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central stay for hill towns

We are looking for a good location to explore the hill towns between Florence and Rome. We would prefer a place either with a kitchen, or with breakfast and within driving distance for day trips in the area.

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I can give you several !

But, first. What villages are you trying to visit ? Each time we have visited the region, we create a map and mark our favorite go to villages that year. Then you can see if you want to be closer to Montepulciano or Volterra or Cortona and Assisi ! Or if you need to be somewhere in the center because you have a wide range of towns to visit.

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I like outside of San Gimignano or Certaldo. The North/South roads are handy and it is still handy to Florence. We prefer some of our own cooking and two huge grocery stores in Poggibonsi are just great.

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At this point, we are thinking of visiting Siena, Cortona, San Gimignano, Montepulciano? We will have just completed a Heart of Italy 9 day tour, so we will have seen Volterra. Any suggestions on which towns we should see are appreciated as well!!

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We just stayed at Antica Olivaia, an agriturismo outside of Orvieto, and absolutely loved it. We seriously considered ditching our Rome plans and staying there longer.

Orvieto and Civita were magical. We thought the scenery was more beautiful there (Umbria) than Tuscany.

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We just returned from several weeks in Italy, and we enjoyed our four nights at a B&B near Siena, Il Canto del Sole...Luciano, Laura, Marco and Christiana are just lovely...our room was spacious with a beautiful view....breakfast was outstanding. They are so helpful with planning day trips, local restaurants, etc. We were centrally located, making trips to Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montefalco, as well as so many small, quiet town easy. We’re already planning a return trip and are looking forward to staying with them again.