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Tuscany and Umbria Travel Information

Described by the poet Shelley as a paradise of exiles, Tuscany epitomises the quintessential Italian countryside, its rolling hills of green olive groves and chianti vineyards punctuated by dark cypress trees and topped by perfectly preserved mediaeval hilltowns, none more beautiful than San Gimignano.

One of the most amazing sites in the area is Pisa with its world famous tower.

Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Neighbouring Umbria remains, for the moment at least, one of Italy's best kept secrets. Here lies a gentle, pastoral region with a more dynamic mountain landscape where ancient hilltowns have a pinkish glow in the setting sun.

Tuscany and Umbria Travel Information

Getting There
Direct flights are to Pisa, Florence or Rome from London and other UK airports.

Getting Around
For travelling around Tuscany and Umbria, your best form of transport is car hire which you can pre book here at Hessle Travel at competitive rates.

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Must See

San Gimignano
A gem of a hilltop town, San Gimignano is one of Tuscany's most famous and best preserved mediaeval towns. Its 13 mediaeval towers, visible from miles around, dominate the surrounding skyline and are a testament to the city's former power.

San Gimignano
View of San Gimignano

Nowhere are the regions mediaeval traditions more alive than in Siena, a city built around the 12th century cathedral and the unique shell shaped Piazza Del Campo famous for Siena's Palio, a unique bareback horse race dating from mediaeval times. Just north of Siena is the Chianti Classico region, where some of Italy's best wines are produced.

A Beautifully preserved fortified town dating from 1203, located high on a hilltop just north of Siena. Within the walls, the sleepy village consists of a large piazza and a pretty Romanesque church. Be sure to visit the craft shops and purchase some of the local Castello di Monteriggioni wines.

World famous for its Leaning Tower, Still standing despite leaning at a seemingly impossible angle, Pisa is also home to a splendid Cathedral and Baptistry.

Capital of Umbria and set on a hill with breathtaking views of the surrounding verdant countryside, Perugia's attractions include an underground city, undiscovered for 300 years.

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