We finished our 12-day RS tour of Tuscany today; a few quick thoughts:
Florence was jam-packed; venues were all very busy, even though we were able to visit some of the museums fairly easily with our RS guide. Would I recommend Florence right now? Not at all.
The rest of the Tuscany visits were very nice; Siena was busy but not overwhelming, and my wife and I both loved it, enjoyed it more than Florence by far.
Today we arrived in the Cinque Terre for a 2-day extension; it's an absolute zoo here. The crowds, especially just after a train unloads, are almost overwhelming. We're traveling with my brother and his wife, and all of us are seriously underwhelmed, even though the view is very nice. Would I recommend the Cinque Terre right now? No way.
We were in Italy a year ago March, when things were just opening back up, and it was wonderful to visit sites in Rome, Naples, Venice; right now it's pretty crazy, with so many tourists everywhere. Not what we expected here in the Cinque Terre.
Maybe tomorrow will be better, but were not very hopeful, honestly, and we're very happy travelers, look for the good in our visits--but being here is like being in an Italian Disneyworld.