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    Default Tuscany/Arezzo Province Itinerary - Week in early July

    We are staying in a Villa near Bucine (Badia Agnano) for a week and have a rental car. Here is our general outline - mixing smaller towns with tourist areas. Have already seen Florence and the Umbria/Lake Trasimemo area our last trip (Montepulciano/Montelcino/Perugio/Deruta). We are having dinner made several nights in as well as a cooking class at the villa and a guided Chianti wine tour. We like walking/hiking and wandering the towns rather than lots of churches/museums and art (seeing a bunch in Rome and planning on the Della Francesca's in Arezzo).

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Tuscany / Arezzo Day Trip Itinerary -
    Sat. July 8th –
    Rome train (11 a.m.? / 1.5 hr. ride) to Florence/bus to airport
    Meet Friends (1 pm?) / Rent cars – drive to Villa (45 miles / 1.5 hrs / 2.6 tolls), Check-in at 4 pm
    Explore villa / town (Badia Agnano) - Dinner IN

    Sun., July 9th –
    Up early, drive to Cinque Terre (130 miles / 2.5 hrs. / tolls 16.80)
    Drop bags at hotel in La Spezia by 11? Get hike/train pass (2 day, 29 euro)
    Train to Riomaggiore/Manarola (Lovers Walk may be closed), hang out at Monterosso beach?
    Sunset Boat Cruise (6:30-10 out of La Spezia) ???

    Mon., July 10th –
    Early start (train to Monterosso) - hike from Monterosso to Vernazza (start with 500 steps up, 2.7 miles, 2 hrs.) and Vernazza to Corniglia (2.5 miles, 90 min.) – get lunch somewhere (take lots of water/mosquito repellent).
    Leave for Villa by 4 pm - Dinner IN

    Tues., July 11th –
    Relaxing Day Trip – early morning drive to Cortona (30 miles), possibly visit Castiglion Fiorentino.
    Relaxo back at villa, read, sit by pool.
    Cooking Class – Dinner IN

    Wed., July 12th –
    Chianti wine tour (8 hours)
    Dinner IN

    Thurs., July 13th –
    Day trip – Explore Arezzo (17 miles, 1/2 day?), possibly see small towns Anghiari (17 miles ) -Sansepolcro/Citta di Castello (14 miles from Anghiari)/Monterchi
    Dinner OUT (La Chiave Dei Sapori in Badia Agnano)

    Fri., July 14th –
    Tourist Trip – drive to Sienna (25 miles, 1/2 day?), drive to Volterra (34 miles) for lunch
    Drive by San Gimignano on way home thru Chianti region (63 miles)
    Dinner IN

    Sat. July 15th – Leave at 8 am - drive 1.5 hr. to Florence airport / drop off car
    11:30 am flight home

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

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    I am exhausted just reading your itinerary!

    Everything looks great - I am a long time resident in the province of Arezzo and you have a great itinerary set up for those areas, the small towns selected are fabulous.

    The only thing that really concerns me is even though you have lots of evenings set-up at the villa you will still be out an about a lot, and that gets tiring. I understand that CT has its attraction, but that is a bit of a drive (even if Google Maps say two and a half hours.)

    If you were going to cut anything then just do Arezzo - those other towns are fabulous...but it makes for a long day and believe me Arezzo has enough to tease your imagination plus lots of great restaurants and little bars to relax and enjoy the local scenery.

    And personally I think it is a bit much to mix Siena with Volterra. Both are great but Siena alone can fill a good day of sight seeing...maybe something bit closer to Siena like Monteriggioni?

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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