Within 3 to 5 years, wife and I expect
Within 3 to 5 years, wife and I expect to re-locate permanently from US to Italy. I have citizenship and speak fluent Italian, while the wife does not speak Italian yet. Originally we wanted to move to Lucca but now we are looking for other areas to consider (though we have not ruled out Lucca). Our criteria are: 1) we'd like to be within reach of Rome (we would consider being within reach of Florence as well) 2) we'd like there to be an existing English-speaking expat community to help the wife integrate/find friends better. 3) we would rather not own a car, so there needs to be useful public transit including bus and train that comes regularly. 4) It would be nice if the town/city itself offers some sort of attractiveness. Few towns will be as cute as Lucca, for instance, but it would be nice if we could enjoy art/architecture/etc in our immediate surroundings rather than having to take the bus into Florence to enjoy a passeggiata for instance.Does anybody know if Prato or Pistoia would fit this description, especially as relates to the expat community? I know the train goes by these towns regularly and that they both have a signficant historical/artistic patrimony. I imagine they each have an adequate local bus system?What about Scandicci and around there? I know the tram goes out there, but my recollection of Scandicci is that it's an anonymous suburb without a whole lot to offer locally as far as culture. I am not sure we'd be happy somewhere where we'd need to go into Florence to enjoy that passeggiata.What about the area east of Florence, Pontassieve and beyond? What are some areas within reach of Rome that would fit this description? I am thinking perhaps beyond the GRA but not way into the Sabine hills for instance, that would require a car.Finally, what are some websites/forums where I can ask these questions? I have done some web searching but I am surprised at the lack of useful forums to find out some places where expats congregate beyond the obvious of Florence itself.Thanks in advance for any useful advice!