Southern Tuscany is made up of the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, locally the area is known as the Maremma area. Up into the hills there is a lot of wine production, this is where prestigious wines such as Bolgheri are grown. As you go further into the hills you enter the Alta Maremma, an area that is more mountainous.
If you are staying in Southern Tuscany, you must pay a visit to Saturnia, a famous spa town with soothing natural hot springs. The coastline in this region is mainly visited by Italians. Although the coast is picturesque, the quality of property here isn’t high, so locals tend to drive down and stay elsewhere. Before Tuscany turns into Lazio you will come across Monte Argentario, a tiny rocky island that is still connected to the mainland by a stretch of sand that you can drive over.
Florence and Siena should also be on your list of places to visit. Siena is home to Italy’s only University that does a degree in wine production (Oenology’). It was in the county of Siena where the recipe was developed for Chianti wine, the 300th anniversary of the Chianti association formation will take place this year.
Underneath Siena is the Crete Senesi region, which is characterised by its low rolling hills, lunar landscapes and farmhouses engulfed in mist. ‘Crete’ means ‘craters’, this is because this area has distinctive craters that almost look like craters on the moon.
In this region you will find lots of sheep, because it’s famous for Tuscany’s Pecorino cheese. Pecorino cheese is particularly popular in Pienza, a charming town in the province of Siena. Other stunning hilltop towns you should visit in this region include Montalcino, a town is famous for its Brunello wine, which is the most expensive red in Tuscany.
You should also spend some time in Montepulciano, a medieval town filled with Renaissance palaces and ancient churches.
It’s easy to see why Southern Tuscany is such a popular area to visit, browse through the towns below to find out more.
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Livorno Private Shore Excursion of Pietrasanta and the Michelangelo Carrara Marble Quarries with a Vermentino Wine Tasting
Customised shore excursion from the port of Livorno exploring the Carrara marble quarries, the sculpture town of Pietrasanta and a Colli di Luni Vermentino wine tasting for the discerning traveller seeking an authentic Italian experience on a small group tour with only the very best of English speaking driver guides. Discover Italy 'close up' in a Mercedes minivan of up to 7 - 8 people that takes you into the very heart of this incredible artistic area. Get the most of your time ashore to explore the chic resort of Pietrasanta and follow in the footsteps of great artists such as Michelangelo.from 710,14 US Dollar
Private Guided Tour: Pisa and Lucca from Florence
Explore the historic cities of Pisa and Lucca on an 8-hour guided tour from Florence. Discover some of the most beautiful Renaissance architecture in Tuscany; marvel at the sights of Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, such as the Leaning Tower and the Duomo.
Lovely Lucca endears itself to everyone who visits; hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot followed by a professional city guide.
Florentine Fashion Private Tour
Italian fashion originates in Florence since Roman times and continues being famous by cloth merchants of the Middle Ages. The first fashion show in Italy took place in Florence, Villa Torrigiani, 12 February 1951 and the second in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti. This tour is an excellent opportunity to have the appointment with history of fashion 'Made in Italy'.from 77,67 US Dollar
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