My wife and I will be traveling in August to Italy and I was hoping to get some advice fromthose of you who know these areas well. It's my first time to Italy so any help you could offer would help me out alot. Our itinerary is:
Rome: 3 days
Orvieto: 4 days (staying at the Hotel Orvieto)
Siena: 5 days (staying at Hotel Bel Soggiorno in San Gimignano)
Florence: 3 days
Obviously we have a car to do lots of day tripping as I plan on hitting up Montalcino and Montepulciano to do as much wine tasting as is humanly possible in this amount of time. I know there has been a lot of topics on Italy travel and wine tours, etc., but I'm asking again for some more advice from any who have traveled there. We already have our hotels booked, so what I'm looking for is restaurants to go to in these areas, and wineries that I shouldn't miss. I plan on visiting the majors, such as Biondi Santi, Castello Banfi, etc., but if anyone has any advice on some particularly nice ones where you possibly had some especially nice experience, that would be greatly appreciated. Restaurants as well, mainly because we are not looking for 3 michelin star establishments, but rather more local places that you may have found that surprised you without breaking the bank. If anyone knows of any particularly good places to drink/taste wines such as wine bars, for example, please let me know, as well as anything else that may come to mind. Again, thanks for any help you might be able to offer!!!