Hello TA folks,
My family and I (2 parents and 2 adult children) are hoping to visit Tuscany from December 23 – December 30 before we get on a cruise in Civitavecchia on December 30. Our plan is to take out a rental car out from FCO around 830am on December 30 and return it in Civitavecchia on December 30 mid-day; this will be the third time that we’ve done this so we are comfortable with the details regarding this portion of the trip. However, both times we headed south of FCO before returning the rental car in Civitavecchia. So, this will be the first time driving to Tuscany. Though we’ve been to Florence before and a revisit would be nice, we just don’t think it is a good idea to cram it into this trip. I’ve been reading a lot of TA reviews to decide on our Christmas in Tuscany itinerary and am hoping any TA Tuscany experts would be able to provide suggestions to improve it. Thanks in advance.
Sun Dec 23 around 830am – drive from FCO to Siena. Staying at Hotel Athena so will park our rental car there. Ask hotel reception to make dinner reservations for the next 3 nights. Walk around the town and maybe a quick lunch at Pizzicheria de Miccoli. If unable to buy online/via email ahead of time, stop at Duomo di Siena to see if can buy “Opa Si” pass and the tickets to “Gate of Heaven” Tour for tomorrow. Probably will get to bed by 8pm so dinner will somewhere quick and near the hotel – any suggestions?
Mon Dec 24 - Check out Siena by perhaps doing a wine tasting or walking foodie tour with the Tuscan Wine School, provided that they are actually not closed for Christmas! Siena Duomo visit and the “Gate of Heaven” tour and double check mass schedule. Check out Piazza del Duomo. Hopefully, dinner tonight will be at La Taverna di San Giuseppe.
Tue Dec 25 – Just wander the town, checking out Piazza del Campo. Public Holiday Mass 8am, 11am, 1215am (6pm eve of Holiday) at Duomo di Siena (need to double check mass schedule). Hopefully, dinner tonight will be at Ristorante Bagoga.
Wed Dec 26 – Using a local driver/guide, visit Chianti (at this time thinking the towns Greve and Castellina and would like to also visit 2 of these 3 vineyards: Castello Vicchiomaggio, Castello di Verrazzano, and Tenuta Casanova). Any recommendations for lunch in case lunch at any of the vineyard visits isn’t possible. Hopefully, we will travel at least one way via the scenic SR222 Chiantigiana. Dinner at Antica Osteria da Divo back in Siena.
Thu Dec 27 – Check out of Hotel Athena and drive rental car to Montepulciano and check in at Osteria Del Borgo B&B (where to park rental car) and make reservation for dinner tonight. A quick lunch at La Casa di Edel. Maybe visit one of the 4 cellars we are interested in (Cantina del Redi, Cantina de' Ricci, Cantina Ercolani Citta Sotterranea, and Contucci Cantine) this afternoon. Dinner at Osteria Del Borgo - right below the B&B!
Fri Dec 28 - Drive rental car to Montalcino to spend the day and perhaps stop at Podere Le Ripi or Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona and then Sant’Antimo Abbey before reaching Montalcino town. Lunch in town at Re di Macchia. Stroll through town and climb Fortezza di Montalcino and visit enoteca there. Any recommendations for dinner here or should we return for dinner in Montepulciano so we can enjoy wine with our dinner?
Sat Dec 29 – Check out Montepulciano town, visiting Sangallo's Tempio di San Biagio and the other 3 cellars in Montepulciano. Lunch at La Vineria di Montepulciano. Dinner tonight at La Bottega del Nobile.
Sun Dec 30 – Check out of Osteria Del Borgo B&B and drive rental car to Civitavecchia. On the way to Civitavecchia, stop in Civita di Bagnoreggio or Cascate del Mulino Via della Follonata.