We have been to Italy once before and visited Rome, Venice and Florence, we saw all the main museums, etc. We are meeting a group from our home town which will go from Venice to Milan over 6 days with tours and winetasting. We are planning on arriving 5-6 days early and would like to go to smaller towns in Tuscany. We did a trip like this in France in 2017, we started in Lyon and drove no more than 1-1.5 hours per day, stopped in a village by noon, parked the car, stayed in a central hotel or B & B. I was done driving for the day. We then walked to the various sites, wine tasted and enjoyed ourselves.
Can we do that in Tuscany? We enjoy seeing some sights like Churches but we are more about food and wine and being in a village or smaller town. I hope to visit some wineries, but will limit consumption.
I am considering flying into Rome or Florence then renting a car, eventually drive or train to Venice to meet my group. Again any suggestions are appreciated.
I have heard Orvieto is very nice, Montalcino, Siena. Appreciate any input on a route and towns to visit. We have been to the Amafi Coast, but not Pisa or Lucca.