Amanda & Alan’s Italian Job - Series Two - BBC

The dynamic duo are back again with Amanda & Alan’s Italian Job - Series 2. Launched on BBC on 5th January, the series sees best friends Amanda Holden and Alan Carr renovating a dilapidated 17th-century house in the heart of northern Tuscany that they bought for just one Euro! Follow along as they put their DIY skills to the test in this eight part series. 

Following on from their adventures in Sicily, in the rural town of Fornovolasco in the north of Tuscany, the pair spent their summer restoring the property into another dream Italian home with rolling green hills right on the doorstep. If you’re feeling inspired, you can discover the beauty of Tuscany for yourself on a Citalia holiday to Italy. Tuscany holidays take you to the heart of Italy with countryside stretching as far as the eye can see, with medieval hilltop towns scattered throughout.
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Tuscany Countryside Holidays

Tuscany countryside holidays invite you to soak up the scenery, breathe in the fresh air and truly relax. Amanda and Alan enjoyed the countryside views with the mountains and hills surrounding the town of Fornovolasco. This quaint town has a unique history and beauty  where iron mining and processing used to be prevalent. Today, the town has less than a hundred people so the renovation will help to breathe new life into the community. 

The Tuscan countryside is home to hidden gems like San Giuliano Terme, a scenic spa town or Montecatini Terme with its historical architecture. It’s also home to bigger cities like Pisa and Florence, the “Beating Heart of Tuscany” and also Alan’s favourite city. The pair head off to the mediaeval town of San Gimignano for a spot of shopping at Italy’s oldest antiques market. There’s so much to see and do here, you won’t find anywhere quite like Tuscany.

Top Tuscany Countryside Hotels

Here’s our pick of the top hotels in the Tuscan Countryside.

Palazzo San Lorenzo Hotel and SPA, Colle di Val d'Elsa
  • In the heart of Tuscany in Colle di Val d’Elsa 
  • Enjoy pure relaxation in the spa with a wealth of treatments on offer
  • A charming four-star hotel with modern amenities
Villasanpaolo Spa Resort, San Gimignano
  • Located just a short drive from San Gimignano
  • Large spa with heated indoor swimming pool and gym
Il Borgo di Montereggi
II Borgo di Montereggi and II Casale, Limite Sull`Arno
  • The small town of Montelupo with banks, restaurants and shops is about 3 miles away
  • Apartments can sleep up to 6 people

Tuscany Coast Holidays

Tuscany coast holidays boast kilometres of golden sandy beaches that meet crystal clear waters, the perfect recipe for some well deserved R&R. Nothing beats a Tuscan sunrise, the inspiration for the second bedroom at the property and the motivation Amanda needs to brighten up the bedroom. 

The Tuscan coast offers something for everyone from private beaches with striped umbrellas to free beaches and intimate coves. Dotted along the coast you’ll find bars and restaurants serving up the delicious flavours of Tuscan cuisine. Forte dei Marmi boasts celebrity heritage with famous faces making up the list of residents, while Viareggio showcases Art Deco architecture by the beach.

Top Tuscany Coast Hotels

Here’s our pick of the top hotels on the Tuscan Coast.

Grand Hotel Royal, Viareggio
  • A stone's throw from the beautiful Viareggio beach
  • Outdoor swimming pool with a poolside bar and towel service
  • A short drive from Pisa, Lucca and the Apuan Alps Park
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Hermitage Hotel & Resort, Forte dei Marmi
  • Ideal for families
  • Enjoy colourful modern design throughout
  • Relax on the exclusive private beach club or by the outdoor pool
  • Located near the pretty town of Massa
Versilia Lido UNA Esperienze, Lido di Camaiore
  • Short stroll to the blue flag beach in Lido di Camaiore
  • Panoramic Roof Garden with Grill Restaurant overlooking the sea
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