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Italy wine country base & Amalfi coast recommendations:

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My wife and I have 8 days in Italy...wish it was longer but we are working with what we have...we are looking to spend the first 3 days in Tuscany/Umbria wine country and then 3+ on the Amalfi Coast and are looking for some help. It is our first trip to Italy and are looking to enjoy/appreciate the culture and beauty of the country while keeping the trip as relaxed as possible. We very much would appreciate any help with the following questions...

1. We ar considering two different places for our home base in the hill towns: (flying into Rome) Orvieto or Montalcino. Would you recommend Orvieto as a home base with possible day trip to Civita de Bagnoregio or would you recommend going to Montalcino and visiting some smaller towns in that area? Based on our limited amount of time in either location, we are looking for quaint, charming, and romantic w views as much or more than the historic value of the area, although it seems as all of the hill towns bring some of that to the table.

2. Would you recommend getting a car or relying on the train and buses to get us from spot to spot(in hill towns)

3. Any preferences between Amalfi, Sorrento, or Positano? Or any other towns along the Amalfi Coast?

Thanks I advance to any and all who do, or consider helping us out by offering feedback. It is our first trip to Italy and want to get it riight!

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