August in Tuscany is magical. Fields of sunflowers dot the countryside, baking sunny days feel endless and an atmosphere of total relaxation is in the air.
The regions hill towns come to life in the summer months as crowds flock in to sample local food and wine, take in the jaw-dropping views and generally enjoy a taste of la dolce vita.
Best areas to visit in Tuscany and Umbria
The regions big names are well known and popular. You should by all means see Tuscanys San Gimignano and Montalcino, but look elsewhere for quieter beauties.
In the Umbrian towns of Todi, Amelia and Spoleto youll find tranquil piazza cafes, excellent restaurants and an even more relaxed atmosphere.
To explore the region you need your own wheels motorised or not somewhere to stay for the night and a pair of sturdy walking shoes for those cobbled slopes.
Accommodation in central Italy
Renting a villa is one way to tackle the area, but in-the-know travellers head for agriturismo working farms which offer accommodation and fantastic food to visitors. Argriturismo cater to all budgets, while villas can be expensive in the peak summer periods. Book ahead for the best deals.
Planning your trip
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