In a month my husband and my adult children will be spending a few days at Salvadonica, an agriturismo at San Casciano in Val di Pesa, a half-hour south of Florence. This property offers (for a fee) wine and olive oil tastings, cooking classes, guided walks around the property, and a whole host of other activities, all of which sound wonderful. But our time is limited, we have a budget, and there is way more to do in Tuscany than we have time for during our brief stay. I would love to hear from anyone who has stayed at Salvadonica as to whether they've taken advantage of any of these activities and, if so, whether they recommend them. Thanks!
We stayed in OliveTreeHill.com, a top rated B&B outside Zagarolo. Our host cooked for us and was a great tourguide. There are so many travel sights in the Roman suburbs that are overlooked by the vast majority of travelers. The above website has some listed. Zagarolo is where they had gymnasiums training gladiators and the industry was making bronze soldier's helmets.
Just make sure where you stay has easy access to the commuter trains going into Rome.