We will be in Italy early May for 2 weeks.
Will rent a car from Rome airport and return there.
I have two nights booked at a wine farm in Orvieto then we will travel to Montepulciano where I have 2 nights reserved at Albergo II Rondo. My plan is to be able to walk up to the city and eat dinner there. My thought is to find another farmstead in the Montepulciano area for 3 more nights. We would like to slow travel (yes have visited the website) and visit Cortona, San Quirico d'Orca, Montalcino, Pienza, and Arezzo.
My budget is up to $120 per night and am debating between LaCasa delle Querce and B&B II Ciliegio Errante. These are in between Montepulciano and Acquaviva. I believe the distance to this small town is easily walkable.
This would allow us to drive back to Rome and spend 2 nights.
So to my questions.....is the area between Montepulciano and Acquaviva a good place to base? They have bikes and the area seems quiet enough for biking and hiking yet close by car to amenities and travel to the areas I've mentioned.
Would you recommend a place in the San Gimignano area to stay? Same budget, with a kitchen, a washer would be nice with beautiful views of the countryside. Also, we are new to wine and our palette is requiring sweet wine and white. Perhaps our taste buds will find a sweet red but today sweet white is our favorite. It would be especially nice to have a recommendation of a place that has a nice sweet white offering.