Tuscany's rich, chequered history, Renaissance masterpieces, landscapes of cypress and olive trees and grandiose medieval architecture continue to cast a spell over visitors.
Whether it be in Florence, amid the green and white marble of the elegant Piazza del Duomo or before Michelangelo's David or Botticelli's Venus, you won't believe your eyes... Everywhere, one feels privileged and awed to see these works and others, such as the frescoes of Piero della Francesca at Arezzo, for "real". As for the Torre Pendente of Pisa, words fail us to describe the world's most famous tower!
Head off into the hillsides of Chianti where you will have no difficulty finding a welcoming winery; after sampling a Tuscan vintage head to San Gimignano and its fifteen feudal towers, or the amazing shell-shaped square of Sienna. In the north, historic Lucca invites you to embark on a divine discovery of palaces, noble towers and wrought-iron balconies as you venture into a more secretive and mountainous Tuscany which unfolds between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, before continuing down the Marble route to dive headfirst into the bustling seaside resort of Viareggio.