Tuscany, Italy, with Viaggi Elite

Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities – first among them Florence – make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism.

In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless. Medieval villages, historical towns, castles, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys, are scattered all over the territory.

You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuan Alps and in several protected areas, such as the Orbetello Lagoon, home to many species of migrant birds including pink egrets.

Some ‘not to miss’ highlights: Florence (regional capital), Arezzo, Siena, Grosseto, San Gimignano, Livorno, Pisa, Viareggio, Lucca and Prato.

Fall in love with Tuscany through its food – the origins of Tuscan food are rather rustic, as we can see from its basic ingredients: bread, even stale bread, many legumes, cheeses, vegetables and fruits. The food may be simple, but is rich in flavour and quite filling.

Wine production here is excellent for both variety and quality: Tuscany produces the finest wines in Italy, from Chianti to Vino Nobile Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and many more. Vin Santo, a sweet and liqueur-like wine, is paired with cantucci (almond cookies, or what Americans refer to as biscotti).

Finally, Tuscany is full of Spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatments.

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