This is a very general - and therefore probably very annoying - question, but I am organising a weekend break for my best friend for her 30th birthday in August. She loves Italy and lived in Florence for a while, but we are both great lovers of the countryside and keen wine drinkers.
I love the idea of taking her to Tuscany for the weekend, but don't know the area at all. I am considering other areas, which is why I have not had the time to investigate the area in as much detail as I'd like, and is why my questions are very broad!
Basically I'm looking for advice on the best area to spend the weekend. A nice inexpensive B&B style hotel in rolling fields with easy access to local vineyards, nice restaurants and a generally relaxing, easy going, traditional feel. Is there a specific area in Tuscany I should be looking for?
I'm also looking for information on transfers from the airport (which I believe is Pisa). Is it sensible to pre-book a private transfer or are there buses or alternative/cheaper ways of reaching the area?
Apologies once again for such a broad query, but I very much look forward to your suggestions and advice.