Shopping in Florence: the city’s best souvenirs
After spending time in Florence, you’re likely to want to take home more than your memories. This is one of the world’s great shopping destinations, with an artisanal heritage dating back to the medieval period...
Places in Tuscany
In Siena the architecture soars, and could well lift your soul. Effectively a giant, open-air museum to the Gothic, its spiritual and secular medieval monuments still sit in harmony, many filled with collections of Sienese art. Add vibrant streets where every third door (literally) opens into a restaurant, enoteca or deli, and you’re in for a very fine time indeed.
Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compelling city. Education has fuelled the local economy since the 1400s, and students from across Italy compete for places in its elite university.
Siena & Central Tuscany
This swathe of Tuscany has a landscape to fall in love with. Rugged Chianti’s bumpy backroads reveal a timeless terrain traced with cypress avenues and criss-crossing vines. In vineyards innovative and ancient you’ll hear people talking of wine having a soul; taste it and see if you agree.
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Florence’s must-see masterpieces
Art and architecture in Florence are world-class and timeless...
Italy's six best road trips
With a network of well-maintained roads that weave through a landscape of snow-capped peaks, plunging coastlines, lakes and historic towns, Italy offers plenty of epic driving...
Planning your first trip to Italy
Arguably Europe’s most enticing country, Italy charms visitors with irresistible food, awesome architecture, diverse scenery and unparalleled art. In fact, it's so packed with possibilities it can almost overwhelm...
A wine-lovers' guide to Italy
With 400-plus grape varieties and over 2,400 wine styles, Italy is a paradise for oenophiles...