The stunning landscape of Tuscany evokes tranquillity, harmony and creativity. It has ancient walled towns, long lines of towering cypress trees, rolling vineyards, majestic soaring towers, fortified battlements and peaceful hilltop retreats. Its scenery and unhurried rural lifestyle have barely changed in over 400 years. Tuscany's coast, the Riviera della Versilia, comprises of golden sand beaches with the Alpi Apuane as a stunning mountain back-drop. Holidays in Tuscany are perfect for a calm and idyllic break.
Located in an old Etruscan hamlet just 24km west of Florence, Artimino is surrounded by majestic Tuscan scenery and offers peace and tranquillity in an environment rich in history and art.
One of the most beautiful areas in Tuscany made famous by the red wine of the same name (Chianti Classico being the most popular). It offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with vineyards and olive groves and small stone villages. The borders of the Chianti region are not clearly defined but it generally extends over the provinces of Florence, Arezzo, Pisa and Siena, and all of the area between. There is an abundance of wineries open for wine tours and tasting and many hotels have their own wine estates and impressive cellars.
With a unique history and unrivalled view across Tuscany and Umbria, Cortona offers a unique and special holiday experience and the perfect base to explore the regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Enter through the ancient defence walls and stroll through charming walkways, people watch from the bars in the Piazzas or take in one of the many museums.
Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, quaint piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore on foot. The historic cafes and restaurants tempt visitors to relax over a glass or two of Lucchesi wine and rustic dishes. The hills to the east of Lucca are the home to belle epoque Montecatini Terme where Puccini lazed in warm spa waters and is well worth the trip.
From its superb location in the centre of Tuscany, Marti is perfectly situated halfway between Pisa and Florence. Aside from the cities' famous landmarks, you can marvel at the historical architecture, sculptures and paintings. Visit on 16 June for the Luminara, where over 70,000 candles and fireworks light up the palaces along the Arno River to honour St. Ranieri, the patron saint of Pisa.
A medieval and Renaissance hill town in the Italian province of Siena, renowned for its pork, cheese, pasta, lentils and honey, but the town is best known for its local Vino Nobile. Inside the walls, the streets are crammed with Renaissance-style palazzi and churches.
Best known for its Leaning Tower, Pisa is a small city full of architectural marvels and is easy to get around on foot.
'The City of Towers' is the best preserved medieval hill town in Tuscany and a World Heritage site. Famed for its 13th century towers, it's one of Italy's most inspiring sights, with panoramic views across the countryside. Stroll along the Via Francigena, the town's main street and admire the fresco paintings at the 12th century Collegiata church or enjoy the many shops, art galleries and jewellers.
Radiating from its beautiful Campo, the sloping shell shaped square, this is one of the great medieval cities of Europe. It is almost perfectly preserved, with superb works of art in its religious and secular buildings. The Campo is the scene of Tuscany's festival 'The Palio', which occurs twice in the summer and sees bareback horse riders careering around the cobbles.
Please note: Excursions operate seasonally. Some site entrance tickets may be payable locally.
Florence (from Tuscany Coast): Discover one of Italy's most beautiful cities, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance with its exceptional artistic patrimony, wonderful architecture, impressive monuments and stunning panorama. Enjoy a guided tour of the city in the morning, visiting the Cathedral, Santa Croce square, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city with its glittering jewellery shops. In the afternoon, discover the wonders of this splendid city at your leisure.
Full Day Excursion from £60pp
Portofino (from Tuscany Coast): After a pleasant drive along the coastal road you'll reach Rapallo and Santa Margherita. From here you'll reach Portofino by motorboat where you'll see its picturesque harbour and pastel-coloured houses. You'll also have time to browse and admire the local handicraft.
Half Day Excursion from £44pp
Siena & San Gimignano (from Tuscany Coast): After a beautiful journey through the Tuscan countryside you will arrive at San Gimignano, one of the most idyllic hilltop towns in Tuscany, a Medieval masterpiece with its majestic towers dominating the skyline. After a short drive to Siena, you will have some free time followed by a guided tour in the afternoon. Siena boasts a wealth of architectural treasures, from its distinctive black and white Cathedral to the magnificent central Piazza del Campo, famous for the 'Palio' horse race.
Full Day Excursion from £62pp