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Tuscany, Part 2

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Good Thursday morning to ya! Welcome to Part Two of our road trip through Tuscany :)

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

This was such a bittersweet day! It was our last day in Italy before taking a train to Rome that evening and getting on an early flight back home the next day.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

On our first day, we didn’t get started until after lunch, but our second day began early.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

I’ve got a map below that shows the driving routes we took through Tuscany, plus a few other routes that were suggested as the “Most Scenic Drives in Tuscany.” If you like, you can follow along on the map to get an idea of where we were for these photos, if you’re looking to plan a trip. :)

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

We started by taking the Red route from Siena, down the Orange route, then met up with the Yellow route and continued south.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

In the morning we stopped for a walk in Montisi — a beautiful village.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

We continued south on the Yellow route and had lunch in Pienza.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

I absolutely loved the charm and history of the hilltowns we visited. They were surrounded by tall, protective walls. Entry to the town was through a gate. The main road wound its way up to the top of the hill with shops, stores, and restaurants along the way. At the top were beautiful views, or a castle, or a church. Or all three.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

After lunch, we took the Blue loop around the San Quirico d’Orcia region.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

This was a beautiful area. I think the Red and Blue routes were my two favorites.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

House on a hill.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Field of flowers.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Little building.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

A couple.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

It was a beautiful spring day, and I was wearing capris and flip flops here, but I kind of wished I’d worn long pants with socks and shoes for these photos. In some places the grass was really tall! :)

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Wide open spaces.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

So much color!

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Tuscany sheep.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Wavy hills.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Storm rolling in.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road TripSee GPS Location on Map

A patchwork vineyard.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Afternoon.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road TripSee GPS Location on Map

Tuscan mountains.

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Purple mountains?

Guide to the Perfect Tuscany Road Trip

Our last photo in Tuscany.

 


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Here’s a map of  the routes we drove along on our two-day itinerary in Tuscany.

Day 1: From Siena: Red and Pink routes. Lunch in Asciano, dinner in Montepulciano. (Photos here)

Day 2: From Siena: Red, Orange, Yellow, routes. Stop in Montisi. Lunch in Pienza. Blue loop. Green, Yellow, and Red route back to Siena. Stopped for pastries at Pasticceria Peccati Di Gola. This was one of my favorite stops of our entire trip! A must-stop if you are a big fan of all things sweets and pastries like me. :)

Thanks so much for looking you guys! Have a great weekend! :)