If you are looking for an authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience in Italy, you will find it in Trequanda, a 14th century small town in Tuscany. It has a casual café for breakfast and lunch, a pizzeria and gelateria, and a Zagat rated restaurant, Il Conte Matto, plus a bakery and a small market. The people are friendly and warm, the scenery beautiful. In less than an hour you can drive to Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino. Florence is an hour and a half away. Casa Trequanda is made up of two levels in a three story building. The second level has two bedrooms, one bath, an open kitchen, and eating and sitting area, along with a small balcony with an amazing view. The upper level has one bedroom, one bath, a sitting area, with a sink and microwave, and washer and dryer. Everything was new and clean and comfortable. Four of us stayed there for 10 days, and it was a terrific experience. I would definitely return.