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Tuscany/Umbria

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Tuscany/Umbria

Would like to split my week between 2 locations from where we will do day trips. Towns we will want to see hopefully are Cortona, Assisi, Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino and maybe Chianti and places in between. Any suggestions for good central locations that will be easy in and out for our day trips and then a place at night for dinner. Thanks!

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Cortona
Cortona
Province of Arezzo, Italy
Assisi
Assisi
Province of Perugia, Italy
Montepulciano
Montepulciano
Province of Siena, Italy
Pienza
Pienza
Province of Siena, Italy
Montalcino
Montalcino
Province of Siena, Italy
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1. Re: Tuscany/Umbria

If you stay in Montepulciano, it would be about a 70 minute drive to Assisi, about 45 minutes to Cortona, and Pienza and Montalcino would be short drives. Siena would be about an hour’s drive and San Gimignano would be about 90 minutes. They are in the Chianti area.

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Montepulciano
Montepulciano
Province of Siena, Italy
Assisi
Assisi
Province of Perugia, Italy
Cortona
Cortona
Province of Arezzo, Italy
Pienza
Pienza
Province of Siena, Italy
Montalcino
Montalcino
Province of Siena, Italy
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Province of Siena, Italy
San Gimignano
San Gimignano
Province of Siena, Italy
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2. Re: Tuscany/Umbria

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www.italia.it/en/discover-italy www.discovertuscany.com

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3. Re: Tuscany/Umbria

Montepulciano is a great base to see both Val D’Orcia and Umbria. We visited Umbria on a separate trip, but it is very easy to reach Lago Trasimeno and Assisi from Montepulciano. We stayed at delightful Relas Villa Grazianella very close to Montepulciano and had all our dinners there simply because I cannot think of a restaurant where we could have dined better.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-…

Edited: 11 June 2018, 10:52
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Province of Siena, Italy
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Province of Perugia, Italy
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4. Re: Tuscany/Umbria

Absolutely, you've got it, southern Tuscany on the Umbrian border and Montepulciano certainly ticks that box. All the places on your list can be explored easily but I would throw in Orvieto too (separate day, possibly half) and combine Arezzo with Cortona. Just thinking out loud early in the morningwhilst waiting for the kettle to boil you could:

1. Cortona / Arezzo

2. Day exploring Montepulciano / Pienza

3. Longer day going down to Assisi

4. Quieter day driving up into the Chianti

5. Even quieter day just leisurely driving around the Val d'Orcia (include San Quirico, Montalcino and Bagno Vignoni)

6. Half day down to Orvieto

7. Quiet day hanging out somewhere

Though this is far from definitive list as there are many more very pretty villages to explore, these are possibly just the highlights. Now I must go and make my tea.

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Montepulciano
Province of Siena, Italy
Orvieto
Orvieto
Province of Terni, Italy
Arezzo
Arezzo
Province of Arezzo, Italy
Cortona
Cortona
Province of Arezzo, Italy
Pienza
Pienza
Province of Siena, Italy
Assisi
Assisi
Province of Perugia, Italy
Val d'Orcia
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Tuscany, Italy
Montalcino
Montalcino
Province of Siena, Italy
Bagno Vignoni
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Province of Siena, Italy
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5. Re: Tuscany/Umbria

Orvieto - no doubt!!! It would be so sad to miss one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world with immortal frescoes of Lica Signorelli in majestic Cappella di San Brizio.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

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