Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
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Pedal from one unbelievable view to the next. Marvel at extraordinary Renaissance art and architecture. And savor delicious pecorino cheese, homemade pasta, fruity olive oils and celebrated Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino wines. Few things in this world live up to the hype. We're happy to report that everything you've heard about Tuscany is true.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Plus Hotels
Start Arezzo / End Florence
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Explore some of the region's most celebrated towns, including Pienza, a World Heritage site famous for pecorino cheese, exquisite ceramics and Renaissance architecture | After savoring a spread of Tuscan specialties, ride cypress-lined roads through southern Tuscany's open undulating terrain into the Val d'Orcia | Montepulciano, with its winding streets and hidden squares, invites a stroll.
This charming family-owned hotel overlooks the town's central piazza, whose ancient pool is fed by underground thermal springs. (pool, spa)
Climb by bike through a sea of vineyards to the wine village of Montalcino, where enoteche pour samples and remarkable views reach as far as Siena on a clear day | Check out Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the region's most notable monastery, where monks still pray in Gregorian chant.
An agricultural estate standing on a high ridge between the Chiana Valley and the famed Crete Senesi. (pool)
Engage in a fascinating Q&A session with a renowned local author | Bike past the exposed chalk hills of the Crete Senesi, often depicted in 14th- and 15th-century Florentine and Sienese paintings | Sun-drenched pastures dotted with sheep and crumbling stone farmhouses make way for oak woodland and olive groves | Take some time to explore Siena on your own | Ride rolling hills alongside Chianti Classico and Sangiovese vineyards | Get to know ridgetop Radda, the center of Chianti wine production, and if your legs so desire, pedal all the way to Castellina, a medieval village with a unique arcaded passageway | Looking for a gift? Family-owned Ceramiche Rampini offers ceramics hand-painted in the Renaissance tradition.
A tranquil 16th-century villa with wooded grounds, an Italian-style garden and a small church with frescoes by Arcangelo Salimbeni. (pool)
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