I'm just starting to plan my 18 day trip to Italy for next year and I need a little help. After spending 4 days in Rome, train to Venice for 4 days, I plan on taking a train to ?? (somewhere hopefully you will recommend) in the Tuscany area. I WILL rent a car for sure as I want to explore many different towns and have the flexibility to move around. I'm not set on how many days I will be there but I have anywhere from 5-8 days in that area (as well as Cinque Terre) before dropping the car off and back to Rome for my flight
I did a lot of reading... I will tell you a few things that I like and don't and hopefully you can help me .
My girlffriend and I (37-30) love to drive around little towns, stop for food, visit markets and pretty much just walk around. We do not like art and museums that much, but will visit one or 2 if recommended. We do not like RED wine either... only white. Is there a section that is better known for their white wine? I am a amateur photographer and will most likely stop at every mile to take a few shots!. I'm not too crazy about staying in a villa, are there small hotels/boutique hotels in areas outside bigger cities (Florence, Siena ... ).
Not sure what else you need to know... this will be our "relaxed" week after Venice and Rome... we pretty much just want to wander around and visit a few good spots, have good food and WHITE wine!! :-)
I would like recommendations for a base to be able to drive around and come back every night to the same hotel. any sites for car rentals in that area ?
That's it for now, please let me know if you need me to be more specific about certain things
Thanks for your help