I am planning a trip to Italy for the end of September. We would like to spend 4 days in Tuscany and are looking for good base. Our plan is to do day trips to the different towns/villages/vineyards (we are renting a car). We are thinking about staying at an Agriturismo. This seems like a fun and relaxing way to spend time in Tuscany. Any suggestions for a good Agriurismo? Also, any suggestions for a good base area? We are trying to decide between San Gimignano/Volterra/Siena area, Montepulciano or Chianti.
Agritourismo around Siena. You're central travel distance to Volterra, San G to the north west, Chiati to the northeast and Montalcino and Montepulciano to the south.
This may help http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/tuscany/hs_planning.htm
Agriturismo between Colle Val D'elsa and Siena. Preferably within reasonable driving distance from an entrance to the Florence-Siena motorways (some Agriturismi are in the boonies, even requiring driving on dirt roads). So choose your agriturismo carefully using Google Maps to see exact location.
Someone will suggest some names where they stayed in this area (I never have stayed in this area). But otherwise you can use the following websites for some searches:
Also take a look at this German website below. A friend of mine advertises his 8 agriturismo houses in this site (Germans love agriturismi). For some reason (maybe because Germans are savvy shoppers) they really show great prices (click on the British flag for English):
Be aware that most agriturismi require a 3-4 nights minimum and many even a min. of 1 week stay especially in summer.
Use Bookings.com. . . great listing of hundreds of villas that provide apartments, most have pools, a large number of them have an on-site restaurant. This leaves you free to spend all day sightseeing and coming 'home' to a place to cool off if in the summer time and have a great meal without worries of driving 'home' from a remote restaurant at night.
For most of the listings, you book your room but can cancel without penalties and pay about 2 weeks prior to your arrival date! Makes it easy to change your mind if you find some other place you'd rather go!
Ciao. . .
Around Siena. Perfect base for visiting Tuscany. Don't forget to visit Siena!