Subject: Siena and environs
Hello fellow travelers-- We are planning a trip to Italy's Tuscany and Umbria regions for June and are looking for suggestions on a number of fronts--

Does anyone know of day trips by bus to vineyards, without renting a car?

Has anyone rented a car and driven through the countryside? What was your experience like? Is a car rental really the best way to get around that area, or are there good day tours available?

Does anyone have a recommendation on a hotel in or near Siena? We'll be there June 26 and 27.

Suggestions on restaurants or trattoria would also be welcomed as well as any other recommendations of any sort.

Our itineray includes a week in Florence in an apartment, 5 nights in Rome at the Hotel delle Muse, 3 in Perugia at the Hotel Fortuna, and 2 in the Siena/Assisi area--hotel to be determined.

Thanks for the help!

Sue Sharon, Massachusetts