Tuscany, home of the most illustrious writers and artists, is located in the heart of Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. A land that combines the ancient charm of art with unspoiled nature and landscapes of incomparable beauty. The Tuscan scenery is characterized by its rolling hills, cities rich in history, castles and fortification systems. But also from the rural churches, from the green plains strewn with rows of cypresses and from the burnt and coloured land of the Sienese area. A place between land and sea where history has been sailing for thousands of years.
The coastline has cliffs overlooking the sea, golden beaches of fine sand, crystal clear waters with a thousand shades and green headlands. Among these the highest is the Argentario, an ancient limestone island that includes the Orbetello Lagoon with the mainland. This is an oasis of WWF for its naturalistic richness. You can admire the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago from the top of the Argentario, in all their beauty. From the wild nature of Capraia, to the islands of Giannutri, to the island of Giglio and Elba. The latter is protected as a nature reserve and a land of asylum for Napoleon Bonaparte. The Oasis of Burano, on the coast of Capalbio and the historical centres of Orbetello, Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole and the archaeological areas of Ansedonia are of great interest.
Entering the Maremma you can walk among the most picturesque medieval villages in the region. Like Castiglione della Pescaia, perched on Monte Petriccio and surrounded by beautiful pine forests. Or contemplate the evocative abbeys like that of Sant’Antimo. Do not miss the Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve, rich in fish and marsh birds, for those who want to admire the Maremma as it once was. The sites of Pitigliano and Vetulonia preserve necropolis and testimonies of the ancient Etruscans.
Val d’Orcia is another area of Tuscany famous for its breathtaking landscapes and excellent red wines. From the medieval streets of Montepulciano, to the towns of Pienza, San Quirico D’Orcia and Montalcino. Gentle hills dotted with dark cypress trees, red poppies and sunflowers make these landscapes a perfect postcard. You can fully enjoy the tranquility of these places thanks to the numerous spa sites. We are talking about Monsummano terme, Montecatini and Saturnia.
Florence and Siena
The area between Florence and Siena, characterised by hills covered with vineyards alternating with olive groves, is the beautiful Chianti region, famous all over the world for its red wine. Wonderful synthesis of Tuscan art and culture is Florence, home of Dante Alighieri and cradle of the Renaissance. Feasts and traditions find in Tuscany a fertile ground, just remember the Palio of Siena, inspired by ancient jousting and the carnival of Viareggio, a festive and colourful parade of allegorical floats.