Family with kids.

    We get rental car from Venice Sunday morning. We return car to Bologna on Thursday noon. Admittedly a very short time!

    We are looking at two Airbnb options:

    1. Near Montevarchi, in Arno valley
    2. Just north of Tavernelle val di Pesa, just west of the highway between Florence and Siena.

    Wondering which would be best? We are not trying to cram "everything" in. Our main focus is seeing some Tuscan villages and relaxing; getting some good food, seeing some beautiful countryside, and tasting olive oil and wine. We can skip museums in favor of natural beauty.

    For example, if we stay in Montevarchi I'm not sure we want to drive 2 hours one way to see Pisa or Lucca (4 hrs in the car in one day with kids is too much). But is there enough other stuff to see in the Arno valley area?

    Or are we better off being more "centrally located" (if there even is such a thing). I see San Gimignano on a lot of itineraries. Maybe we are better off staying closer to there?

    thanks for any help you can give!

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    DonnaDenise is offline Senior Member - Expert about Tuscany
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    Default Centrally located for beauty

    Buongiorno,

    Montevarchi is definitely centrally located if you are interested in Florence (so much to see even without the museums!), Arezzo - another great city to visit, Chianti and the local wine region and Siena is the same distance as Tavernelle val di Pesa.

    Check out this article which will give you a quick overview of the areas nearby to Montevarchi:
    https://www.discovertuscany.com/itin...-valdarno.html

    As for Tavernelle, it too is a lovely area and there are lots of things to do nearby (including Siena, Florence, and Chianti) Chianti doesn't have to be all about the wine, check out this article with some kids stuff: https://www.chianti.com/what-to-do-i...ctivities.html

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    If Pisa and Lucca are on your list, then I'd definitely choose Tavernelle over Montevarchi to cut on driving times!

    San Gimignano is a must, so for that reason too, I'd suggest Tavernelle as a better option.
    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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