Perhaps this should be called the Hidden Highlights of Tuscany? We're referring to a line running from Pisa to Florence and everything south of this, with the exception of the coast and San Gimignano.
This section includes the old state of Siena, Arezzo, Volterra, Montalcino and all the medieval villages around. Montalcino produces some of Tuscany’s finest wine – Brunello, we can of course arrange a wine tasting at Capanna a major wine producer here.
Cortona is at the southern edge of Tuscany moving into neighbouring Umbria, just north of Lago Trasimeno. Cortona was made famous with the American film, Under the Tuscan Sun. From here it is easy to visit Assisi.
Accommodation in this region include: Villa San Paolo Spa Hotel, Hotel Villa Ducci, Hotel Relais Santa Chiara, Agriturismo Le Selvole Farmhouse, Hotel Borgo Pignano, Maisonettes at Borgo Pignano, Cottages at Borgo Pignano, Hotel Certaldo, Castello Sonnino, Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro, Palazzo Mannaioni Toscana, Villa La Torretta, Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe, Hotel Croce Di Malta, Grand Hotel & La Pace, Montecatini Palace & Spa, Grand Hotel Panoramic and Hotel Torretta.
Montecatini Terme a spa town mid way between Pisa and Florence known for the art deco buildings and the Tettucio, a Liberty style spa building.
The low season here is July and August. The railway station has a good regular service to Florence, stopping at Pistioa and Prato, both of which are worth visiting. Travel west and go directly to Lucca or terminate at Viareggio on the coast.
The original settlement of Montecatini Alto is reached by a funicular railway.
Siena spent many years fighting nearby Florence and it is wonderful to visit today, particularly in July or August for the Palio. We work very closely with Castel Monastero and we can offer you a package with seats in an apartment overlooking the finish line of the Palio, here you will be entertained with food and drinks for the unique experience.
This is a great base to use for those wishing to enjoy some time by the pool whilst also enjoying days out visiting local culture. Leonardo's home is nearby in the down of Vinci.
Volterra is certainly worth a special mention, dating back to the Etruscans, in fact the entry gate to the city is built upon Etruscan bricks, followed by Roman. During world war 2 the Germans were about to blow the gate in order to stop the advancing allied troops, before retreating. However the locals pleaded with the German commander, not to destroy this historical gate and they promised that they would delay the allied advance on condition the gateway was left intact. Today we can say thank you to those people. Volterra also has Roman remain from an amphitheatre to temples and a market. It is also famous for its alabaster. You can see the alabaster being carved in one of several workshops.
Got a Passion for Tuscany?
If you’re looking for an excellent Tuscan holiday, why not choose the The Hidden Highlights in Southern Tuscany, Italy?