We are a family of four (kids ages 3 and 9) hoping to come to Italy the first week of July. We fly in and out of Milan. We live in NYC so we love the lush, scenic countryside (especially mountains-to-sea!), crystal blue water, mountains, etc...
We decided to come in July instead of April so that it would be warm enough to swim for the kids. We are very interested in the agriturismos because we would love a more authentic, countryside experience and we get more space and bang for our buck. I've found some lovely ones in Tuscany. But I would like to experience the north, too, as we are flying into Milan. Would it be feasible to do a 10-12 day trip where we take the fast train from Milan to Florence, rent a car and stay in the Tuscan countryside, and then head to either a coastal town on the Ligurian coast OR Lake Como/Garda and then back to Milan? If so, is it easier to get to a coastal town from Tuscany or to Lake Como/Garda? And does anyone have agriturismos to recommend on the coast or one of the lakes?