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what is a reasonable base?

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what is a reasonable base?

we will be staying at Borgo Di Carpiano in Gubbio this May. We are undecided on how many nights to stay here. It seems from this location, there are many feasible day trips to Assisi, Urbino, Orvieto, Todi, Trasiimeno lake... I would also like to see Montalcino, Monteplciano and Sienna. Do we need a second base for instance in Sienna to visit these places or are they doable day trips from Gubbio. The more I read, the more confused I become so any help is appreciated. thank you.

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1. Re: what is a reasonable base?

W based ourselves just south of Cortona in order to have one two week base to see both Tuscany and Umbria, but it was still a stretch to get to Volterra and beyond Siena. If I were you, I think that I would consider a base closer to Siena than Gubbio to see Tuscany, other wise you are looking at about a 4 hour round trip (or more depending on construction and/or other traffic delays) to go from Gubbio to Siena, and that is by way of the Perugia/Siena freeway. Volterra, San G., Pienza, etc are going to be an even longer trip. They are doable, but most of your day will be in the car. Methinks you have answered your own question. Hope this helps and I know that you will love Tuscany and Umbria.

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You could use Montalcino or Siena as your base in Tuscany; we've done both. Montalcino is a nice small town with some nice lodging and several good restaurants. It's easy to get into out of by car also.

Montepulciano, Pienza, etc., are easy and beautiful drives from Montalcino.

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3. Re: what is a reasonable base?

Gubbio is a must as we are visiting friends but maybe we will spend half the time there and half in Montalcino on our way back to Rome. That sounds like a plan. Thank you.

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4. Re: what is a reasonable base?

Hi,

I would mark all your places in southern Umbria and Tuscany on a map and find a cental place to visit from.

A possible second base is, in or near Montepulciano, from there you can visit Orvieto (1hr), Montalcino (45min), Siena (1hr+). Visit the lake on the way through. Or perhaps Orvieto as a second base, visit Todi on the way through. Orvieto to Siena (1.5hr). I have stayed at Siena, Orvieto and Montepulciano, all are lovely.

Best of luck with the planning

Jen

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5. Re: what is a reasonable base?

Pleasureseeker,

This may help slowtrav.com/italy/tuscany/hs_planning.htm

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6. Re: what is a reasonable base?

Great stuff. thank you so much. We like the looks of a b$b in Montalcino; Palazzina Cesira. Any thought on this place? And Montalinco is the home of one of our favorite wines! We like quaint places. I'm from the U.S., hes from Yorkshire, via Antigua in the Caribbean so we are a lttle off beat. This seems to fit the bill.

Any other suggestions on something we should not miss?

I was reading about Allesandro and his tours of Tuscany and considering this as an option but not sure we need it.

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7. Re: what is a reasonable base?

I really enjoyed the abbey at Monte Oliveto, unfortunately I couldn't find opening times – when I was there they closed for a very long lunch, as Sant'Antimo also does.

Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey

http://www.monte-oliveto.com/

http://www.monteolivetomaggiore.it/index.html

www.montepulciano.net/about-montepulciano.htm

Sant'Antimo Abbey

sacred-destinations.com/italy/sant-antimo-ab…

http://www.montalcino.net/sant_antimo.htm

Here are some other sites you might lie to explore

http://www.sienaonline.com/index.html

http://www.siena-info.net/

www.abctuscany.com/siena/montalcino/index.cfm

http://www.discovertuscany.com/valdorcia/

jen

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