Tuscany, an indulgent combination of wine, food and scenic landscape.
Tuscany has one of the most alluring landscapes in the whole of Italy and its rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves continues to lure travellers from all around the world. Fortress-topped peaks are scattered across the countryside reminding visitors of the past tussles that occurred throughout history between the region’s powerful city states.
The most significant locations are now protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and include central Florence, the historic centre of Siena, historic centre of San Gimignano, historic Pienza, the Medici villas and gardens, Piazza de Duomo in Pisa and the Val d’Orcia.
Visitors can explore these sites as well as enjoy the picturesque landscape, superb wines and wonderful food on a self-drive holiday with May being a perfect time of year with perfect Mediterranean weather and just before the European summer with its crowds and over-booked hotels.
Montalcino is a medieval hill town located in southern Tuscany that came under the influence
of Florence in the mid 16th century after various conflicts between Siena and Florence. It is a less- visited Tuscan destination and a good base to explore the more popular cities of Siena (42km away) and Florence (110km away) to the north.
© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2017 edition of World Travel Magazine.