Love history? You’ve struck gold here in Tuscany. No matter where you base yourself, you’re within easy reach of four treasure-stuffed cities – Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena. Swathed in romantic Renaissance architecture, Florence is undoubtedly the star. Lucca’s charms start with its magical cobbled streets and buzzy piazzas, while red-roofed Siena’s Gothic centre will leave you spellbound. And Pisa’s got so much more than just its tilted tower.
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In terms of wining and dining, Tuscany sets Italy’s bar pretty high. Juicy T-bone steaks, bowls of hearty ribollita soup and truffle-infused pasta are just some of the best bits you can expect from Tuscan trattorias. And the wine? Well, the area’s something of a mecca, making it the ultimate place to tour and taste. Brunello, Chianti, Morellino – they’re all made in the vineyards here.
Rolling green hills and medieval villages may be the scenes splashed on most Tuscan postcards, but this part of Italy’s got a twinkling coast to its name too. Venture to Viareggio, the region’s chief seaside spot, where striped parasols embellish sandy shores and grand hotels pepper a palm-lined promenade. Forte Dei Marmi’s another swanky stunner, where exclusive beach clubs and chic cocktail bars take centre stage.