I am in the process of planning 16 days of adventure to celebrate a very special birthday the end of October. We are flying in and out of Milan and in addition to fulfilling my dream of celebrating the big event in Tuscany, we will be spending time in Venice, Florence and Cirque Terre. We are not going to Naples or Rome. Ideally, I would like to rent a villa in Tuscany for a week that is centrally located so we don't have to pack up every few days. Does anyone have any recommendations of a town? We are planning to rent a car for that week so we can go to the vineyards in the country etc. Any restaurant recommendations would also be greatly appreciated. Should we plan on spending a few days in Florence and then heading to the less populated areas? Friends have recommended Bologna, Lucca and Radda. We want to "experience Italy" not be a typical tourist and have found dining with the locals is always more enjoyable and we're usually served better food at a lower cost. Is 3 days in Milan and 3 days in Venice and the remaining 9 days in Tuscany the right amount of time to relax, eat delicious food. drink great wines and enjoy Italy? Thank you for assisting me so my dream can come true!