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Info overload - Help picking a small town destination in Tuscany.

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Too much searching on the "internets" has addled my brain.

Goal: Pick a town in the Tuscany area that is a good home base for exploring the area. We are a group of four adults and will have a rental car. We are staying for five nights. Here is my wish list.

1. Stay in a small town. We want to be somewhere tiny. All we really need is a couple restaurants and a market within walking distance. We love the freedom of two of us being able to walk for breakfast groceries or a coffee while the others sleep in, or a late night gelato if the others have turned in for the night. I really don't think I want an agriturismo that we have to drive 10 minutes every time we want to do anything.
2. Not too hilly. I spent forever looking at charming hill towns and then had a V8 moment. Mrs. turnip has had six surgeries on just one knee and stairs are tough for her. Do I really want to plant us somewhere she has to constantly be climbing just to get around town? Um-mm, no.
3. We want to be within easy day trip distance of some of the scenic hill towns. We'd love to see Volterra, explore some Etruscan ruins, battle the tourist hordes at San Giamignano, check out a winery (or six), take a picnic lunch and drive a winding cypress lined road, shop local markets.

We have seen the Cinque Terre, stayed a week in Lucca, seen Florence and stayed in Sienna. I found a gorgeous place to stay in Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina, but I'm wondering if it's TOO out of the way.

Any suggestions or hot tips?

Many thanks in advance!

Cordially, the turnip

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