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Introducing Southern Tuscany

Diversity reigns supreme in southern Tuscany. Here, it's possible to travel from sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains in the space of a few hours, passing marshy coastal plains teeming with wildlife, vine-covered slopes and dramatically sited hill towns along the way. Matched to these landscapes are activities of every description – visitors can swim, walk, horse ride, mountain-bike ride and bird-watch to their hearts' content, spending days in the fresh air and nights relaxing in atmospheric agriturismi (accommodation on working farms or wine estates).

But there's more to the region than the great outdoors. Locals are fiercely proud of the ancient customs of the Maremma, as the region is commonly called, and history resonates in every city, town and village. Inland, there's a wealth of Etruscan archaeological sites and plenty of medieval and Renaissance settlements with historic streets, churches and museums – exploration of these is sure to keep you busy.