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Travel the world and you’ll still struggle to find anywhere quite like Tuscany – an unrivalled blend of medieval heritage and glorious countryside. Much of the charm comes from the region’s dreamy hills, which are accessorised with vineyards and hilltop towns. San Gimignano is perhaps the best known Tuscan town, home to a well-preserved collection of soaring towers and romantic piazzas, while lesser-known gem Monteriggioni is a tiny hamlet ringed by massive fortress walls. There are plenty more locations to discover, however, ranging from sophisticated spa towns, to sleepy rural hamlets.
Food and drink are a big deal in Tuscany. There’s a reason the Romans declared Tuscany the breadbasket of their empire – the famous Tuscan hills produce more ingredients than almost any other region in Italy. There are ancient vineyards with heritage grapes and rural farms that were organic long before it became fashionable. Food is kept simple here – think bread, cheese and pasta, as well as the region’s quality Florentine steaks and Chianti wines.