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Tuscany day trip from Orvieto

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Tuscany day trip from Orvieto


We are looking for a nice day trip suggestion in Tuscany from our base in Orvieto. The last time we were there we visited Spoleto, Montepulciano, and Civita di Bagnoregio. We will have our own car and have never to been to Siena or Assisi. Would you recommend these towns? Can they be done in one day? We are a very active family of 4 and would have spent several days relaxing pool side in Orvieto. We are looking for a town with plenty of charm and history but not too overwhelming or crowded (even though it will be mid-late August). Please let me know your thoughts or if you recommend other towns and why. Thanks in advance!

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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1. Re: Tuscany day trip from Orvieto

I recommend Pitigliano!

Knoxville, Tennessee
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2. Re: Tuscany day trip from Orvieto

You might note that Assisi is in Umbria, not Tuscany. Siena is pretty far north of Orvieto. If you liked Montepulciano, you might try Montalcino or Pienza. Both of those are much closer to Orvieto. FWIW, I like all of them.

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Southern Tuscany places like Pitigliano. Lago di Bolsena. Bolsena itself as a small town deserves your time. Montefiascone certainly has a reason to visit this place. Chiesa di Santa Cristina. Maybe Todi and Terni in Umbria, Narni and Amelia are two small twin towns in Umbria. Viterbo for sure. Pitigliano would be a first choice too. Tarquinia has much to keep you there for a day - Necropoli di Monterozzi, Museo Nazionale Tarquiniese, Chiesa di Santa Maria in Castello, Civitavevecchia is south on the coast but far enough to make the distance large. Yet there is a Museo nazionale archeologico with Tuscania to keep you busy. Hope this helps.

Montepulciano, Italy
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Picking up on the plenty of charm and not overwhelmingly crowded, in addition to the excellent suggestions already put forward consider the very pretty Umbrian towns that straddle the Tuscan border, I'm thinking Città delle Pieve, Paciano and Panicale, all slightly off the main tourist radar but very beautiful and interesting to explore. Good restaurants too in all. Two more small gems just over in Tuscany and that’s Cetona and next door San Casciano dei Bagni. Again, not exactly places that automatically roll off the tongue of even regular visitors but both too pretty for words and, again, home to some of the best places to eat in southern Tuscany. Obviously, both Siena and Assisi are must sees and rightly deserve their reputations but both will be absolutely packed with tourists, and sadly Siena doesn’t manage the mass tourism it now sees well. I would leave both for another trip at a different time of year.

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THANK you all for the wonderful tips and advice. We are leaning towards a relaxing day in Pienza and saving Siena/Assisi for a future trip. Thanks again.

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Pienza would have been my first choice! Latte di Luna is a wonderful place for lunch!


Edited: 09 August 2018, 01:15
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