Tuscany might be wedded to the vine, but there’s more to it than that. Culture vultures will find UNESCO World Heritage Sites in larger cities like Siena and Florence. The latter, the crucial city in the Italian Renaissance, boasts Michelangelo’s David and the gravity-defying Dome of Florence Cathedral, designed by Brunelleschi. On a simple stroll, “you can admire the art and architecture of many different centuries”.
The food scene is unpretentious and hearty, centred around local ingredients and simple recipes that have been passed down through peasant-farmer families for generations. Modern Tuscans are big meat-eaters. Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a thick-cut steak cooked with olive oil, rosemary and garlic available in trattoria’s across the region. Wild game is popular too.