Tuscany conjures images of superb Renaissance art and landscapes famous for rolling hills, olive groves, and cypress trees. The many pleasures of Tuscany include tasting wine in Chianti and simply relaxing in the piazzas of medieval towns. Whatever you do, the combination of great art, sumptuous countryside, and memorable food and wine makes a trip to this enchanting part of Italy unforgettable.
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Lucca, in the foothills of the Alps, is renowned for its music festivals. Rent a bike and ride La Mura, the promenade on the ancient ramparts.
This medieval town with that famous tower has a daily market dating from the Middle Ages, where you’ll find perfect picnic food.
A train or boat takes you along this string of quiet coastal villages. But hike the dramatic seven-mile trail, and you can eat more pasta afterward.
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In summer the famous Palio horse races, following parades with residents in medieval costumes, draw thousands to Il Campo, the pedestrian-friendly main square.
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