It is easy to understand why Tuscany is such a beloved Italian region. Think about rows of cypresses, old stone farmhouses and picturesque fields. Add to this gorgeous landscape fascinating cities such as Florence and its Renaissance past or Pisa and its leaning tower. Do not forget little gems, for example the fortified towns of Lucca and Cortona. Finally, discover the wines and gastronomy, an integral part of the experience.
Often described as "Tuscany's sister", the Umbrian countryside offers a similar palette of colours and sceneries, with the bewitching Lake Trasimeno as a focal point. A smaller region, Umbria offers easy access to its numerous towns worthy of a visit, from the most famous like Spoleto, Perugia or Assisi to the smaller Montelfaco or Città di Castello. As for mountain lovers, they should head east towards Gubbio and Norcia.
Le Marche offer mountains perfect for skiing, long golden beaches and mysterious caverns such as the Frasassi Caves. There is a selection of lively seaside resorts to choose from for entertainment; if you are after a more peaceful atmosphere, you can head to one of the many national parks, like the Sibillini Mountains. You could also experience the hospitality and culinary delights of a farmhouse and of course visit Urbino and its Palazzo Ducale.