I returned last week from my driving adventure and the experience of navigating by man-made stars through Tuscany. Let me tell you, this region is in a league all its own during the harvest season. The seasonal local foods and festivals, the wine, and particularly the weather are superb.
If you're contemplating doing this but have read about how difficult Italian drivers can be, let me tell you this is just bad press. Sure they're aggressive; some consider a stop sign to be discretionary and they're frequently bumper-biters, but if you've ever driven in Boston it's no different. They are pros at driving these speedy little cars, and their quick reactions easily compensated for any dumb maneuvers I made. Besides, once you clear the cities the intensity decreases, the pleasure increases and the open road becomes your own.
Look to ITKT for more about this Tuscan adventure in an upcoming podcast.