- Visit the Renaissance glory of Tuscany, Florence.
- The southern part of Tuscany, the Val D’Orcia has the rolling hills, medieval towns and fine wines of the rest of Tuscany, just without as many crowds.
- For wine enthusiasts, visit Montepulciano and try its famed Vina Nobile.
- On the border of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, known as Toscana Romagna, the countryside is stunning with amazing views over the Apennine mountains.
- For a beach holiday, head to the island of Elba, an hour’s ferry journey from the mainland.
From the blog
Piero della Francesca’s ‘Madonna del Parto’
Tuscany & Emilia Romagna
This is Tuscany at its best: all the essential ingredients – rolling hills, medieval towns, fine wines but without the crowds and busy traffic. Pienza is one of Tuscany's most beautiful towns, illustrating the finest virtues of Renaissance architecture by Pope Pius II who was born there at the beginning of the 15th century. Its piazza, whose four sides are lined with the Duomo and Palazzos Piccolomini, Borgia and Communale, exudes serenity and is precisely where visitors would wish to sit in contemplation after a stop at one of the town's restaurants.
Montepulciano offers wine lovers its famous Vino Nobile, a just reward for climbing its steep main street up to the town square. Smaller and quieter, walled Montalcino has a perfect tiny triangular piazza to watch the world go by, and sample its prize winning Brunello. The spa town of Bagni Vignoni is another 'must visit' for its antique pool in the main square. Chuisi is a favourite because it is unpretentious and unspoilt by tourism yet has just as interesting treasures as its better known Etruscan neighbours. Similarly, San Quirico d'Orcia is a delight for those who like their medieval towns on the sleepy side.
Our properties in Emilia Romagna are located in the far south west of the region on the border with Tuscany. Locally known as Toscana Romagna, the region was once part of Tuscany and an area where Florentines built beautiful farmhouses and palaces until Mussolini included it in the province of Forlì.
Emilia Romagna itself is known for its string of Romanesque and Renaissance cities: Bologna, Parma, Modena and Ferrara, and also for Ravenna which holds some of the world's finest Byzantine mosaics.
Many of those visiting Toscana Romagna will find it difficult to leave the beautiful countryside of the Apennine mountains but Faenza with its world-famous ceramics museum and production house, is well worth a visit particularly on market day. Brisighella is also of interest being well known for its restaurants and splendid medieval fortress. The historic towns of Porto di Romagna and Comacchio, Emilia Romagna's answer to Venice with its 3 main canals, will delight the more inquisitive traveller.