We are travelling to Rome (from Singapore) next month for 10 days and we've not made any progress as far as our bookings/itinerary is concerned! So far I've only booked hotel in Rome but I now realise I may have to change my plan! We plan to see Rome, Florence, Chianti, Siena and Almafi Coast. We plan to split 5 days for Tuscany region and another 5 days for Rome + Almafi Coast - sounds feasible?
Looking at the above, I guess it would make sense if we went straight from airport to Termini to catch another train to Florence on the day of our arrival, 21st Oct 2011 right?
So I also read that the best way to see Tuscany is really by car. So I was thinking of this -- would appreciate any feedback, i'm getting so confused.
1. Arrive Florence from Airport - check into hotel and stay there for all 5 days.
On day 2, I would rent a car (outside of that zone) and drive down to Chianti and Sienna -- what's the driving time like? And is it possible to do Chianti and Sienna in a day or better to break it up - i.e. 1 day for Chianti and one day for Sienna? Or stay?
Remaining days - drive to explore around Tuscany?
My husband and I are not huge wine drinkers but we love italian food so would want to do some cooking, if anyone has any great recommendations, that would be most appreciated.
Day 5: head for Florence train station and take a train back to Rome and hang around there for 5 days including a day trip to Almafi Coast.
I hope I'm not confusing anyone but this is by far one of the hardest trip for me to plan :(
Any feedback is most appreciated!