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Rome to Florence itinerary choices

waldrons | Mar 2, 200803:58 PM

Looking over maps, guide books, etc., it appears that I have 2 choices for an interesting 5 day drive between Rome and Florence:

Heading north and west (but staying away from the coast), via places like Viterbo, Orvieto, Chiusi, Montepulciano, then Siena, Poggibonsi, Greve in Chianti to Florence.

Or, heading north and east into the mountains, via Rieti, Terni, Spoleto, Norcia, Assisi, Perugia, then Siena and so on to Florence.

Any thoughts on which is the better itinerary (for food and sightseeing)? Are we trying to cover too much area? (I know you could technically do this in one day, but we don't do death marches any more!)

Thanks for any help!

San Francisco, CA

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