I have been looking through various tips already posted, so much information - thank you to everyone who posts.
Am looking for tips as to good places to base myself for several days at a time and take day trips from there. The list below is too long and needs to be cut back...at least cut back to a few base places to stay.
I'm there for 3 weeks, will be traveling by train where possible, then heading to Berlin.
I have an art history background, so part of the trip is to take in some key museums and architecture in Rome/Florence/Padua and maybe Ravenna. I do get museum fatigue though, and I don't like touristed places, so there is only so much sight seeing I can do.
My second aim for Italy is walking in Italy.
I have based a lot of these places around a book I have on walking in Italy so I can just experience Italy.
The basic plan is something like this:
Fly into Rome
Possibly a trip to Sperlonga then:
Rome-Assissi : (other options for either staying or day trips: Perugia umbria, spoleto, spello, foligno)
Assissi - Siena
Radda - Florence
It's a long list, but I actually just want to make things as simple as possible and enjoy my time rather than tick boxes. Any tips on really good places to base yourself would be appreciated, and tips on what could be cut off the list to make it easier and more pleasant to plan and travel.
Also, my Italian is poor, which is major consideration.