Despite being barely a blip on many visitors’ radars, Southern Tuscany is really a region for the Italy connoisseur. Here you'll encounter the intensely atmospheric Città del Tufo, a trio of still-inhabited hill towns that have been sculpted from volcanic rock since Etruscan times. Further north, more Etruscan gems await at Roselle and Vetulonia, and one of Tuscany's most charming hilltop towns, Massa Marittima. Around all of these destinations, extraordinary archaeological sites, Renaissance settlements, churches and museums lie waiting to be explored.
An embarrassment of natural riches means you can travel from sandy beaches to snowy mountains in just a few hours, passing wildlife-packed marshes and vine-covered slopes en route. The activities on offer are irresistible: swim, hike, horse ride and mountain bike by day before recharging over flavoursome Maremmese food and wine in secluded agriturismi (farmstays) by night.