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Buildings the colour of ripe corn, hills with gentle curves and folds scored here and there by steep ravines, as scarred and eroded as any cowboy badlands; here in the countryside beats the heart of rural Tuscany.
Eastern Tuscany holds some cinematic oh-wow moments and with relatively few people bothering to venture beyond Arezzo’s historic centre – the heart of both the city and the region – you’ll be wowed with plenty of elbowroom.
The rivalry between historic adversaries Siena and Florence continues to this day, and participation isn't limited to the locals – most travellers tend to develop a strong preference for one over the other.
This is a land of lush rumpled hills, distant smoky mountains and ancient hill-top villages.
Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong.
A convenient base for visiting the rest of Tuscany, this valley stretching from Chianti to the Maremma can be relied upon to tick many of the boxes on your Tuscan 'must-do' list, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy food, wine, museums and scenery.
A local legend says that when Venus rose from the waves, seven precious stones fell from her tiara, creating seven islands off the Tuscan coast.
Lovely Lucca is a precious pearl of a city that endears itself to everyone who visits.
Napoleon would think twice about fleeing Elba today.
The ancient vineyards in this photogenic part of Tuscany produce the grapes used in the ruby-red Chianti and Chianti Classico DOCGs, blends of red grapes with a minimum 75% (Chianti) or 80% (Chianti Classico) Sangiovese component.
This picturesque agricultural valley is a Unesco World Heritage site, as is the town of Pienza on its northeastern edge.
As you crest the hill coming from the east, the 15 towers of this walled hill town look like a medieval Manhattan.
Arezzo may not be a Tuscan centrefold, but those parts of its historic centre that survived merciless WWII bombings are as compelling as any destination in the region.
Rearing up inland from the Versilian Riviera are the Apuane Alps, a rugged mountain range protected by the Parco Regionale delle Alpi Apuane and beckoning hikers with a trail of isolated farmhouses, medieval hermitages and hilltop villages.