Italian Vacations in Tuscan Villas
Silvery olive groves, terra cotta roofs, and the light of a setting sun hitting the rolling hillsides-Tuscany, or Toscana, brings to mind such vivid sights. In this vast countryside situated in central Italy, you'll find myriad towns each with their own personality.
With Florence as the capital of this region and the birthplace of the Renaissance, culture and incomparable art, history abounds with museums to visit and medieval towns to tour. Be sure to head to Chianti for wine tours, and walk the narrow streets of the medieval hill town, Montalcino also famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine.
Venture to Forte dei Marmei and visit the fortress built to protect this lovely seaside town along the northern coastline of Tuscany, popular with well heeled Italians for sunbathing, sailing and, of course, the best spaghetti alla vongole! But the simple pleasures of staying in a Tuscan villa are present here perhaps more than any other destination-the site of blooming roses in the spring, the sound of church bells, and the Saturday morning markets.