I have always wanted to go to Italy & the opportunity just came up. The only problem is we decided on Sun & made plan reservations & are leaving a week from Friday! I feel like I'm cramming for finals doing this research. I have reservations in Rome for the 1st 3 nights staying near much of tourist places (Colisseum, etc) I wanted to be close enough to walk to most attractions. We are also going to be spending a couple of nights each in Florence, Siena & back to Rome last night. There seems to be lots of good info on Rome & Florence. I didn't see much on Siena. We would also like to rent a car one day & do some of the small towns near Siena. I would appreciate any suggestions of places or things not to miss (including food). The people on Chowhound always steer us right which has resulted in some wonderful experiences & best meals of our lives. (Ex. last fall @ Cyrus).
The only night I haven't book is the last night back in Rome. I thought maybe we should stay in a different area, but someplace that will still be easy to get to airport early Mon. morning. Any suggestions? Should we try near Vatican, guess there is supposed to be a quiet area that is all pedestrian. I would love someplace with a view of the Vatican if we do that. Any other ideas? Since we are taking trains & buses most of the trip I tried to put us right in the cities so we could walk to restaurants etc. The last part is in Siena, so don't know if we are going to be looking for action or quiet our last day. I'm not quite sure what to expect from Siena, it sounds nice but possibly quieter, I'm still trying to research. Most of yesterday spent on lodging, etc. Thanks for any help sorry for such a long post.