MAREMMA, TUSCANY, ITALY
Italy is one of my favorite countries to visit. For most of many travelers, it has the perfect combination of gastronomy,
great people, and rich culture and history and the farther you move away from the big cities such as Rome and Venice,
you will find that Italy is a rather inexpensive place to visit as well. For me, this is the pull of Italy, and although
I have been going to Italy to visit every year for the last three years, there are many regions left to explore
that on the only trip I’ll make to Europe this year, Italy is a definite go.
If you are seeking an authentic Italian experience and want to acquaint yourself with the extremely warm
Italian hospitality, I recommend a stay in the countryside, preferably in a farmhouse (called “agriturismo”).
There’s a whole slew of these farmhouses all over Italy and most, if not all, will have a “kilometer zero”
philosophy when it comes to food. That means the wine you’re drinking and the cheese you’re having is
either grown and produced within the property, or sourced from a neighbor’s farm.
Tuscany is on the radar of many travelers. After all, some of the great Italian wines that have
garnered fame in the US are produced here. Also, it has a very romantic and picturesque flair to
it – medieval castles, rolling hills, vineyards. But after you’ve seen Florence and Siena and its
neighboring hill towns, there are many other parts of Tuscany that are worth seeing
and even coming back for on a return trip to Tuscany.
Here’s an alternative itinerary to Tuscany in the province of Maremma. Part mountain, part
coastline, this southern part of Tuscany is easily accessible either by train or car from Rome.
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