8 Places to visit for an epic Summer trip to Tuscany

As the summer temperatures rise, Tuscany is at its most colourful : the joyful yellows of sunflowers, the hay bales, the blue waters and beach umbrellas, the rainbow of gelato flavours, and the beautiful endless sunsets. Life is always good under the Tuscan Summer sun, and the nights are warm with the cicadas and crickets… Read more »

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San Casciano Val di Pesa, a gateway to the Chianti

Anyone longing to see a truly authentic Chianti town should head straight for San Casciano Val di Pesa. Pretty, historic, full of local colour, typical trattorie and bars that spill out onto the street, this small town is now fast becoming a crucial stop on the Chianti trail. San Casciano is perfect as a day… Read more »

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Best coastal towns in Tuscany

Which are the top coastal towns in Tuscany? Here we take a stroll through the region’s most scenic, atmospheric and dazzling seaside destinations. From all-time favourite Viareggio on the Versilia coast, to family-friendly Follonica, and romantic Castiglione della Pescaia and Porto Ercole – we’ve collected a list of our favourites. Seaside towns are synonymous with long strolls,… Read more »

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San Gimignano or Volterra. Find your favourite hilltop town

When it comes to hilltop towns in Tuscany, the question often is: should I see San Gimignano or Volterra? Which one is more beautiful, which is more authentic, where are the most interesting attractions? These two towns are both big hitters, but which one should you put on your itinerary? Volterra and San Gimignano are… Read more »

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Finding the most picturesque villages in Tuscany

Tuscany is the definition of picturesque. Cobbled streets dotted with flowers. Inspiring views. Quaint streets. Stone houses. And a profusion of terracotta details. Places that are alive with history and romance. From postcard-perfect Pienza and Montichiello, to mysterious Filetto in northern Tuscany and the ruined San Galgano Abbey there are no shortage of idyllic spots… Read more »

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Pienza. Discover one of Italy’s ‘ideal cities’

We love Pienza, Italy. It’s a UNESCO World heritage site, and one of our all-time favourite small towns in Tuscany, located in the magical setting of the Val d’Orcia. Maybe we love it because of the soft colours of its stone, the graceful main square, or maybe because the drive there takes you through some… Read more »

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Volterra, Italy. The hilltop town with an Etruscan past

Volterra in Tuscany wasn’t always on the tourist trail. It was a blissfully quiet and tranquil town in the province of Pisa in central Italy that only passionate travellers ventured to. But nowadays, more and more people are discovering this charming hilltop town. Its Medieval town centre, gorgeous views, superb museums and friendly welcome are… Read more »

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Three small towns to visit in Tuscany in Spring

Spring is a wonderful time to make a trip to Tuscany, Italy. The perfect moment to catch a few of its lesser-known, but no less beautiful, small towns. These ancient places are awash with history, and far enough off the main tourist track to still feel authentic. But which to visit? Here we take you… Read more »

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Lari Castle – Castello dei Vicari, Lari

If you love a good castle, don’t leave Tuscany without visiting Lari. This quiet little town in the province of Pisa is known for its imposing castle that has been standing in this privileged position above the Arno Valley since early Medieval times. This impressive fortress is well worth a visit both for its historical… Read more »

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3 Beautiful small towns in Italy you have never heard of

There are a lot of beautiful small towns in Italy. And Tuscany has its fair share. For the curious traveller there’s a lot to discover here. Little known places where you’ll find some of the most exquisite art, architecture and natural surroundings that Italy has to offer. Beautiful small towns in Italy that will take… Read more »

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