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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2016
Via Francigena San Gimignano to Siena  (6 Answers)


I have 4 days in Tuscanny in mid october and I was thinking about doing part of the Via Francigena, more specifically San Gimignano to Siena, or Ponte d'arbia to San Quirico. I like to take photos so which one of these would be nicest in fall. Or any other 3 day walks recommended in fall in that area? From what I have read its quite feasible to do it alone as it is quite well marked and with signs, but I find very little information about doing it alone, mostly tours. I am planning on taking the bus to San Gimignano and starting the next morning, does that sounds ok?

Warm regards
Tore Skobba

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2016
Leather shopping (NOT IN MAJOR CITIES)  (19 Answers)

I am looking for information on where I can find genuine leather products (bags and shoes) in Tuscany. I do not want to go the shops in Florence but the smaller cities that have factory stores. I have heard that Santa Croce sull'Arno is one such area, but I cant find a lot of information on it. Can someone please help? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2016
Getting from Siena to Pienza--on a Sunday  (1 Answer)

How can I get from Siena to Pienza on a Sunday afternoon using public transportation?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2016
5 days in Tuscany  (5 Answers)

Hi all

My girlfriend and I will be visiting Tuscany tomorrow and the next 5 days.

We are based in Radda in Chianti.

Any good travel tips/places to go or see within the area? (50-100 km)

We plan to go to Pisa to see the Tower on our drive into Tuscany. We have a car with us.

We like cozy, small old cities, Nice restaurants, Nature and scenic views. We are NOT so much into museums etc.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2016
Best romantic country area in Tuscany?  (1 Answer)


I am planning to visit Tuscany for 2 days this September with my partner. I am wondering about the best place preferably a countryside overlooking the sea where we can have rent a small villa for a quite and private time while still being able to get to the town center, enjoy good food, and mingle with the locals.
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2016
Where to stay in Tuscany  (7 Answers)

In 2017, 5 of us will be staying in Cinque Terre for 5-7 nights and then want to move on to the Tuscany area. We will have a car, if needed, and would like to be assessable to Florence, Pisa and the small town/rural experiences of the area. We expect to rent a 3BR apartment/villa. A coastal town is fine but I fear that we'll wish we had stayed somewhere inland. Any suggestions and THANKS??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2016
Best place for traditional food and wine  (4 Answers)

I am hoping to visit Tuscany in October and I am looking for a traditional town or village where I can relax and try some traditional food and wine. I don't plan to drive so I will rely on trains and buses. I have heard that Greve and Montefioralle are excellent places for food and especially wine, and they get good reports in this forum. They seem to be beside each other, only about 1km apart. Greve seems to be a good choice to stay in, as it has a bus to Florence and has a reasonable selection of accommodation.

Is Greve/Montefioralle the best choice for a traditional day or two in Tuscany? Or are there any better options?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2016
Choir Music Festival

Is the International Choir Festival advertised as scheduled each June in Monetcatini a legitimate event? Or just something developed by tour companies to encourage travel to Tuscany?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2016
2 Chicks, 4 Nights, 5 Days in Tuscany!  (15 Answers)

Hi Everyone. I need to be in Rome for work in July so my friend and I want to see Tuscany for 4 nights. We have a visual of us riding bikes, drinking lots of wine, eating cheese and olives, seeing some sights etc!
Do we do 4 nights in the heart of Florence and do day trips? Or do we stay 2 nights in Florence and 2 nights in Sienna/Chianti? We won't have a car but will take public transport or hiring drivers where needed. Also looking at maybe doing small tours in Vintage Fiats, Vespas, Bicycles, Walking.
Love food tours, winery tours (where you get to drink more than 3 sips!)
Any / all suggestions / recommendations welcomed and appreciated! Thankyou!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2016
Special towns that feature wine culture to explore  (4 Answers)

Maybe not so well know but lovely towns in the Central or Eastern areas of Tuscany to explore by car. I'm aware of towns like Montalcino and Montepulciano but maybe not so well known towns or villages.

Thanks, Rick

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2016
Where to stop on a road trip to Perugia  (2 Answers)

Hello, My husband and I are currently in Provence, but we are going to meeting up with friends in Perugia at the end of May. We have a car and plan to make it a road trip staying at one to two locations on the way there and again on the way back. I would love suggestions of towns along that route that would be easy to stop with our car. We are also traveling with a small dog. Thanks! Nicole

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2015
Best destination  (5 Answers)

We will be spending 4 days in Tuscany next May. We would like to stay in a town so we can walk to restaurants for dinner. We are trying to decide on best town to stay. Thinking Radda?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2015
How to spend three days in Tuscany?  (28 Answers)

