My friends and I are renting a villa in Tuscany (near Siena)for 1 month in July. What is the easiest way to get from the Florence airport to a small Tuscan town? We've been contemplating renting a car, but won't need it for the whole month. We're hoping to travel by train mostly.
I suggest you rent a car. It can easily be returned in Siena (Avis) if you only need it for a short time.
However, visiting Tuscany and Umbria is best done by car. there are some bus services but with a month and more than 1 person a car is a must. Driving is easy in Tuscany. I have done it and was very glad I did. Get a small car so parking will be easier. Train service is minimal in and thru Tuscany. Check Trenitalia website to see train routes.
Debra, if you know you can get the train from where you are staying you can at least visit the main cities, but the smaller town would probably require taking the bus and you could spend a lot of time waiting. We only had three weeks and wanted to visit the smaller towns, so we rented a car. For people staying more than three weeks a lease is usally a better deal than a rental, plus you get a new car. You should check it out. Roads are easy to navigate. I don't recommend driving at night though, as the Italians are very creative drivers. Have a wonderful trip.