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Toscana

The region of Toscana is so full of things to do, see and eat - you could spend your entire holiday in this region alone. There are the cities of Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano to be explored, and that is before you take time to wander through the vineyards and olive groves, and if your timing is right, the fields of sunflowers.

Toscana is amazing for lovers of art and architecture.  There are examples of all ages and styles.  In Florence visit the Uffizi Gallery, Gallery of Palazzo Pitti, and the Museum of the Opera de Duomo, and Galleria dell'Accademia - the home of Michelangelo's David.  Florence would not be complete without a wander across the Ponte Vecchio, and maybe even a purchase from one of the many jewellery stores that line the bridge.  The pink, green and white marble of the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore,  is a must see.  A short walk from the Duomo will bring you to the San Lorenzo Markets. Great produce can be found inside the market and amazing leather goods in the street market outside.  And don't forget the views from the top of the Boboli Gardens over Florence built by the Medici family.

From Florence head to Pisa via Portedera, the home of the style icon the Vespa scooter.  There you will find the museum and factory.  In Pisa you will find the Campo dei Miracoli with the famous Leaning Tower.  In Siena you will find a preserved Medieval city, art a plenty at one of the many museums and historic houses, and the striking Piazza del Campo.  This is the site of the "Palio di Siena" in July and August - the famous horse race.

Toscana is often referred to as the home of Italian cooking. Why not take the opportunity to attend one of the many local cooking schools and sample the local olive oils, sheep's milk cheeses, roasted meats all whilst enjoying a glass of Chianti Classico or Vernaccia di San Gimignano. If a sweet treat is what you are after then you cannot go past Sienaís famous cake - Panforte.

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