I'm a frequent Caribbean traveler and am often on the Caribbean forums, but am just starting to consider a trip to Italy in June 2015 for my 40th birthday. This would be my first trip to Italy, so please bear with my rookie questions. I've checked out the FAQs section, but would still like additional information.
My husband and I would be traveling with another a couple and are talking about renting a villa in Tuscany. We'd like to visit other regions, particularly Rome and the Amalfi Coast, but we may only have a week so I don't want to overbook us with scheduled sightseeing. Would Tuscany be a good base? I understand the trains in Italy are easy to navigate. Would it make more sense to spend a few days in each Tuscany, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast?
There's so much of Italy I'd like to see, but am happy to just stick with a few options for this trip (because of limited time) and visit other areas during another trip. My husband and I are foodies and we all love wine, so we don't want to miss that wonderful Tuscan experience. However, we're open to off-the-beaten path suggestions. We prefer the non touristy areas when traveling, but I'm not educated enough on Italy to know where those places are. We'd also like to consider a cooking class (yes, I guess that's the epitome of "touristy" in Italy - lol).
Thanks for any help you can provide.