I stayed in Assisi for four days last Spring and walked all over the countryside, took the train sometimes between the small towns (thought it only ran a few times a day, so I had to plan well) and absolutely LOVED it! Once you got out of Assisi into the smaller towns there were few to no tourists, wineries, cooking classes, ancient churches and beautiful views.
I'm thinking about taking a trip to Tuscany next year but am wondering if the things I loved in Umbria are also in Tuscany? I've heard you "have" to rent a car in Tuscany, but hate to drive (thus why I walked 8km between towns in Umbria and took the train back). I love history, but hate tourist traps. Would anyone who's been to both places recommend Tuscany to me? Or are the things I loved about one part of my stay in the Italian countryside not relevant in Tuscany?