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Italy’s countryside evokes images of rolling hills, lined with avenues of cypress trees, streaked with vineyards, and dotted with hilltop villages. The combination of history, culture, architecture, cuisine and scenic beauty is hard to beat, and gives this part of Italy an attraction that's simply magnetic. The stunning landscape and the unhurried rural lifestyle of Tuscany and Umbria have barely changed in over 400 years and are the epitome of holidays in the Italian countryside.
The rural landscape of Italy’s countryside regions is home to rolling vineyards producing well-known varieties of wine, including Chianti Classico and Montepulciano.
Cucina povera, or peasant cooking, features frequently on traditional menus, and includes filling soups made with grains and vegetables and served with freshly made bread. Those visiting Umbria should try some of the region's famous truffles, which are often grated over simple pasta dishes adding delicious flavour.