Just looking at Google maps and its sending us via major highways which loop around the perimeter of Florence in about 4.5 hours. If I route it along coastal roads through Ravenna, its giving me 6 hours, which is a max driving time I think.
I prefer the idea of taking secondary roads, but if it will have us sitting in heavy traffic congestion much of the way (July 27th), then maybe not.
I'd appreciate any recommendations for a route that takes us along some pretty country roads, avoids serious traffic congestion and tolls as much as possible and perhaps an attractive stopping point in the middle of the day. How does my mapped route look? Or would you advise something different?