My husband and I will visit Italy next Spring, and would like to have a relaxing, romantic trip. We are foodies, and not really interested in standing in long lines to view "must-see" attractions. We would like to include the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany in our trip. Any suggestions for an itinerary would be appreciated!
Hmm... rent a Villa in Tuscany and hit the beach in the Amalfi. And Venice is extremely romantic--even with all the tourists. There's just something special about it.
Enjoy your trip!
both areas you mentioned - good choice for a relaxing & romantic trip.
for "hidden" Tuscany you not really need be guided, it's just everywhere.
I'd suggest to "mark" it as Tuscany & Umbria - it's not clear border between these areas, and it pretty similar type of travelling in both. Tuscany is most known name = little bit more visited and expensive then Umbria.
While you rent car + detailed local map (GPS is good when u know where u going, but map is better to find where r u currently) - u could just let you flow with small roads via villages, hills and small not-touristic towns. Italy is so-so-so-so beautiful, especially in it's heart (Tuscany-Umbria area), that every place you will arrive - you will find it special. This way you could stop when you see something interesting, stay as long as you wish, and so on.
travel becomes flexsible.
have a great trip!
If you want non-touristy with good food, consider going to Marche, Emilia-Romagna and Friuli (the north-east, as opposed to the west where everybody else is going). These regions are all very distinct, and probably not what you picture when someone says Italy. Still they're extremely beautiful, quite cheap (especially compared to Toscana-Lazio-Umbria), and the (sea)food is of very high quality in cities like Trieste and Ancona.