An architectural jewel set in the magnificent open countryside. By papal decree in 1462, Pope Pius II decided to rebuild the village of his birth and commissioned Bernardo Rossellino to the task. Also famous for the worlds best Pecorino cheeses.Montepulciano
Famed for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine. The Etruscan towns central square, the Piazza Grande, is as beautiful as any in Italy. The spectacular San Biagio church sits just below the town at the far end of a long avenue of tall cypres trees.Montalcino
Clusters of roses line the endless rows of vineyards parading up and down the low slung hills. The area produces one of the worlds best winesBrunello di Montalcino.Cortona
Full of rich artistic heritage, this is the town that inspired Frances Mayes book, Under the Tuscan Sun. Walk on the cobble-stoned streets or enjoy an espresso at a sidewalk caffè.
Home to the Chianti Classico and Chianti Rufina wine growing regions.Siena
With its colorful history and unique horse race, the Palio. Outside of Florence, Siena possesses the richest artistic heritage in Tuscany, and a wonderful Wednesday morning market.Pisa
Home of the Duomo, the Bapistry, and the famous leaning Campanile used by Galileo to disprove Aristotles theory of falling objects.San Gimignano
The best-preserved medieval town in Tuscany with 13 of its original 70 towers, built for defense and symbols of social standing.Villa La Foce
A famed interpretation of Renaissance gardens, this nearby villa is tantalizing because of Iris and Antonio Origos landscaping begun in the 1920s. La Foce is also the home of an international music festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena.Bagno Vignoni
A spa town built by the Romans to enjoy the thermal waters of Monte Amiata.Florence
The birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture. Florence is also renowned for shops specializing in leather goods and designer clothes.Arezzo
Founded by the Etruscans, famous for Piero della Francescas newly restored frescoes of Leggenda della Vera Croce in the 13th century church of San Francesco. Arezzo is also home to Tuscanys finest antique market held on the first Sunday of each month.