Central Italy & Italian Islands
When we fell for Italy, chances are it was in a Tuscan village, possibly enjoying a glass of Prosecco in a cobbled square, deep within the foothills lined with cypress trees. As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is also a mecca for art lovers, and a trip to Florence, and to the Uffizi Gallery is a must. But, then again, those rolling hills, and hilltop villages are where you’ll find the true heartland of the country - the best food, and the juiciest Chianti too. Pisa too, is a must-see attraction, as are Siena, Sarteano, San Gimignano… do we need to go on? Well, there’s also the Eternal City. No trip to central Italy is complete without a wander back 2,000 years, through the treasure-filled streets of Rome. Offshore, tiny Elba is a very special place, with an appeal out of all proportion to its size and, in the charming city of Portoferraio tuck into seafood restaurants that are the equal of anywhere in the Mediterranean.