Departing for Italy next week. We will be driving from Florence to Montefalco in Umbria. Planning to take SR 222 from Florence to Sienna, and then head toward Perugia and on to Montefalco. Any recommendations for route from Sienna to Perugia? We would like to take a scenic route, but need to arrive by late afternoon in Montefalco. Thanks!
First things first. The road signs indicating Highway numbers (Such as the SS222) are not that visible in Italy. They are usually embedded in the sign pointing to a city, town. I don't know where you'll depart from in Florence, but the via Chiantigiana (SS222) basically starts very close to the freeway entrance "FIRENZE SUD" of the Autostrada (A1). If you get on the freeway anywhere around Florence (other than FIRENZE SUD) make sure you head toward Roma and exit at the FIRENZE SUD. If you don't get on the freeway anywhere, from Florence follow the directions to the Autostrada A1 to Rome (green signs everywhere in the city) which will likely lead you to the FIRENZE SUD entrance. Don't enter the freeway toll booths at the FIRENZE SUD entrance, but rather follow the directions to GREVE IN CHIANTI (or just GREVE). You know you are on the right track if you pass next to the Sheraton Hotel, which is next to the freeway entrance FIRENZE SUD. No matter where you come from you will need to pass next to the Sheraton. From there follow the directions to GREVE IN CHIANTI. Wherever you are lost, always ask for directions to GREVE IN CHIANTI. You will pass the towns of GRASSINA and STRADA IN CHIANTI (and others) on the way to GREVE. Although SS222 leads to Siena, don't ask for directions to Siena, because they might send you to the Autopalio Freeway, which will take you to Siena faster, but not though the Chianti Road. Always ask for GREVE or GRASSINA. Once heading to Grassina, there is only on road to take: The Chianti Road.
From Siena to Montefalco there is only one way to get there: the RACCORDO SIENA BETTOLLE. From wherever you are in Siena, enter the TANGENZIALE OVEST (West Beltway) and follow the directions to Perugia. You'll eventually meet the junction with the A1 freeway (Firenze-Roma) at the Bettolle entrance. You keep staying on the same freeway to Perugia, don't get on A1. Except for the last piece in Umbria, past Perugia to Montefalco, it's mostly freeway driving. It's scenic enough. You'll see plenty of typical Tuscan hills all around you. There will be some flat areas in the Chiana Valley, but just turn your head to the right and you'll see the Trasimeno Lake. Passignano is a nice Lake resort town for a stop along the way to Perugia. In Perugia stay on the freeway TANGENZIALE (Beltway) and follow the directions to Assisi and Foligno. You'll exit the freeway in Foligno (after Assisi) at the FOLIGNO NORD exit. From Foligno then you'll follow directions to Montefalco on regular road.
Roberto, Thank you for the very detailed instructions. Your help is much appreciated!