I am flying into Rome on April 18th and after a week in that area, we'll (two couples) be at a villa, Podere II Doccio in Terranuova Bracciolini from April 24th through the end of the month and I would like to know how the countryside looks like in late April. Are things in bloom and green or is it still coming out of winter's dormant stages? I've tried to see what's best to do, but I only seem to find festivals in the summer and nothing in late April. Looking for recommendations on what to see and do. I have been to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, etc., but with a tour group and we'd like to see those cities again, but on our on. We plan to use rail to go to Florence and a couple of other bigger cities, but we plan to rent a car for our local tours. Open to any suggestions. Should we plan on visiting the Cinque Terre? We'd like to see out of the way places where we can enjoy a meal and a good bit of wine.