My husband I will be visiting Italy for the first time in April. We are planning on splitting 10 days between Venice, Florence, and Rome. My question is in regards to Florence/Tuscan region. I am torn between staying in Florence or in a beautiful countryside town like Volterra. We do not drink, but enjoy great food, scenery, shopping, etc. I just don't want 10 straight days of old churches and art museums. I find the Tuscan hill town scenery enchanting, but am worried we'd be bored after a day or two. Opinions please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2015
Place to stop on the way to Venice f  (10 Answers)

I wish to break up the trip to Venice from Cinque Terre with a place to stay. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2015
Which car rental agency is open Friday evening (25/9) and close to a train to Lerici?  (2 Answers)

Trying to return our rental car after a long day of travelling from San Gimignano to Lucca to a quick photo op in Pisa and on to our hotel near the Cinque Terre in Lerici. We don't need the car for the rest of our journey, though we do have hotel parking in Lerici. It's almost impossible to return a car in LaSpezia on the weekend (closed Sunday, some closed Saturday or half day...), so we thought maybe in Pisa on Friday? Is there a car rental agency open on Friday early evening in Pisa? Is there a train to Lerici? How late? Is there a car rental agency close to the train station? Thanks so much in advance for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2015
Des this Itinerary look OK? Tuscany + CT  (2 Answers)

I'm travelling with my two kids, 19 and 21, in September and would love some feedback on the following itinerary. Trying to keep costs low. We like views, walking, biking, wine/olive oil/cheese stops, nature sites with water, beaches.
Mon 21: late night arrival Florence
Tues 22: florence
Wed 23: florence
Thur 24: EITHER bike tour around Tuscany that leaves from Florence with a company, wine tasting and some other nice activities but 80 euros each (!) OR go back to the Florence airport by bus (20 Euros each?) and rent a car for two days. First day: Siena, Montelcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and maybe others. Where to stay if we rent a car? I prefer not to drive back into Florence but want to get to Pisa + LaSpezia the next day.
If we take the bike tour we would go back to Florence for the night.
Fri 25: take/continue with car to Lucca (bike ride on walls), Pisa (photo op and stroll), possibly a beach stop (?) and return car in LaSpezia. Stay in area of LaSpezia, possibly Lerici or take the ferry or train to Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre in the evening.
Sat 26: hike in Cinque Terre
Sun 27: more Cinque Terre, maybe switch to Monterossa hotel for beach
Mon 28: more Cinque Terre, train to Genoa early evening and sleep near airport in Genoa
Tues 29: 8am flight home from Genoa
Any comments would be highly appreciated!! Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2015
Wineries in Tuscany  (4 Answers)

Hello all :-)

my sister is looking for wineries in Tuscany as a surprise for her hubby. Sadly I could not yet convince her to consider the wineries in Umbria or Marche, but .. one day hopefully.

She looks for wineries which offer more wine tasting and less showing the wine making techniques. They like Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and otherwise Bardolino from Lake Garda.

She considers staying near San Gimignano. But they love to drive, so a good winery not so close by isn't a problem.

Thanks in advance!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2015
Agriturismo Accomodation for a LARGE group in Tuscany for 28th June 2016  (7 Answers)

Hi, I'm glad i came across this website and forum.

I'm Maltese with most of my friends scattered in different places around the world. We are planning to come together next Summer in a beautiful Agriturism in Tuscany, preferably in an area not more than an Hour far from Pisa where we ll all be landing.In total we are 21 adults and 14 kids and 1 baby. I know it is a big number but it would be wonderful to come together on this trip.We re looking for comfortable, well equipped apartments with nice grounds around were the kids can run and play, a pool area, maybe animals on the farm, and other activities, tastings and courses are more than welcome! The majority are staying for a whole week, from the 28th June till the 5th July 2016.
(2 couples with total 4 kids are staying from 28th june till 2nd july. And one couple is coming for the weekend from Friday 1st till Monday 4th July.)

I'm finding it hard to find the ideal place, would it be possible to receive a few tips and assistance in my search? THANK YOU....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2015
Day trips from Siena with kids  (5 Answers)

We will be staying just outside of Siena for one week the first of Sept with our 10, 9 & 3 year olds. We will be coming from four fairly busy touring days in Rome and headed on to Venice afterwards. We want to make this week as relaxing as possible but still see & experience Tuscany. Husband & I love Lucca so I know it is on the agenda for one day but this is our first time to take the children. Any suggestions are most welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
Scenic driving route + safe to leave luggage in car in towns?  (5 Answers)

Hi All! Two questions:

1. We are travelling as a group of 8 people (me/husband, both sets of our parents who are in their 70s and my sister/bro in law). We are renting a van from Rome Termini and driving to Gaoli in Chianti, and I was wondering what the most scenic route is? I have read driving the A1 and stopping at Orvieto and Montepulciano would be good- is that what you guys would recommend? Any other places you would stop and if anyone can help be more specific on that route that would be reallly helpful! Of course I can use Google Maps but wanted to make sure to take the scenic route...

