Just beginning to think about trip to Tuscany in 2011 and am learning lots from reading all the tips here on TA. My best friend and I are leaving the men at home and spending our 50th birthdays somewhere in Tuscany.
We have both been to Florence before but only for a few days so we would want to spend some days there again before heading off to a "base" for a week or so. I had to choose a local forum here on TA so put in Siena as I'm thinking this may be a good starting point? Although I understand the Lucca area is also very lovely.
HOWEVER - I don't think either of us want the stress of driving so I know we are now limited as to where we can stay...local buses and trains will be our mode of transport. Given this - which area/village do you think we could stay that would still give us the opportunity to do day trips here and there. It would be lovely to have some grocery/market shops and restaurants within walking distance but still be peaceful enough for us to "slow down" in! Any advice or suggestions will be gratefully received:)