As far as holiday destinations go, Tuscany has one of the most impressive resumes in Europe. Its skill set includes city breaks, country escapes and beach getaways. And it’s qualified in the subjects of history, cookery, art and architecture, to name just a few.
Tuscany’s three big cities sit in a triangle near Italy’s west coast. The regional capital, Florence, is one of Italy’s prettiest cities. The façade of its Duomo is made from mint and rose-coloured marble and its Uffizi Gallery is home to some of the world’s most spectacular art.
From Florence it’s a 45-minute car journey to Pisa. The leading lady here is the iconic Leaning Tower, but the university town is also home to a supporting cast of trattorias, cafés and an impressive cathedral.
Roughly 30 miles down the coast, Siena is a pint-sized city of tangled alleyways and nook-and-cranny cafes. Surprisingly, the town’s main square is the biggest piazza in Italy, opening up like a crater in the centre of the city.
Finally, Tuscany’s countryside has been immortalised on countless canvasses throughout the centuries. Cypress trees spear into the sky, green fields spread out like soft blankets and legions of red poppies colonise hillsides.
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Resorts in Tuscany include Artimino, Barberino Val D'elsa, Camaiore, Casole D'elsa, Castelfiorentino, Coreglia Antelminelli, Lucca, Montaione, Montepulciano, Montespertoli, Pomarance, Ponsacco, San Gimignano and Vinci.