As others, I am also having a heck of a time trying to decide if staying in Florence is better then a small town, perhaps in a villa. I'm arriving Rome, staying 5 nights then plan to go to Florence. Maybe 5-7 nights. I;m not a city person, and love the idea of staying is a villa or small B&B in wine country. We are also planning on 2 nights in cinque Terre, (part of the 5-7 nights). All that being said, Florence looks more practical to stay in with making day trips to all the other places; just want to make absolutely sure there is no other way to do this. I'm looking into doing some hiking in the Tuscany countryside, maybe bike/vespa tours, and what ever else I can find. Please HELP! Also, we're not planning on a car, but I know if we stay out of the city ,we'll need to.