Subject: ZINE Travel in Tuscany: Siena, hilltowns.
Hi Paul-

there is a lot to see between Florence and Siena:

for example, there is the Cassian road S.S.2 which connects the two cities, and runs through our countryside and nice little villages uphill (San Casciano, Tavarnelle, Barberino val d'Elsa which is worth a visit); once a t Tavarnelle you could reach up to San Donato in Poggio where a charming church is expenting your visits;

I remember, when was in Florence, sometimes I chose an alternative way: Galluzzo, Cerbaia, direction Montespertoli, turning left to San Pancrazio, San Quirico, then La Romita, then again the Cassian road to Tavarnelle and onwards;

still on the Cassian road, before climbing up to Tavarnelle, you could climb left up to Badia a Passignano, where you will find a magnificent abbey managed by Benediktiner monks;

from Florence, you could choose the way to the Chianti side, direction Greve in Chianti, then Radda, Gaiole (with Barbischio and Vertine), then directly to Siena - if not, you could turn to Castellina in Chianti, then direction Poggibonsi (the town where I live) driving through a very wide cypress-wood - in this area I can't give you any advice, because everything is to be seen (nature, vineyards, olive hains, villages, ruins, castles, farms, villas);

when you arrive in Poggibonsi, there is a beautiful Basilica with a Franciscan monastery, a precious fountain and a Medicean fortress nearby;

driving to Siena, why don't climb up to San Gimignano?

then, again along the Cassian road, you will pass through the medieval village of Staggia, and under the walls of Monteriggioni - there, you could turn right and follow the signs to Badia a Isola, where you will find another charming church.

Then you can reach Siena.

I'll be glad to give you more details if you need them.