For North Americans, at least, the iconic image of Italy is Tuscany (or Toscana). Has the region been highly touristed? Yes. Does it still have a treasure trove of sites, topography, and experiences to discover? Also yes. Plunge into the Renaissance, walk the evocative lanes of countless hill towns, and drink wine so delicious you too will consider buying a vineyard and fixer-upper farmhouse.

What to eat?

Pici all’aglione (thick, rustic spaghetti in a garlicky tomato sauce) with a glass of Brunello, if you can afford it, or a glass of the also-amazing Rosso di Montalcino

What to see?

Pinturicchio’s frescoes in the Piccolomini Library of Siena’s duomo

What to do?

Visit the cell of St. Francis and walk the serene grounds of the monastery Eremo Le Celle near Cortona.

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My husband and I met in Cortona (yes, the Under the Tuscan Sun town) as two undergrads from the University of Alberta doing a study abroad semester.

For more detailed information on Toscana and its endless itinerary possibilities, send me an email or book a consultation.

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