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Driving from Rome to Tuscany

Hi there! We are staying in Tuscany (Greve in Chianti) in late October. We'll be driving from Rome. Any specific tips on driving in Italy or through the countryside?

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Gary from San Diego
We did a similar drive a couple Octobers ago with a mix of highway driving and side roads. We drove in from Rome (more precisley Ostia, near the airport) to our rented home in Umbria near Orvieto
We chose to use the expressways to get past Rome traffic and to our place quicker. Once there, we made day trips in all directions. Roads are fairly well marked, although often not until the last second! We got used to passing our turns pretty regularly. Also, many of the road signs refer to towns or villages but with no compass direction. If you will be relying on GPS, this is less of an issue but our phones were spotty in many of the remote regions. We carried a detailed printed map for backup.
If you choose to take the eastern route north through Orvieto, some notable stops along your way are:
Civita di Bagnoregio is an incredibly charming and tiny hill town. It's only accessible by a long footbridge. It's a must-see in my book. Montepulciano has great wine, food, and a village worth exploring. Orvieto has an impressive Duomo and many excellent restaurants and great sightseeing and shopping. There's a very interesting underground history (in the literal sense) there as well.
While these are probably more than just roadside stops, they may be something to add to your travel days. Enjoy the trip! Italy is lovely!

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Dave from Houston

Depends on whether you want to get there quickly or make stops along the route. It is about a three hour drive if you take the fast toll road which isn't very scenic. Orvieto is along that route and worth a stop.

It is about a four hour drive if you take the E80 coastal route. Civitavecchia is an interesting historical site on that road. Grosseto might be worth a stop.

If you want to make stops along the way you could take an inland route via SpoletoAssisi, and Perugia all of which are spectacular and worth a visit. They're probably further from Greve than you'd want to venture on day trips.

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