public ytansportation

We were a month in Italy in 2011. We want to spend the summer of 2014 in Tuscany.
From Basciano - Le Murricce can we depend on buses/trains to go to different places in Tuscany? Thanks.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3349 posts

I looked at the location of that villa le Muricce in Basciano. The bus doesn't pass through that road, you have to walk to the Chiantigiana Highway (SS222) which is close, about 300 mts away. There is a bus stop there on the SS222, but it's a rural area about 5 km outside of Siena therefore bus service to/from Siena is infrequent and almost non existent on Sundays and holidays. I also found the bus schedule for you, it's in the PDF file below. You must go to Table no. 125/A and 125/R (bus line Siena-Castellina). A=Andata (going) R=Ritorno (Return). The X symbol formed by two hammers means 'Feriali', or weekdays, which in Italy means Monday to Saturday. The stop closest to the villa is BIVIO BASCIANO (=Basciano crossroads) http://www.trainspa.it/train04/extraurbano.pdf My heartfelt suggestion is to rent a car while you are staying at that villa or you won't be seeing much of Tuscany from there.

Posted by Ray
Badenton, Florida, USA
4 posts

Thank you, Roberto, for your good info. We have two conditions that make public tranportation necessary. First, we are senior senior citizens and second, we want to rent for two or three months in the $1200-1500 monthly range and figured we would have to get a little out of the high rent areas. Thanks, again.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3349 posts

If you must rely on public transportation, then you should choose a location in a city, if you want to take day trips through Tuscany. Florence offers the best transportation options, because it's the transit hub for Tuscany. Siena (in the city proper) is less ideal, but better than a location in the countryside where you will be totally car dependent. The average rental cost of a 75 sq.mt. (800 sqft) two bedroom apartment in Florence is under 1000 euro a month (US$1300). If you want it in the historical center, which is more expensive, for that figure you will find at least a one bedroom place. Don't use vacation rental websites for such a long rental period however (they are expensive), use this one below. Search for the word BILOCALE or TRILOCALE (one bedroom). A MONOLOCALE is a one room studio. The word for 'Furnished' is ARREDATO. If you use Google Translate you can figure it out. http://firenze.bakeca.it/offro-casa-0?/