Tuscany’s stunning countryside will enthral you with its beauty, while pretty terracotta and ochre-hued medieval towns and cities are rich in artistic and cultural treasures. For gourmet food aficionados the region is hard to beat, thanks to the renowned fresh from the field, grove or vine produce that makes almost any dish impossible to resist. Tuscany is quite simply a true travel gem, offering plenty of opportunities to indulge.
Florence is the ‘gateway to Tuscany’ and after a short drive you’ll be in the heart of the peaceful Tuscan countryside, where the pace is laid-back and the views are captivating. Rolling valleys filled with vineyards and olive groves, and rows of cypress trees that are so typical of the region, are punctuated by the occasional traditional stone villa, imposing castle, crumbling fortress or pretty hilltop town. Follow the Chianti wine trail and explore the superb culinary scene, savouring extra virgin olive oil, prosciutto, crostini di fegato (a local antipasto) and cantucci (almond biscotti), along the way. As autumn approaches, the olive and grape harvest, and truffle and mushroom hunting begin; all of which you can happily participate in if you wish.
Summertime is when the region is at its busiest; it is blooming, beautiful and a fantastic time for cycling, hiking and horse-riding. And, being such a cultural hub, there are lots of outdoor concerts that will delight the ears of those with more classical musical tastes, from string quartets to the Puccini Opera Festival held in Lucca every July and August. Do also take in some of Tuscany’s unique sights including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the colourful and historic Palio horse race in Siena, and the picturesque walled town of San Gimignano famous for its ancient tower houses. World-class culture, art and wine are all here for the taking.
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