We are a couple in our 50's travelling from Florence on Sept 6 needing to be in Rome on Sept 14th. We will hire a car and enjoy sights, shopping, people, food and wine. I was hoping that someone may be able to advise regarding places to see and where to stay, perhaps as a base to travel to and from. Some of the ideas on my list so far include: Spello, the Val d'Orcia, Montepulciano, Spoleto, Tivoli, Chieti, Lucca, Orvieto, Todi. I realise I haven't listed those towns in any logical order so I'm hoping that's where you may be able to help.....a logical pathway! I would love suggestions of towns that may not have come to mind for me but were magical for you and you'd like to share. We don't just want to stop in highly touristic places. Thanks so much in advance. I look forward to your feedback.