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Farmhouse accommodation is particularly good for families, thanks to the relaxing and restful settings, the open spaces for children to run around in and for the opportunity they give to witness farming and agriculture first hand.
Florence alone would be enough to fall in love with this region. Harmony and art are revealed in every corner of the city. Its grace shows through in the splendid noble palaces, like Palazzzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, where Vasari glorified the splendour of the Medici family, Palazzo Pitti which reveals the economic power of the Florentine bankers. The greatest works of art of Florentine Renaissance, such as the "Birth of Venus" and "Spring" by Botticelli, the works of Leonardo and Raffaello, including the famous self-portrait, can be admired at the Uffizi Museum.
Other cities deserve a visit, such as Siena, with its Piazza del Campo, the setting of the city's renowned Palio, Pisa with its Leaning Tower and the Baptistery; Arezzowith the Pieve di Santa Maria and Leghorn with its old fortress. The so-called "Toscana Minore," or Lesser Tuscany, is also extremely interesting. It is more laid-back and discrete, but still fascinating, dotted with small villages with a medieval atmosphere such as San Gimignano, Fiesole, Volterra and Montepulciano.
And fascinating are numerous Tuscan seaside resorts: from the eternal beaches of Versilia, the summer holiday queen, which by day offers super-equipped bathing establishments and, in the evening, scintillating nightlife, to more exclusive beaches on the islands of Elba, and the small jewels of Isola del Giglio, Giannutri, Pianosa, Scoglio d'Africa and Montecristo.
Obviously, any self-respecting Tuscan holiday requires a visit to the coast of the Argentario or the heart of the wild Maremma, for those who want a holiday that combines nature with history and art. On the other hand, those who want to keep fit should leave time for a relaxing massage and treatments in the hot spring waters of Saturnia (Grosseto) and Bagno Vignoni (Siena).
Tuscany is also synonymous with prestigious wine - not only Chianti - to be tasted while walking through the hills of the region, across vineyards and ancient towns. A special thought goes also to the production of oil, with its "fruity" taste, perfect on typical Tuscany dishes, such as bread and black cabbage soup and "flask-cooked" beans.