Tuscany is quintessential Italy: a land that launched a thousand picture postcards of sunflowers and cypress trees. It's home to the nation's most celebrated city - Florence, the birth place of the Renaissance, where you can see the world's richest of artistic treasures - and taste some finest gelati. Then there are the exquisite hill towns, like Cortona; medieval Siena, with it's shell-shaped piazza, Il Campo; Lucca, perfectly preserved inside its ancient walls; Arezzo, where you can see some of Piero della Francesca's finest frescoes. The list of world class sights is endless, from Pisa's Leaning Tower to San Gimignano's medieval 'skyscrapers'. And, if you tire of art, you can follow wine trails in Chianti, go walking in the sleep Garfagnana, or ride horses in the wild Maremma. Including sections on what the locals say to help you find those lesser-known gems, a month-by-month guide to pros and cons of visiting at certain times of the year, tips on the perfect places to picnic and pick-up your goodies, plus a series of great driving routes and city walks.