We have decided to spend most of our time in the Tuscany area. We will fly into florence and trying to decide when we will go to vienna Austria since our flight leaves for home from vienna on April 30th. We fly into florence on April 15th. We know we will spend a couple of days in florence and maybe 3 but then we get lost. We want to see Siena and hill towns. The more we read the more confused we get as to which other hill towns would be good to visit. Any help would be appreciated. I am thinking we might spend 5 nights in vienna. That means we would have from april 15th arriving in florence to april 25th leaving for vienna.,
Linda Check out San Gimignano, 45M bus from Siena.
Are you planning to stay around Florence for ten days?
Thank you we are trying to decide what is best to see in that time. So if you had 10 days in Tuscany what would you be sure to see.
Linda, Sienna is a must 1 full day San Gimignano and Voltera 1 full day Lucca is not a hill town,but a walled city,highly reccommend,can go to Pisa the same day and see The Field of Miracles with The Leaning Tower Montepuciano and Montalcino are great wine towns on hills do both in 1 day Cortona made famous by Frances Mayes great hill town,that is in South Tuscany. These are the the Tuscan Highlights and there many other lesser known towns.We have traveled in Tuscany every year,you might want to concentrate on a region of Tuscany,the roads are narrow and windy so travel time will be more than you think when you look at distance,make sure you have GPS,good luck. Email me if you need comprehensive info.
We flew last year into Florence and spent the weekend. Then we moved to an agriturismo between Certaldo and San Gimignano for 4 days with a rental car before heading south to Rome. The rental car is mandatory for a trip to the hill towns of Tuscany.
Only Niki Air flies directly from Florence to Vienna, and the flight is about 157 Euros. If you have to go another airline, they're going to be more costly and take you around the world to get there. If you try to go by train to Vienna, it's about 500 miles from Florence, and it'll require numerous trains and a bus ride.
You might get a lot more replies if you posted your question in the Italy section - To the Boot.
Lucca is wonderful.
Last year we visited Italy in September. Traveled by train from Venice to Florence. Rented a car and drove to Greve in Chianti. We spent 6 nights at the Castillo de Verrazzano agriturismo as our base. We did day trips to Sienna, Pisa, Montepulciano, and Florence (we had there before) as well as Greve in Chianti. We wish we had more time as there were many more hill towns to explore
Since you "get lost" after 3 days in Florence and you are eventually headed to Vienna, here's another idea: the Dolomites. We recently returned from our 4-week Italy trip which included 3 nights in Castelrotto. We thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in that region. You could easily make a stop in that area on your way from Florence to Vienna. Have a great trip.