For our honeymoon, my new bride and I are flying into Rome and staying a week at Il Pelicano in the Monte Argentario area during the first week in October. We've both travelled to other parts of Europe, but this is our first trip to Italy. We're renting a car at the Rome airport and would like to mix a few relaxing days at the resort and two or three day trips.
And we might take an early train to Florence (apparently via Pisa) for the day with the same plan---sightseeing, dinner, and return by train. I have considered a big train loop, going from Orbetello to Rome to then taking the fast train to Florence, then returning to Orbetello via Pisa. We know this would be a long day, getting back to the hotel in the wee hours of the morning.
Can we see Pitigliano, Sorano, and Sovana in a day? Orbetello to Sienna appears to be about two hours each way, so this one is a no brainer. Are nine hours in Florence worth seven hours of train travel? We're thinking the fast train might be fun and since neither of us have been to Italy before, we should see something of Florence.
This plan would give us three busy days (one by car) and four lazy days at the hotel. The restaurants at Il Pelicano are proably very expensive, but we may do one nice meal there. On the other lazy days we could drive into Porto Ercole or Orbetello for a long lunch and have some snacks and a nice bottle of wine back at the hotel for dinner.
If we decide on this plan, can I buy all the train tickets at the Orbetello Scalo station?
Suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated.