My husband and I are hoping to go on a 2 week belated honeymoon at the beginning of May. After doing lots of research I'm still so torn on where to stay in Tuscany/how best to organize the trip. I'll list out what I was trying to do/want to do, but would love to get opinions from people who have travelled there and best use of our time!
We haven't booked anything so at this point everything in the plan is flexible. We are wanting to stick with Rome, Tuscany and Cinque Terre. We will be flying from the East Coast and I have a feeling we will find Rome to be the easiest to fly in and out of.
About us: Early/Mid 30s. We both like history -- museums/churches are good but do not want to get burnt out early in the trip since Rome will be heavy on those. Husband is an adventurous eater and loves meat, we both are very excited about doing some wine tastings and we love to cook so possibly taking a class!
Would love to find an agriturismo outside of Florence and have heard wonderful things about Montepulciano so thats why I thought we'd attempt to stay there -- not sure if I'm giving it too much time though -- but figured we could do day trips around? Suggestions?
Car -- okay so I'm hearing its the best way to get around Tuscany, which makes sense. But looking into it, renting the car is $$$ + that doesn't include fuel which is also $$$. It would be nice if we are doing wineries and such not to have to worry about a car anyway. I'm wondering if hiring a driver/finding a small group tour would be the smarter/more cost effective route to go?
Sat, April 30 Arrive in Rome, train to Florence
Sun May 1 Florence
Mon May 2 Florence/Siena(?) ** Car vs Train/bus? ->Montepulciano
Tues May 3 Montepulciano
Wed May 4 Montepulciano
Thurs May 5 Montepulciano
Fri May 6 Pisa (Stop for a few hours)/Cinque Terre *Car drop off vs Train/Bus?
Sat May 7 Cinque Terre
Sun May 8 Cinque Terre
Mon May 9 Cinque Terre/ Rome *Train
Tues May 10 Rome
Wed May 11 Rome
ThursMay 12 Rome
Fri May 13 Rome
Sat May 14 Head home
Any suggestions are welcome!
Thank you so much!