GMT +1 hour
A rural haven of vineyards, emerald hills and olive groves
Rural Tuscany is stunning landscape punctuated by rolling hills, exquisite architecture and historical hilltop towns. Immerse yourself in enchanting Siena’s vibrant culture, with its beautiful buildings, fine art and rich history. Its medieval centre boasts the magnificent including Palazzo Comunale and is riddled with churches and museums.
Best time to visit
From May to October. However for touring and sightseeing, the quieter periods of the year are best. Beaches and outdoor swimming pools are closed from November to March.
Other fantastic resorts include the natural spa town of Monsummano Terme, renowned wine region Chianti, San Gimignano with its dramatic towers and spectacular piazzas, and Cortona - a cultural gem boasting historic churches, museums and art exhibitions.
Rural Tuscany Holiday Highlights
• Secure tickets to Palio in Siena – the most famous bareback horserace in history – where the riders and their steeds strut past the crowds in colourful finery.
• Join locals as they raise their glasses throughout September’s wine festival near Gaiole in Chianti.
• Relax in 17th-Century Monsummano Terme’s rejuvenating steamy caves – the beautiful town sits in an area known for thermal baths.
• Explore a maze of cobbled streets and admire magnificent villas in the stunning medieval hamlet of Artimino.
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I’m sitting on the medieval walls of Volterra perched high above the Tuscan landscape. Close family by my side, a glass of Chianti in hand and the faint sounds of an unknown opera drifting from an open window.
Local families are gathering for the daily sunset spectacular and as time goes by the whole scene is bathed in a mellow orange glow as far as the eye can see; punctuated only by rows of cypress trees standing proudly erect across the endless countryside. This is the Tuscany you dream about and see in the glossy travel photos. But it’s real and simply breath taking.