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In Italy:We are a group of 5 women who have rented a villa on the outskirts of Sienna in Italy for 10'days. What are some of the best places in the area to visit and what recommendations do you have for transportation?

3 Answers

answered by
alessandro from Asciano


first of all, rent a van. Visit Siena, FlorenceSan GimignanoCortona

have a nice time and fun


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Siena (attraction)
  2. Florence (city)
  3. San Gimignano (attraction)
  4. Cortona (city)
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answered by
Roni from Dallas

Mary S. offered much good advice. I would recommend renting a car and exploring small towns and wineries. I would also say to drive through the Crete region. There are incredibly beautiful landscapes just outside Siena that often go missed. I also love the Tuscan coast. The town of Castiglione Della Pescaia is just 1 hour 15 mins from Siena with a great old town and beautiful beaches. In the region of Maremma, there are many incredible towns like Pitigliano that are truly incredible. In addition, there are several hot spring spas near Siena that are also very beautiful, like San Casciano dei Bagni or Rapolano Terme

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Crete (attraction)
  2. Castiglione Della Pescaia (city)
  3. Siena (attraction)
  4. Maremma (restaurant)
  5. San Casciano dei Bagni (city)
  6. Rapolano Terme (city)
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answered first by
Mary from Leicester

Firstly, it's Siena, not Sienna....that's a colour. :-)

What transportation is available to you will very much depend on exactly where your villa is located

Local bus routes within Siena are listed here:

Click 'Mappa Urbano Siena' on the right to download a pdf of bus routes within Siena itself. 'Mapa surbano Siena' will give you bus routes which serve further out. Hopefully, one will stop fairly near your villa.

'Extraurbano' ('outside the city') bus routes are listed here:

Again clicking 'Mappa extraurbano Siena' on the right will download a map of routes. 

Do make sure you click 'Mostra Alti' at the bottom of both pages so you see all the bus routes.

You can find train times, details and fares in English on the official Italian railway website:

I suggest you make a point of visiting Florence ('Firenze' bus is easier than train), San Gimignano (bus, changing in Colle di Val d'Elsa or PoggibonsiFiesole (short bus ride from Florence), Pisa (train, change in Florence), Lucca (train, change in Florence).

Other than that, stopping off in any village or small town you can get to by bus or train will be interesting. It is a very, very rare Italian settlement that does not still have a centre with much historical interest and good places to eat. In fact, I've not found one yet! :-)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Siena (attraction)
  2. Florence (city)
  3. San Gimignano (attraction)
  4. Colle di Val d'Elsa (city)
  5. Poggibonsi (city)
  6. Fiesole (city)
  7. Pisa (city)
  8. Lucca (city)
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