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Is it worth driving around Southern Tuscany if we don't drink wine?

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Hi all, I hope some experienced travellers will be able to help us out. My family and I are visiting Florence in late November, and my mother's wish has always been to see Tuscany, so we considered hiring a private driver to take us around. Most of the enquiries I made have the drivers offering to bring us to Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano, and along the drive we are told we can see Val D'Orcia (which is what my mother really wants to see).

However, I informed the drivers that my family doesn't drink wine, and many of them replied that it's fine and we can do other things, like go for tastings of pecorino cheese and olive oil, as well as sightsee (as the medieval towns are very pretty) and go shopping, and see the beautiful countryside. Interestingly, one of the drivers (who is very highly rated) bluntly told me that I would be wasting my time and money going to Southern Tuscany since we don't drink wine. I mentioned that I wanted to see the countryside, but he said the weather would be terrible in late November and the scenery wouldn't be pretty. Also, we'd be spending the majority of our time on the highway so we'd barely get to see any of the countryside in the first place.

My question is, is this driver right? Would we really be wasting our time? I notice that he told us it would take 1.5 hours to drive from Florence to Southern Tuscany. However, some of the other drivers told me it's 2.5 hours so I'm wondering if they're bypassing the highway and going by scenic roads instead. Does anyone have any advice? I would dearly love to make the Tuscan daytrip happen for my mum, but not if it means we'd barely get to see anything.

Thank you in advance!

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