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  1. Wonderful blog post – thank you! Planning a trip to Tuscany Summer 2023 with family and this might have found our fabulous place to stay when I already thought I found one. Too much to see – too many beautiful options to choose from. Thanks again!

  2. Loving your posts! Super helpful as I’m playing a trip this summer from Florence down to Positano and Capri. Any recommendations for a one-night stay during our drive from Cortona to Naples? We’ve spent time in Rome, so was looking for something a little different. Traveling with 2 older kids (17/20). Thanks so much!

  3. I stumbled upon your fabulous blog when I googled transportation options to Positano and I’m so grateful for finding it! Planning my 15 year anniversary/bucket list Italy trip for late April/early May and quickly realizing it will have to be part 1 of 3 or 4 because there’s just too much to see and not enough time this go. We’re flying in/out of Rome and want to do a few days in wine country, 2 days in Amalfi and 2/3 days in Rome. Debating between Umbria and Tuscany as simply going into Umbria would be closer to Rome/Amalfi, but obviously Tuscany is what we’re more aware of. We plan on spending some time in Orvieto. Thoughts on other parts of Umbria? Or we should just spend the little extra time and go into Tuscany. Can you hire car tours like in CA wine country? I’m apprehensive to rent a car/drive as we want to do wine tasting and not worry about navigating unfamiliar territory that is already challenging on a good day. We’ll have a Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Monday to explore. Returning to meet friends on Tuesday in Rome to head to Amalfi. Want to see as much as possible but not be too crazy so we can also just enjoy. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Michelle,
      I completely understand! I lived there for a few YEARS and still did not see all I want to see.
      I have been to Orvieto a few times and it is very lovely with a similar feel to hilltop towns in Tuscany. Southern Tuscany (my favorite part) is not too much further than Orvieto. You can look into booking a wine tour on a tour website like TripAdvisor or Viator, but also your hotel is a wonderful resource to help you book a tour. You will need to make a reservation at each winery. It is not like Napa where you can show up at anytime.
      Honestly, the whole country of Italy is “wine country” from top to bottom. There are amazing wineries everywhere.
      Happy Anniversary and you’ll have to return for the 16th, 17th…

  4. Scarlett,
    Thank you for making this post! I found it on Pinterest while planning my 2-week Italian honeymoon, and I couldn’t be happier that I did, because it led me to your blog which has incredibly informative posts about literally everywhere we are going during our trip – not to mention your breathtaking fine art photos that make everywhere look sooooo dreamy!!! I am planning to use (well really, I already have used) you and your blog as my definitive Italy planning guide. So again, THANK YOU for your incredible organization, curation and recommendations! You rock!

  5. Thank you for the tips! My husband and I are planning 3-4 nights in Tuscany and are having a hard time deciding if we should make Florence our home base and visit different tuscan towns or to just stay in a tuscan town and do a day trip to Florence. What would you recommend? Would it be helpful to rent a car? We will be coming from Cinque Terre area – what would be the logistics of that?


    1. Hi Devyn,
      There are frequent trains leaving from La Spezia to Florence every day. I think your home base decision depends on what kind of vacation you are looking for… Do you see yourself spending time at a villa in the countryside with a pool? Or maybe a hotel in a smaller Tuscan town? Or do you want to be in a city filled with lots of options for dining, shopping and museums? It is helpful to have a car if you want to see multiple towns each day, but be sure to work out parking with your accommodation if you decide to stay in Florence.

  6. i HAVE 5 TP 6 DAYS IN TUSCANY REGION . in july…where can i stay kids have to travel from Amalfi , to a meeting point in tuscany where we start our travels …where to saty to get the feel of the country side?

    1. Hello Romica,
      Florence would probably be a great meeting point because your kids can easily take the train up from Naples. All of these towns I’ve mentioned in this post are wonderful. Val d’Orcia is one of my favorite areas of Tuscany to enjoy the countryside.

  7. Amazing! Would you say to have a home base and then do trips or just one area if you had 3-4 days?

      1. Dear scarlett,
        I’ve been reading your blogs and I am so interested in all the lovely suggestions that you post .
        My grandmother came to America from Grattaminarda, and my grandfather from Bonito .
        Can you recommend a way to get some of the family records etc .
        I know that my grandfather’s father had a family farm in Bonito . Family name :
        Martone .

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