Family is meeting in Paris for 3 days at Christmas. We are going to Lyon for another 2 days. Then we are planning to go to Italy. We have friends in Bergamo....but we also want to go somewhere perhaps in Tuscany. We are not sure where....we have had suggestions for Castellina in Chianti and Montalcino. We also do not know if anything will be open or if there is a better suggestion at that time of year. We will be traveling around Dec. 28th and 9 days before we need to travel back to Paris to travel back to US. Should we go to Bergamo first....or at all. What is the best way to get from Lyon to Bergamo? And then we will travel to another place before traveling back to Paris to depart on Jan. 5th. So essentally any suggestions on where to travel to Italy in Dec. 28th....we have not decided -- but we could rent a car....but we don't have alot of time....to get to and from places....is the train better. And do we try to go to 2 places or 3? Also how long does the train take and what are the chances there is a strike. Been there when there is a strike and it is horrible. Please let me know....very undecided on what to do.