Following some of your suggestions, we have made the decision to head from the Pisa airport first to Montepulciano for three nights, then up to Sienna for eight, and finally to Lucca for five. We are now looking for a place in Montepulciano and have contacted the Albergo Duomo. Any comments on it or other suggestions? We plan to rest a day there and then tour that area. For Sienna we booked the highly regarded Palazzo Ravizza; thanks for that! They even offered an upgrade since it is our 40th!!!! For Lucca the plan is La Romea, but they have not sent a reply yet. Once we finalize the lodgings, we will pursue the side trips. The Cinques Terre out of Lucca looks wonderful if you have any reactions on how to visit one or more of those towns from Lucca. Thanks for your expertise!