My wife and I will be in Italy early May and we'll be driving from the Piedmont area to Florence for one of those days. I see 2 possible routes:
1. Middle of the country on the A1 toward Bologna and then over to Florence, about 3 hours, OR
2. Drive down the coast from Genova to Pisa and then over to Florence, about 5 hours.
This is our first time in Italy and while seeing the leaning tower would be nice it is not essential. I'm mainly considering the longer coast route because I'm assuming that (if it is truly along the coast) it would be spectacular, and it would give us a chance to try coastal cuisine... but it is 2 more hours of driving.
Any hounders' have suggestions on which way to go it would be greatly appreciated!