How to plan an itinerary through Tuscany
Today´s article will not be devoted to describing a new route, but rather will focus on giving some useful advice to consider when you decide to plan an itinerary through the region.
1- The first piece of advice that I want to give you is regarding the choice of accommodation along the way, or where to make your ´base camp´. This decision is fundamental if you plan to really get to know Tuscany, for which it is ideal to position yourself near the A1 motorway or near a motorway such as the Florence-Siena or Siena-Betolle ones. It is important to choose accommodation near the routes of communication because this will allow you to get around quickly without wasting a lot of time on minor or national roads.
2- On the same matter, I suggest that you stick to your chosen accommodation, since if you opt for a central place near the Florence-Siena-Bettolle motorway or A1 nowhere in Tuscany will be further than 2 hours away which will mean you can make daytrips to various places in the region.
3- Furthermore, if you can make your accommodation near to a town reachable on foot this will be useful for the evening since restaurants and bars will just be a few minutes away and you won´t have to rely on the car or worry about being caught out for drinking on your return- checks in Italy are very frequent!
4- Another point to consider when planning your itinerary is not to include more than two or three towns. Seeing as Tuscany´s artistic heritage is vast and in each town, no matter how small, there is sure to be plenty to see.
5 – If you are planning a route by public transport, probably the most appropriate base would be Siena or Florence. Although I don´t especially suggest this way of exploring Tuscany, buses leave daily from both of these cities to the majority of places of interest. As such you can visit a town a day. From Florence, as well as the buses there are many trains to the majority of cities in Tuscany.
6- Meals. If on your itinerary you don´t want to spend a lot of money on restaurants I suggest that at mealtimes you enjoy a ´Pizza al taglio´ where you can buy large slices of pizza to go. In almost every town there are places like this and the pizza is usually very cheap. Another alternative that works well in Italy is to go to the first grocer´s shop you find and they will prepare you a good sandwich filled with local products.
7 – Airports. Making a good choice of airport is also important. I don´t advise you to fly to Florence with Meridian since they are never punctual and often cancel flights due to technical problems. Always look for flights to Pisa and Rome as an alternative. Considering that if you stay in the south of Tuscany Rome and Pisa are almost equidistant.
8 –Mobile Phones. If it is important for you to keep in mobile phone contact you should bear in mind that there are still areas in Tuscany with very little network coverage or even without any. Take care to check when reserving your accommodation that there is network available in your chosen place.
9 – Speed checks and Fines. In the majority of towns as well as on the motorways there is a speed checking system, as well as restricted traffic zones, so be attentive to driving hours if you don´t want to be fined.
10 –Street safety. All cities in Tuscany are extremely peaceful. The only city where you should pay a bit more attention to your bag or wallet is Florence. In any case the greatest risk that you will find is pickpocketing.
I would be delighted if you can add anything to this certainly not exhausted list by leaving your own advice in the comments section.
I hope this information will prove useful.