I love finding a place in Italy and parking it there for an extended period of time. I believe this is THE best way to connect with the people and have as close to a true cultural experience as a tourist. Not to mention this is a great way to save money, decrease travel time and get to actually relax.
I will be listing a few of my favorites towns to home base in for travelers that are using public transportation only. Unlike the US, it is fairly easy to get around using just the train systems.
I love Cortona. One of my favorite restaurants is here. Also my favorite weekly market. And wine store. And antique store. You get the idea. The town itself can keep you busy for a few days. Florence, Assisi, Orvieto, Spello and Perguia are all within easy train distance.
My very first hilltown I visited when I was 19. You can never shake your first love. Orvieto gets loads of attention because of its location near the autostrada, but it still maintains its beauty and charm. Evenings are exceptional here. My favorite handbag store in within the walls of Orvieto. The views are some of the absolute best. Easy connections from Orvieto by either bus or train are Rome, Florence, Cortona, Civita, Bolsena, Chiusi and Montepulciano.
If you are planning time on the coast, stretch it out and really make a vacation out of it. So many people rush in and out of this area. Vernazza is my favorite home base for seeing the other four villages of the Cinque Terre. There is more to be visited in the area by easy train connections like Portofino, Portovenere and Sestri Levante.
To be continued…….
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