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Tuscany & Umbria

From Tuscany's rolling hills and endless rows of vines in Chianti, the patchwork olive groves, castles, historic towns and farmhouses and the gastronomic delights for whuich Tuscany is renowned, this region cannot fail to please. Known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria is a spectacular region of attractive and hisotric towns, nestled in gentle scenery with marvellous views.

Insider Tip

Be sure that the Chianti you drink sports the Black Cockeral label on the bottle - the symbol of authenticity of the Chianti classico.

 
 

Food & Drink

 

food and drink in tuscany & umbria Widely recognised throughout Italy for its cuisine, Tuscan specialities rely on good basic staples such as extra virgin olive oil, vine-ripened tomatoes, beans, hams and fresh vegetables. As a major wine-producing area in Italy, the region's wines make ideal partners to the local food. Most famous for its red wines, namely Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino, there are also many good white wines here, such as the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, which are generally best drunk young..

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Shopping

shopping in tuscany & umbria 

Locally-produced food, such as home-made pasta, panforte from Siena, grappa and wine make excellent gifts and are always well recieved back home. Weekly markets are held in many of the region's towns and villages and provide a good opportunity to pick up some bargains.

In the Umbrian region, Perugia is where the famous antiques market is held in the Giardini Carducci on the last Sunday of each month, attracting visitors from across Italy. Crafts following ancient traditions from the 13th century can be purchased in the town of Assisi. 

 

Things to do

 

excursions in tuscany & umbria Tuscany
Take a tour of the villages of the Chianti Classico wine region, discovering the main villages such as Radda, Gaiole and Catellina in Chianti, looking out for vendita diretta (wine for sale) signs along the way.

The beautifully-preserved fortified town of Monterriggoni, with its traditional town square is a smattering of authentic restaurants and trattorias, is just one of the many hill towns of Tuscany just waiting to be discovered.

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