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Report 185: NAVIGATING IN TOSCANA 2003

By BOB THE NAVIGATOR from AMELIA ISLAND FL, Fall 2003

Trip Description: 15 days in Tuscany -- our 12th trip to Italy.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Tuscany

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Independent Travel; 2 People

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NAVIGATING IN TOSCANA — A TRIP REPORT By BOB the NAVIGATOR

OVERVIEW: Tuscany in October can be magical. The weather was nearly perfect as we arrived at the Rome airport to pick up our Autoeurope rental car—a Ford Focus wagon—to begin the 15 day adventure. It stayed that way for the most of the trip, with a two day interruption of cool and rainy about the 10th day. Roberto and Susanna[we adopt new names as we travel Italia] were ready for an in-depth experience in Toscana.

It was our 12th trip to Italia, many of which included parts of Tuscany. So, our agenda was not at all typical—this trip was planned with these goals in mind: 1. To see some new destinations in Tuscany, and others in more depth. 2. To personally experience some interesting hotels and B&Bs for client referral. 3. To meet some of my cyberspace friends 4. To finally find that elusive leather jacket for Susanna

The budget was set at $4900 -- a British Air fare sale helped to make that feasible.

It was a 15 day itinerary with 6 destinations — all within a radius of about 100 miles. I would never suggest this itinerary for others — hardly a “ slowtrav” experience. The ideal scenario would have been 3 locations, but consider my # 2 goal above. And, I do need to justify a tax write-off. So, here was the master plan:

Arrive FCO — get car — drive to near Orvieto for 3 nites at Locanda Rosati [explore the Etruscan villages of Pitigliano, Sorano etc. and return to Orvieto and Civita]

To Montalcino via Bagno Vignoni & San Quirico — stay 3 nites at Albergo Il Giglio [experience Montalcino area in-depth and meet Isabella Dusi]

To Fiesole via Monteriggioni — 3 nites at Pension Bencista [experience the Fiesole/Florence scenario—see more of Florence, and find that jacket]

To Chianti via outlet shopping mall — stay at Borgo Argenina near Gaiole for 2 nites [explore the wineries and villages of the Chianti region in more depth]

To Montefollinico near Montepulciano to stay at La Costa for 2 nites [see new areas of Tuscany, including Chiusi, Santa Anna in Camprena & photo ops]

To Porto San Stefano via Maremma region for last 2 nites — Hotel La Caletta [explore Monte Argentario and stop at Ostia Antica prior to departure]

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