2. Given we will be renting a van, there will not be a trunk. If we stop off at these towns on the drive to Chianti, we will have our luggage with us. Do you think it's safe for us to leave a van full of luggage parked in various towns during the day, so we can stop for lunch or to walk around, for example Orvieto and Montepulciano? I tihnk the luggage would be visible as there won't be a trunk. Of course we will try to minimize what people can see but there are 8 of us so would be hard to completely hide it all.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2015
Travel from Pienza to Chiusi  (2 Answers)

My wife and I must travel from Pienza to Chiusi so we may catch a train to Florence and on to Venice.
We have been unable to find any bus or timetables.
Can anyone help here?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2015
Montecatini Terme  (9 Answers)

How far is it from the town to the Montecatini Palace Hotel please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2014
First time travelling in Tuscany  (8 Answers)

This is my boyfriend and my first trip to Italy (both 30yr) We are staying in Florence for 4 nights from the 4th August.
We plan to take the bus to both Pisa & Lucca during our time in Florence.
After Florence we would like to plan a week touring southern Tuscany - Sienna, San Gimigano, Arezzo, Montepulcinao, Montalcino, Chianti and Val d'orca and any other places you might recommend - any feedback would be great.
We ideally would like to stay in farmhouses (private room with ensuite) where we can enjoy farm activities, family meals and culture. Our budget is 100Euro p/night and we are flexible if this trip will take longer than a week.
Should we hire a car? If so where from once we depart Florence? Should we choose a base for our accomodation? Or is there a better option? After Tuscany we plan to drive to LaSpezia where we will head to Cinque Terre.
Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks.. Lisa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2014
montacatini to Val D Orcia

We are staying in montactinI in mid October and are thinking about taking a day trip to the Val d orcia, maybe montapulciano for lunch then the sulfur baths in bagno vignoni. Is this a good idea or will it be too far to be worth our while?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2014
Kids Activities near San Gimignano  (2 Answers)

I'm looking for local activities for kids under 10 near San Gimignano,Tuscany. Any Suggestions? Here is my itinerary so far:
Any thoughts???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2014
4 days trip to tuscany  (1 Answer)

Hi. i'm going on a trip to tuscany this thursday. I have 4 days. I've got an hotel in florence. I'll get there around 14:30 PM. So I thought I'd visit florence for a day and a half, day 3 - san gimigniano and siena and day 4 - lucca. I won't rent a car so I'll have to use the bus. Do you think these are the best places to visit in my 4 day trip? (I went to pisa in the past so i'll skip it this time). where can I see the time for the buses, should I buy a ticket ahead?
also in florence I understand that it's better to buy ahead to Uffizi and Accademia. can I still buy it for this week? if I have to know exactly the hour I'd be there it could be a bit problematic... what do you think? thanks for any help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2014
Accomodation  (8 Answers)

Is it cheaper to book in advance for a one night accom...or when we there to drive from one village to another?? This we would do as we drive through Tuscany area? What is the cheapest way of getting accom?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2014
Where to stay!  (3 Answers)

We are a middle aged couple and another lady travelling in October to Tuscany. Our budget is limited ( Weak exchange rate!) do not want to spend too much on accommodation. Where can we stay for 3 nights, and drive to various villages on day trips (will have a car)....most reasonable agriturismo suggestion would be appreciated. were thinking around the Siena area...or another area perhaps. Driving from Livorno......finally ending up in Florence in a week??? thanks you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2014
Day trip to Siena and other Tuscan town(s) using Public Transport from Florence  (3 Answers)

Hi friends

I will be staying in Florence for 4 nights in the month of May. I plan to sightsee Florence on 2 days and take a day trip to Lucca and Pisa on the 3rd day. On my 4th day I wish to visit Siena and some picturesque countryside which is often associated with Tuscany. Also in the afternoon I would like to do some Wine Tasting at a decent vineyard. I have heard Chianti is the place for wine and is between Florence and Siena. However, I would need to do this using Public transport. Please let me know if this can and should be done using Public transport or should I consider spending more to rent a car with a guide or a guided tour. I do not have any knowledge of any Tuscan town which could be combined with Siena for the above, so I am open to all suggestions.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2014
What to take to Tuscany for a 2 week trip on the last 2 weeks in April  (3 Answers)

I will be traveling to visit my daughter in Tuscany the last 2 weeks in April. I will be staying with her but will be going to Cinque Terre for 2 days, Pitigliano for 2 days and some other day trips. I will be doing a lot of walking and some hiking on the trip. I may eat out in some local trattorie but probably not in any fancy ristorante I have been in Tuscany on a few other trips so I will probably not be spending much time in churches .. I like to travel light so I will only be taking a carry on and will probably do my laundry half way through the trip. Any suggestions for what clothes I should take with me?

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