Tuscany for 6 days from Acquapendente
Love this site. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter and I are flying to Florence on May 27th. We are planning to stay in Florence that night and then train/bus to Acquapendente the following day (May 28th) where we will do the Francigena Marathon on Sunday May 31st. We already made reservations in Acquapendente for 3 nights. We will have the following week (June 1 -6 ) to explore beautiful Tuscany before we head up to Trecenta to meet some friends.
Do we return to Florence spend a couple of days there, rent a car and tour Tuscany, or do we go from Acquapendente to Siena and rent a car there? We will be under a tight budget so probably we will not be able to stay in one of those beautiful places you highlight. What do you recommend? Thank you
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Great you’re doing the Francigena Marathon, really an experience!
Now let’s see how to plan your week in Tuscany in the best way. I imagine you’re flying off Florence at the and of your trip, right? Then I recommend you start your tour of Tuscany right from Acquapendente. I think the best thing to do is to take a bus to reach Orvieto, here are bus timetables. I suggest you visit Orvieto, that is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and then pick your car up (at Orvieto train station). From Orvieto go north in direction of Montepulciano, another wonderful town all to visit. I suggest you pass a couple of nights in the area and start to explore the villages and attractions of the Val d’Orcia, particularly Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, and Montalcino. Then go north in direction of Siena driving on the scenic and ancient Via Cassia road, passing through the Crete Senesi, another peculiar and really suggestive area of the Tuscan countryside. Once in Siena, I’d spend 1 or 2 nights there. Siena is incredibly beautiful and has lots of things to see.
On leaving Siena go to visit the small walled town of Monteriggioni and the medieval towers of San Gimignano. Then again go east to reach Castellina in Chianti and cross the famouc Chianti area on the scenic Via Chiantigiana, stopping to visit its lovely villages and sample some good wine. You might want to spend the night in the area before going north to reach Florence, where you can return the car. In Florence’s town center you will not need a car.
In addition to visiting Florence, you may visit Pisa and Lucca by train.
As far as accommodations go, you’ll find plenty of nice ones on your way, but if you prefer specific accommodations, just choose on where to stay as your home bases and I’ll give suggestions. You can do the stops I suggest, or, if you think you have too many places to sleep, then just choose 2 places as a base, maybe one in Val d’Orcia and one in Chianti or Florence.
Ciao from Florence