A Sunday drive through postcard-perfect scenery, wind in hair, Italian pop-rock blaring on the radio, stopping only to sample local culinary delights and explore picturesque hilltop towns. Italians know how to do life. And you can’t do Italy without a road trip through Tuscany.
We recommend Siena as a base - not only will you fall in love with the medieval cityscape and spectacular vistas, but it’s much less crowded and easier to drive to and from than Florence.
Road Trip Hit List:
Chianti - verdant hills and forests, perfect vineyards, medieval castles, delightful villages, and, of course, infamous vino.
Val d’Orcia - probably the most extraordinary countryside in Italy, a sea of undulating green hills, cypress lined roads, and some of the most beautiful Tuscan hills towns and villages, not to mention the delicious local products, like wine, cheese, olive oil.
Pienza & Montepulciano - two enchanting Renaissance villages where every corner is filled with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Castiglione della Pescaia - stop for lunch at this relaxed seaside resort town. Pierbacco (www.pierbacco.it) is one of those unassuming looking Italian seaside Trattoria's that attracts a chi-chi summer clientele; the tagliolini with clams and bottarga are the signature.
Relais Campo Regio (www.camporegio.com) - Located in the centre of Siena, this ancient historic residence has great charm and a spectacular view over the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Siena’s Duomo.
For an authentic Tuscan experience stay in a beautifully restored farmhouse in the countryside www.akvillas.com/luxury-villas-italy/luxury-villas-tuscany
Live like a local - Prosecco before dinner, Chianti during, and espresso after. Only tourists ask for cappuccinos after 10am.