Tuscany & Umbria

Tuscany and Umbria are picture-perfect Italy, where poppy and sunflower fields drift between hilly vineyards.

This fertile region produces seven DOCG wines, from Chianti Classico to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Medieval cities crown the hills. You could climb the many towers of San Gimignano or catch the Palio di Siena horse race. Renaissance villas and convents cloister themselves away between the cities – with some transformed into award-winning country retreats. For a change of scene, just look to the railway. Fast trains connect the Tuscan countryside to Florence, Pisa and the sandy coast.

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Tuscan Vineyards

This beautiful region is very varied with the Tuscan Apennine mountains in the north, wide open valleys and then rolling hills to the south of Florence covered in vineyards and olive groves.

The hilly landscapes of this part of Tuscany enclose a universe awaiting to be discovered. Medieval villages, treasures of the Renaissance and Gothic churches are tangible remains of Tuscany’s glorious past.

Tuscany has a beautiful and varied stretch of coast, known as Versilia, that offers the perfect place for relaxation after sightseeing in the art towns of the interior.

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Known as the ‘green heart of Italy’, Umbria, like its neighbour Tuscany, is renowned for its beautiful countryside

San Gimignano

Set high on a hilltop, San Gimignano’s 14 medieval towers make for a gorgeous landscape and superb panoramas for those that venture to the top. Inside its walls you’ll find winding lanes, artisan workshops and cosy trattorias.


Pienza has some of the best views in Tuscany, overlooking the rolling hills of the Vall d’Orcia. This tiny town also has its fair share of shops selling pecorino romano, a parmesan-like cheese that originates here.


This lively city is centred around Piazza del Campo, which is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Throughout the city you’ll find reference to the 17 contrade that compete in the famous palio, each has its own flag, church and ceremonial fountain.


This picture-perfect town is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and is home to beautiful Renaissance architecture, medieval buildings and authentic restaurants.


Encircled by 16th Century walls, this little city combines some of the best aspects of Tuscany. Expect ancient towers and white-marble churches centred around Piazza dell’Anfiteatro where you’ll find charming cafés.

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