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Tuscany is probably Italy’s most well-known region – home to Pisa, Florence and Siena to name its most famous cities. A rich heritage focusing on art, wine and food makes Tuscany an exciting place to visit where you can discover new places, tastes and sensations. The remains of history from the Romans to the Renaissance can be felt through the extraordinary architecture found in the medieval Tuscan towns and the beautiful artwork hidden in old chapels and churches. There really is something for everyone here – whether you are a family seeking adventure, a couple on a romantic getaway to the peaceful and beautiful countryside or if you are searching for the best wine in the world.
Tuscany is also blessed with a diverse natural landscape, from beaches to vineyards and snow capped mountains – there is always something to do in this beautiful countryside. Cycling and hiking are pleasant pasttimes to pursue across the Tuscan landscape, Lago di Vagli Sotto is an un-spoilt natural area where you can walk, fish or swim. The is also Val d’Orcia is famous for its stunning landscapes so you have the choice of exploring its vineyards and relaxing with a good glass of wine. Or if you would prefer a soothing massage or rejuvenating facial treatment, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort and Spa sits on a hill where you can relax with a beautiful view over Tuscany.
FOOD AND DRINK
The Italian cuisine on offer is simply fantastic whilst the vineyards produce some of the best wine you have ever tasted. The Chianti region of Tuscany between Florence and Siena produces some excellent red wines, here you can visit the Wine Museum (Museo Vino, Piazza Nino Tirinnanzi 10, Greve in Chianti) and take part in wine tasting events. In Siena, the charming Via Camollia is filled with restaurants which are in turn filled with locals because of the menu of delicious food and local dishes. But if you prefer to savour Siena’s wine instead, there are many wine shops where you can find your favourite local wines – Cantina in Piazza (Via Stalloreggi 15) may be small but it is a hidden treasure.
Home to the famous Duomo which protrudes above the city and its narrow, winding streets, this is the perfect place to get lost in and find the hidden treasures left by the Renaissance. Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval arched bridge which lets you time travel when wandering through the unique shops that line the bridge, but if you are looking for something more than a souvenir, visit Pitti Gola E Cantina (Piazza Pitti 16) where there are shelves stocked with high-end wines which can be tasted with the knowledgeable advice of the owners and their handcrafted dishes. Climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset to avoid the crowds and you can reward yourself with some well-deserved Italian ice cream, a marble copy of Michelangelo’s David statue and the most breathtaking view of Florence.
Famous for its landmark, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you cannot ignore the stunning white marble façade of the other buildings that surround it in Piazza dei Miracoli: the Baptistery, Cathedral and Monumental Cemetery. Whilst the town itself has many pastel-coloured streets to explore and restaurants and bars to enjoy, such as Viavai Café (Via Rigattieri 2) which creates fabulous cocktails and serves good food.
This small Italian town has been fortified with thick Renaissance walls to protect it from its neighbours, which is a good way to explore the town by walking or cycling. You must also explore the local cuisine where Restaurant L’Imbuto (Via della Fratta 38) has been awarded a Michelin star for its creative dishes which are even a surprise for the diners.
This Medieval city has sprung up among the hills but don’t let that put you off discovering its rich history and art. The heart of the city is located at Piazza del Campo with the impressive Fonte Gaia, the Palazzo Comunale made of brick and marble, and Torre del Mangia with a dizzying 360 degree view. The Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta is a Romanesque-Gothic church and a ‘must visit’ covered in bold green and white marble – the colours of Siena – and its marble-carved pavement depicting stories. Next to it is the Piccolomini Library, a tribute to Pope Pius II, which is covered in detailed frescoes and houses rare manuscripts.