Thanks to everyone who contributes to the questions on TA forums. And I'm sorry to probably ask the same question over again, but I really need some feedback. (And thanks for the responses when I posted last month.) FYI we are a 50 year old couple in pretty good shape so able to walk a lot. We like history, architecture, churches, etc. but do not really care for art museums.
Visiting the first two weeks in October, really 12 days total, includes the day we arrive (which I know is hard from jet lag), but doesn't include the day we fly out. So 12 days and 12 nights. We want to fly in and out of Rome so we can go non-stop.
Originally I was thinking 7 days in a hilltop town (and doing the wagon wheel strategy) and 5 days in Rome. But after reading some guidebooks, posts on this forum, and talking to friends, I'm rethinking our plan. Here's my idea:
Drive to Florence and drop off the rental car. Spend 2 or 3 nights in Florence.
Take the train to Rome and spend 4 nights in Rome. (Which would really be 3 1/2 days.)
I'm a bit torn about how many days to stay in each area (particulary Siena and Florcence.) I want to limit the time we're checking in and out of hotels, but would also like to sample the evenings in different areas as well. I know our plans really depend on what we like, but appreciate any feedback!Edited: 5:03 pm, June 14, 2012