Tuscany should be visited all year round and the many small local realities give the region its continuing fascination. Our latest Tuscany travel articles below.
You may not know much about Monticchiello, a small medieval hamlet overlooking the Val d'Orcia in the province of Siena.
But everyone knows the classic Tuscan image of the winding cypress tree road and one of the symbols of Italy. And at the end of that road is Monticchiello.
Not far from Pienza it's easy to miss. From a distance only the robust hill tower is visible, but as you get close the formidable defensive walls, medieval gate and castle come into view.
Fashion shopping outlets in Tuscany, but across much of Italy, are the new travel leisure experience. Books have been written about their cultural effect and social implications, but they have been firmly inserted into many tour packages.
The Apuane Alps in north west Tuscany near Massa Carrara are not for the faint hearted. Every year handfuls of excursionists tend to go missing or worse, both experienced and day trekkers. Not surprisingly the hills have frightened everyone for centuries.
I am doing research for a movie on the court and food influence of Caterina dei Medici. I would greatly appreciate the Renaissance menu of Caterina dei Medici as another resource.
'Le Terre del Rinascimento' is the name of the initiative aimed at promoting the comune of Ceretto Guidi, Empoli, Montelupo Fiorentino and Vinci.
The area lies to the north and south of the autostrada running between Florence and Pisa and, while these two centers have their well known charms, we recommend pulling off and discovering the towns and sights either side.
One of the best ways to visit the Lunigiana, an area extending from the Appenines to the Apuan Alps, is by bicycle.
The proposed itineraries below from the Consorzio Lunigiana Turistica make up an open circuit which can be started at any point.