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Thread: Best base town in Tuscany

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    Jul 2014

    Default Best base town in Tuscany

    We are looking to base ourselves in a small village or town, from which to go on day trips to explore Tuscany. Would you suggest San Gimignano or Lucca? Ideally a town, with good restaurants, culture, etc for evening strolls, meals, wine tasting.

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


    Both are good bases, with great restaurants and cultural offerings. Lucca is definitely bigger, then is connected directly with train to move around. SG is smaller but also has a lot, but to get around you first need to take bus to Poggibonsi and from there catch another bus or train... so it really depends on the day trips you were planning. How many days? SG is more central, so if you were planning on visiting Siena, Chianti or the Val d'Orcia, the time to get there will be less so that is definitely something to consider.
    But if you were considering on focusing on the northwestern area of Tuscany, Lucca would also be a good base.
    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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