Will be driving down from the Dolomites to Tuscany for 8 days. Would like to spend a day in Florence but not stay there as I don't want to drive in the city. Would the Greve area be a central base or is that too far for day trips south to the Val d'Orcia. Would it be better to stay just a bit south of Florence for a few days and then relocate south near Montepulciano so I'm not driving long distances each day.

Also, I've been told staying in the countryside is a little difficult if you're not staying somewhere with a restaurant as driving back from dinner on unlit roads is a little perilous.

Appreciate any and all suggestions. Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the planning.