Can anyone recommend some villages in central or southern Tuscany to use as a base for six days for exploring Tuscany?
We will be spending two nights prior in Florence so no need to be near there, however we will likely do one day trip back up north to visit Lucca.
We currently have reserved a farm B&B just outside of Monteroni d'Arbia (for €90/night) and while it seems excellent, we are concerned that we want to be able to leave our place without a car (by foot or bike) or have a dinner with plenty of wine and walk back home. We are urbanites through and through, so I'm also concerned that staying in the middle of nowhere for a week may drive me a little crazy even if the goal is to relax in the Tuscan countryside.
So I am looking for good village/town options perhaps where there are a few restaurants, a market, beautiful landscape, and generally the ability to stroll around for half a day without worrying about the car. Ideally, it would be accessible, i.e. within a 1 hour drive to sites in Chianti, hill-towns west of Siena, and the Montepulciano area.
Also, I am also really trying to avoid touristy spectacles and wine tours and such, so I would welcome suggestions that are a bit more off the beaten path, if that's even possible.
Lots of conditions, I know, and there probably aren't places that perfect, but I would welcome your thoughts.