Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, famed for its jaw-dropping beauty and high culture. World-renowned wines, a rich cultural history, and stunning landscapes are what you can expect as you explore the Italian countryside. It’s the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, fashion houses and famous writers, and a major producer of exquisite wines such as Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino. If that’s not enough, it also features 7 World Heritage Sites.
There’s no better way to explore the Italian Countryside than by road, stopping to see all of the hidden treasures along the way. Starting in Lucca, you’ll begin your picturesque journey through 10 country towns, with your first stop being Capannori, where the sprawling Marlia and Torrigiani Villas can be explored. As you make your way through the quaint villages of San Miniato and Greve treat yourself to a glass of Chianti, and a meal of fine Italian cheese, and grilled meats before heading to the dramatic medieval houses in San Gimignano and the Church of San Salvatore in Castellina. The fortified towns of Radda and Gaiole offer a rich offering of cultural experiencing, while Rapolano Terme provides a relaxing thermal spa set amongst rolling green hills. End your adventure in Montepulciano, taking in the elegant Renaissance palaces and panoramic views of the Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys.
The most convenient airport to get to the Italian Countryside is Pisa International Airport located in Pisa, Italy, with flights arriving from major European destinations. If you’re travelling from Canada or the USA, you’ll have to make a stop in London, Rome, Amsterdam or Munich. Travellers that are already in Italy can get to Tuscany by train or take a flight.