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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Vinci, Italy – Exploring the genius of Leonardo in his hometown

Would you like to spend a day in the company of Leonardo da Vinci? You can in his hometown of Vinci in Tuscany, Italy. The perfect spot for a full immersion in Leonardo’s fascinating universe. In fact, this small town, perched on a hill 40 kilometres west of Florence, preserves his memory better than anywhere… Read more »

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Tuscany Itinerary 5 days – See iconic Tuscany in one trip

In this 5 day itinerary travelling around Tuscany, we whisk you from the awe-inspiring Piazza dei Miracoli, to some of the world’s Medieval treasures and, of course, through some of the best scenery that Tuscany has to offer in the Chianti and Val d’Orcia. First things first. Florence isn’t included in this itinerary because it’s… Read more »

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The Tufa towns – A bewitching sight in the Maremma, Tuscany

On our recent tour of the Maremma, in southern Tuscany, we fell in love with Pitigliano and its little sisters Sorano and Sovana, the so-called “tufa towns”. Among the most mesmerising sights in the Maremma, these small towns seem to grow out of the rock itself and linger n the memory long after you’ve left…. Read more »

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Seven fairytale places in Tuscany

Tuscany has its fair share of magical places. Bewitching landscapes, intriguing stories and fantastical legends are around every corner.  It’s a land of hidden gems, with hilltop towns that seem to sit atop clouds, mysterious grottos, ancient buildings and castles. Little wonder it has inspired so many artists, poets and saints throughout the centuries. Here we… Read more »

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A trip up to Colonnata, the town of marble and lardo

Ok, maybe lardo isn’t the first thing you think of eating when its 30 degrees outside. But here I am, in Colonnata, on a boiling Summer afternoon, with a massive roll in my hand, stuffed with lardo. And I can tell you, it tastes like a very good idea indeed. Driving up to Colonnata is… Read more »

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Things we love to do in Cortona, Italy

Cortona is one the most popular hilltop towns in Tuscany, Italy. From its verdant hill, it watches over the Val di Chiana valley like an ancient guardian. It’s a fascinating place, with picturesque narrow lanes, spectacular views and huge protective walls built by the Etruscans.  Here’s a list of our personal favourite things to do in… Read more »

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Travel back in time in Tuscany

It’s easy to time travel in Tuscany. From the medieval lanes of Siena to the towered citadel of San Gimignano. From the pretty jewel that is Certaldo Alto to the walled town of Monteriggioni. These are places where history is so perfectly preserved that you half expect to see a knight on horseback round every… Read more »

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Best places to visit in Chianti – Superb wines and views

The Chianti is a region of Tuscany synonymous with rolling hills and vineyards. It stretches between Florence and Siena and delights visitors with superb views and top-quality red wines. It’s the perfect destination to enjoy ‘la bella vita‘, or the good life, and fill your senses with some of the most impressive countryside Tuscany has… Read more »

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Discover the amazing and unexpected landscapes of Tuscany

If you think that Tuscany is all about verdant rolling hills, vineyards and cypress trees, think again. Yes, it does have some of the most famous countryside in the world, but there’s a lot more to it. Think semi-arid desert, wild southern cowboy country, and mountain quarries so dramatic they featured in a 007 film…. Read more »

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