|Subject: Re: Southern Tuscany|
We saw some interesting small towns that we liked: Bagno Vignoni which has a pool instead of a town square and Pienza, with a marvellous square. You must visit there if you haven't.
If you were interested in further north, you could stay in Siena or San Gimignano. We stayed in San Gimignano last time and it was magical after dark. Restaurants are a little pricey and there are too many tourists during part of the day. Parking is a problem - you would have to walk to your car outside the walls. But it is worth it!
If it were later in the year, you might consider staying near San Antimo near Montalcino and the village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate for the archetypal Tuscan landscapes. However, since the sun sets early at that time of year, a larger centre would be better. Montalcino is just minutes away from the Abbey of San Antimo and might provide what you are looking for. It is a more workaday town than Montepulciano, a hilltop town. Montepulciano is very attractive with enough cafes and restaurants to keep you busy. However it is a workout just walking around in the town. Check that out before you book if it is a concern.
Where are you staying near Firenze?
Frances Toronto, Canada