4. Tuscan drives
Driving the roads of Tuscany is quite likely to be one of the most romantic experiences you can have in Italy. As you pass through the various towns and villages of this remarkable region, you will be surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery. Travelling slowly and admiring the postcard-worthy horizon, especially early in the morning or when the sun is setting to enjoy the magical light that covers the landscapes, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Several films have taken advantage of these views to bring the unparalleled beauty of this area of Italy to the big screen. While venturing into Chianti, for example, you can take the road from Florence to Siena, also known as “SR222” or “Chiantigiana”. This crosses the entire Chianti region and is considered by many to be the most beautiful and scenic route in Italy, with its many picture-perfect vineyards, olive groves and quaint villages. However, this is just one of many examples. As you drive along Tuscany’s many scenic roads, you will pass through country towns, each more beautiful than the last. You can stop at Montalcino, for example, a small medieval town perched on a hill between the valleys of the Ombrone River, or Montepulciano, also of medieval origin, sitting on top of one of the highest hills in Tuscany. . Common to all these small towns are the exquisite wines that you can taste, as this region is known for that very reason – world-renowned vintages that will leave any oenophile enraptured. Monterriggioni, a charming little medieval jewel in the Chianti region that has retained its character from the time when it was built, and Bagno Vignoni, a small village in Val d’Orcia famous for its thermal waters and natural pools with very ancient origins, are other stops you can make on your Tuscany trip. You can drive from Siena to Bagno Vignoni, crossing the Via Cassia, or you can make a trip from Florence to Siena via the 222. There are many options and any number of amazing landscapes to enjoy. The natural beauty of this part of Italy never fails to delight.