We spent 6 days in Tuscany, followed by 3 days in Bologna mid to end of June 2013.
We flew into Bologna, rented a car for the Tuscany portion, then returned it to the airport upon our return in Bologna.
We are two 30-something sisters and our 50-something mom. Our main objective was to explore the hill towns. We are into photography, so beautiful scenery was a must. Museums were not a priority.
Part of the reason we chose Bologna was because mom really wanted to take a cooking class and some "food tours" and Bologna seemed to fit the bill.
I have blogged about our trip here, which has mostly the same commentary I will post below, plus the photos to go along:
My trip report for the Tuscany portion can be found here: