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Anyone who chooses the magic of villas in Tuscany for their holidays is already onto a very good thing, with the seemingly endless beauty of the Tuscan landscape all around, and easy access to some of Europe’s most gorgeous cities. It’s the perfect setting for those who like to get out and explore the countryside, as well as those who prefer to stroll down picturesque old town streets. But where to go? There are great walking routes in every part of the region – here are just a few ideas!
Near Florence: a popular choice for people seeking villas in Tuscany is the countryside near Florence, thanks to the myriad wonders of the ultimate Renaissance city. It’s also a great location for hiking fans, with its proximity to the Mugello Valley, which is simply breathtaking in its unspoilt beauty. To get a feel for the area, why not start with exploring the routes out of Fiesole, a picturesque town not far from Florence, before heading onwards into the valleys chestnut woods, historic communies, and lush forest-draped mountainsides?
Near Siena: Surrounded by spectacular hill countryside, Siena is a wonderful place to begin exploring Tuscany’s landscapes. The biggest draw in this area the Val d’Orcia, considered one of the region’s best places to walk. Running from the area just south of Siena to Monte Amiata, this valley has been a favourite subject for artists across the centuries. The towns and villages that can be seen scattered among its gentle slopes are packed with history and charm – you’ll hardly notice time passing.
Lucca: For anyone who wishes they could find a happy medium between countryside and city for a pleasant walk, Lucca is perfect – its old city walls have, over the ages, been transformed into a verdant promenade overlooking the historic town centre. More serious walkers will also benefit from villas in Tuscany around this area, as the nearby Pisan mountains provide excellent hiking terrain.