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Report 1918: Navigating in Tuscany and Liguria

By BOB THE NAVIGATOR from usa, Spring 2011

Trip Description: Bob, his wife and another couple spend time driving through Liguria and spend almost a week in Montepulciano exploring southern Tuscany.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Liguria, Tuscany

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people

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It was our 27th trip to Europe - spanning 1958 to 2011 - and our 17th to Italy. Consistent with our last two trips, it was designed to let us visit our favorite destinations from previous trips and to experience them in more depth. Mission accomplished!

In 2009 we spent three weeks celebrating our 50th anniversary in Venice, the Dolomites, and Lago Como. Last year we spent two weeks on the Amalfi Coast. As with this year, we chose to rent apartments in the primary locations. It just makes good sense and helps to control the cost.


We flew nonstop from Charlotte to Rome (FCO) both directions. The flights were uneventful except for my bad back in cattle car class. It is a pure torture test for me.

We met our travel mates at FCO and got our car rented through Autoeurope. Judy and Paul are old friends from High School. She was actually my first girl friend in the eighth grade. Paul is a retired surgeon who has driven sports cars all of his life and loves to run through the gears. Of course, he wanted to drive. You may guess who was the designated navigator. They were also our valued travel partners in 2009 in the Dolomites and on Lago Como.

We picked up our Ford Kuga at FCO and drove 90 minutes north to Orbetello on the Argentario promontory for our first nite. The car was a new Ford SUV that reminds me of our Honda CRV with more power. It was a perfect choice.

Our hotel in Orbetello, San Biagio Relais, was from my Karen Brown book and is a good option for anyone wanting a first or last night hotel within two hours of FCO. We had dinner that night in the resort village of Porto Ercole on the marina, seafood of course.

Our Total Itinerary

Orbetello 1 night
Lerici (near Cinque Terre) 3 nights
Montepulciano (Tuscany) 6 nights
Hilton Garden Inn (FCO) last night

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