possibly the greatest repository of art in the world
, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons.
Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine
. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture.
But arguably the most spectacular thing about Tuscany is the breathtaking scenery
. Central Tuscany is dotted with medieval hilltop fortresses
, vine-planted hillsides and sculptural stands of cypress trees; the northwest and east harbour boast dramatic mountain ranges
and fecund forests; and the central and southern coasts feature a garland of islands floating tantalisingly close to a shoreline teeming with wildlife.
The range of outdoor activities on offer is equally diverse, contributing to the region's reputation as a repository of grand-slam sights and experiences unmatched anywhere in the world.Arezzo
Arezzo is one of the wealthiest cities
in Tuscany, with ancient origins dating back to the Paleolithic era
. Although the Medieval centre was destroyed during World War II, the city has plenty of monuments, churches and museums remaining that offer visitors a chance to step back into history.Florence
is 1 hour 10 mins away, Siena
is 45 mins away (both by car). Add car hire to venture further and really make the most of this incredibly rich region.