Florence - Rome, places of interest for a 1 day self drive?
Hi there, we are planning to drive from Florence to Rome on the 4th June'11.
Any recommendations as to what would be really worth while visiting en-route?,
any suggestions for a good midway stop for something to eat?
any suggestions for the best route to take?
I recommend you take the A1 autostrada from Florence to Rome. Take a look at www.viamichelin.com for direction of A1. For stops it all depends how much time you have. Option 1: Exit a Val di Chiana - drive toward Sinalunga and visit beautiful Relais Locanda Amorosa for lunch at 'Le Coccole dell'Amorosa' www.amorosa.it. Option 2: If you would like to experience more of the Tuscan Landscapes pass the Locanda take direction toward Pienza a picture perfect hill town with amazing views. June is a great month to visit as there is an abundance of Red Poppies growing over the hill tops. Have lunch at Il Rosselino a small husband and wife run Restaurant. Option 2: You could experience another Region like Umbria. Take exit Orvieto and arrive in one of the most breathtaking hill towns where you will find a number of great places to eat and experience ! Buone Vacanze !
driving in south direction you can make a detour for Siena, another amazing city to visit, or Cortona a small medieval village at the edge with Umbria; i don't know a very good eat stop in Siena (not difficult to find at all), but in Cortona you will find 2 very small gems, Trattoria Dardano & La Loggetta, both in the centre, i prefear the first with his fried porcini! If you want to visit Umbria i'll reccomend a stop at Trasimeno Lake, with an amazing fish restaurant called Sottovento, they are friend of mine.
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You should be able to visit Siena, Montalcino, Pienza during your Pentolina stay or on the way from or to. thus between Florence and Rom you could make a straight run down the A1 and a stop at one of the nearby destinations, Orvieto, Cortona, etc. Orvieto is a great stop for a few hours with many restaurant choices and a good place to pick up food souvenirs, oil, mushrooms, chocolate etc in addition to an amazing setting and cathedral..
This topic has been discussed on this board before. I would suggest going to the upper right hand corner of the page and doing searches for both Tuscany and Umbria. You should be able to find a large number of helpful suggestions.