My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy. Air travel has been purchased; we arrive in Florence midday Friday, February 28, 2014 and depart early the morning of March 20.
We are now trying to plan our travels, staying in the Tuscany and Umbria regions, and will post this in both forums. We were in Florence several years ago, and now want to explore other Tuscan/Umbria areas.
Our thought is to travel via train to Pisa the afternoon we arrive in Florence, and spend two nights. Leaving some luggage in Pisa (we hope. Any suggestions?), take the train to Cinque Terre for three nights. Return to Pisa; retrieve the balance of our luggage and pickup a rental car for the remainder of our trip. We would return the car to Pisa on March 19; take the train to Florence for our last night before flying home.
We would like to rent apartments or houses in small villages where we would be able to walk to dinner, and then make day trips by car to explore the region. Ideally we would like to limit the number of times we move, spending more time in one spot to get the feel for the town and its people.
A little background:
• We are what is referred to as senior citizens, however do not exhibit any of the problems normally associated with that age group.
• We are from the US, and have traveled extensively in rental cars in Ireland, UK, and France relying heavily on a Garmin GPS.
• We would like to avoid large cities, and limit driving to rural areas, preferring back roads to highways; we are more interested in the travel than hurrying to the destination.
• We will try to avoid driving in any large towns, preferring to walk or if necessary take public transportation.
• Our interests lie in exploring rural farm areas, historical sites, history museums, getting to interact with the locals.
We would appreciate any recommendations you could make, either general about our trip, or specific as to must “see and do” and places to stay.
Thank you for your input.