My husband and I are going to Rome spring 2012. He has won this trip from his work. I don't have the itinerary yet, but typically these trips will have us there for about 5 days. We are planning on adding another 5-7 days on our own, either before or after Rome. My question is...where should we go? I want to see everything, go everywhere, north to south! But, I also don't want to spend the time time on the train or in the car driving one place to another. I'd rather stay in one or two places that we can use as a home base and take a day trip or two from those locations.
I am just starting my research, so I am open to lots of suggestions to research before I start narrowing it down. Neither of us know Italian at all, but I hope to become somewhat traveler literate by the time we go.
Thanks in advance to any help/suggestions you all can give! We've never been led wrong by TA suggestions!