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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Chianti Vineyards Tours in Private Luxury Van from Florence
- During the 8-hour guided tour you'll have the opportunity to visit some of the most famous vineyards, see their wine cellars and taste excellent wines.
- Visit small villages such as Greve, Castellina and Radda in Chianti and ancient castles, hidden among green hills and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.
- This tour is a perfect combination of culinary delights, arts and culture. This private tour can be customized from locations you visit to the starting time of the tour.
Florence Walking Tour: Renaissance Secrets and Scandals
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2-Hour Cycling Tour in Florence
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Your experienced guide will lead you along the Florentine streets and share his knowledge of the city with you.
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