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Tuscany and Umbria, Italy - Highlights

Tuscany and Umbria, Italy - Highlights

story by: Inspire France & Italy

San Gimignano - One of Tuscany’s most popular towns.  Famous for its towers, its nickname is the Manhattan of Tuscany.  There were originally 72 towers surrounding the town, now only 14 remain. Walk the old city wall and enjoy the great views down the valley before exploring the little side streets.

Lucca - A wonderful walled medieval city, a true hidden treasure.  In July it hosts a summer concert series over 10 days in the picturesque Piazza Napoleone (recent artists include Pink, Simply Red, Eric Clapton) the concerts are intimate and the setting is sublime.

Siena- Built on 7 hills with the Campo (main square) in the centre, expect to be walking up, down and all around.  It has alot of charm and when you are exploring the mostly pedestrian streets of the various neighborhoods, you can’t help but soak up all that atmosphere.  You will gaze in wonder at how they could possibly get horses and people into the Campo for Palio in July and August.

Perugia - The capital of Umbria is a cool university town.  As well as cool, it is also an amazingly well preserved walled medieval city. Home to the delicious Baci chocolates - try some while you are here.

Assisi - One of Umbria’s most famous and most fabulous hilltop towns, and of course the home of St Francis

Pienza - As you wander through the narrow cobblestone streets you will be captivated.  Drink in the colourful window boxes and shuttered windows while your nose will be wondering what that strange smell is - it will be the cheese as Pienza is famous for its wide variety of quality cheese.

Greve - sits on a hilltop entirely covered by trees and vineyards.  Greve is the centre of the famous Chianti wine producing area and is home to a wonderful wine library with a museum on the history of winemaking (and of course a sample corner!)

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