Tuscany and Umbria has such a beautiful landscape to explore!
Of course you can go by car, it’s just a matter of buying a map and the open road is yours to explore. You can also ride a bike. Italians love cycling, especially on weekends. Then you get to ride on mountain curves. Or why not rent horses and ride up over the hills? Or rent a sailboat and sail off from Tuscany to the islands of Elba, Giglio and Vannutri. Or maybe all the way to Corsica, Sardinia …
Is there anything more soothing than to walk along the Strada Bianca, a dirt road, through the landscape. One can always ask for directions along the way. Italians are very helpful, but mostly in Italian. A small phrase book is very useful: Dritto – straight ahead, Indietro – Back, Sinistra – left, Destra – right. Piano Piano – take it easy …
All year round you can swim in the hot springs of Tuscany. The water is 38 degrees, and are in the area around Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany. There are both natural rock pools around the countryside, and lavish facilities with waterfalls and all kinds of body treatment
East, the Apennines with peaks of 2,700 metres, and several plateaus. Here are several ski resorts.
The nearest slopes are, however, in Tuscany. Monte Amiata 1,700 metres. These you can reach for day skiing. Twelve runs and six lifts. There is equipment rental and restaurants.
Lago Trasimeno is Italy’s fourth largest lake. Here you can swim, sail and fish. Or visit one of the three islands.
If you want to swim in the sea you drive west to the coast of Tuscany. Porto Santo Stefano with a genuine feeling of the Riviera is a must, as well as Porto Ercole and Talamone. From Siena to the coast takes approximately one hour. From Lago Trasimeno about two hours and fifteen minutes.