We visited Tuscany in September and wanted one location which was central to many spots. This town is 15 minutes of the main freeway A1, and within an hour's drive of so many places.
We stayed in an apartment (80 euros per nite) at the top of a hill. There was a grocery, loaded with fantastic prosciuttos and pecorinos, a bakery, a fruit/veg store and a butcher shop. Farmers market every Wed. People spoke enough English so that our visit was very pleasant. The train makes a few stops each day into town, and the trip to Florence is only 1 hour. Easy, easy, easy. There were a couple of "bars" in town also.
This was not a tourist town, but we enjoyed such a great feel for the culture. I would not hesitate to return. This is a great spot to explore and set up a home base.