Advice travel to Tuscany

survresgrp

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My son who is 27 wants to take me (the Mom) to Tuscany in November 2012 as a birthday gift. We would like to drive to small towns and stay in or near one. Also, we would like to take one or two cooking classes. I have been to Florence many years ago. Just want to enjoy the true Tuscany. What about Chianti? Would like to socialize so maybe a B&B with private bath would be best. What advice can you give us for a 5 or 6 day trip?
 

Lourdes

The Tuscan Expert ;-)
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Chianti is a great base for 5-6 days, with rental car to move around

Sounds like a wonderful birthday gift!!

Chianti would be a great base. I'd recommend renting a car in Florence, then driving out to Chianti for your 5-6 days. Chianti is very central and from there you can both enjoy the surrounding countryside as well as day trips to other parts of Tuscany. You can read more about the car rental from Florence here: http://www.visitflorence.com/florence-car-rental/

You can then visit Florence as well on a day trip, drive around Chianti (read more about the towns here: http://www.chianti.com/ ), visit San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Monteriggioni, Pisa... there are many choices.
Here is an itinerary for 5 days in Tuscany:
http://www.discovertuscany.com/itineraries-in-tuscany/five-days-in-tuscany.html

As for B&Bs, I'd recommend the following:

http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/palazzo-malaspina.html - small b&b in a small medieval walled village close to the Firenze-Siena roadway, making it ideal for day trips. Also just great place with delicious homemade cakes and jams for breakfast made by Maria. She can help or direct you to cooking classes nearby.
http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/casolare-di-libbiano.html - great small b&b in the countryside closer to San Gimignano in farmhouse and large garden. offers cooking classes directly at the b&b.
http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/tenuta-quadrifoglio.html - has both apartments and rooms, offers cooking classes too I believe.
http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/relais-poggio-borgoni.html - B&B on a farmhouse also provides win tastings, olive oil and has own restaurant. Very centrally located.

For additional accommodation in Chianti, take a look here:
http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/chianti-accommodation/
http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/chianti-bed-and-breakfasts/

Hope these ideas are useful, let me know if you have any other questions!
 

bellu

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My son who is 27 wants to take me (the Mom) to Tuscany in November 2012 as a birthday gift. We would like to drive to small towns and stay in or near one. Also, we would like to take one or two cooking classes. I have been to Florence many years ago. Just want to enjoy the true Tuscany. What about Chianti? Would like to socialize so maybe a B&B with private bath would be best. What advice can you give us for a 5 or 6 day trip?



I suggest a gourmet weekend with a florentine family!
 
Tuscany is one of Italy's top travel destinations. Tuscany has beautiful scenery, vineyards, historic cities and art, and medieval hill towns. Its a great idea to visit there.
 
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