Monday, January 29, 2007

The Region

Set in the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany, Tenuta di Lupinari is easily accessed from the region's major towns and cities. Forty-five minutes drive from Florence, an hour or so from Pisa, thirty-five minutes from Siena and Arezzo, and roughly the same to the famed hill towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano and San Gimignano, you're bang in the middle of the Chianti region.

Indeed, a more central location in Italy might be hard to find, as it is a little over two and a half hours from Rome, an hour and forty minutes from Bologna, and maybe an hour and a bit from Perugia.

More information regarding directions, distances and maps can be found at

Be aware though that Lupinari is a rustic location and is not well-served by public transportation, so we strongly recommend renting a car so you have the flexibility to come and go as you please, and explore the rest of Tuscany.

The nearest town to Lupinari is Bucine. It is in no way a tourist town, nor is it exactly a metropolis, but it does have several restaurants, an excellent food co-op, and various shops selling things you might need. Be aware that in Italy almost all shops close at lunchtime for several hours and in smaller rural towns they tend to shut for longer. For example, we went to the florist in Bucine at 5.30 p.m. to discuss our wedding flowers because the shop was shut 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Also note that shops are shut on Sundays, ALL DAY. Only restaurants, gas/petrol stations and highway rest stops are open Sundays. This is important to remember. Even in the bigger towns and cities all the shops are shut.
You will find details of local restaurants and shops in your rooms at Lupinari.

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