For any other lovers of the Italian countryside here on RJ, I would recommend staying at Casa Portagioia, a gay bed and breakfast located in the Tuscan countryside that I stayed at recently. It is about halfway between Florence and Orvieto, about 20 km east of the A-1. Actually over time it has become gay-ish, since many of the other guests at any given time could be straight. Run by Terry, who is English, and his partner Marcello (Italian) who are both very charming hosts. My partner and I have stayed there several times, and each time has been a delight. It is about the most luxurious bed and breakfast that I have ever stayed at. I often prefer staying at gay bed and breakfast places (where they can be found) over hotels, because of the possibility of interacting with other guests in a relaxing environment.