Whether you’re a wine aficionado or not, you’ve probably heard of Chianti — one of Italy’s best-known wines. What you may not know is that there are several sub-regions underneath the umbrella of Chianti, including one that’s a great day trip option from Pisa — the Colli Pisani, or Pisan Hills.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Italy so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Italy!
The gorgeous Tuscan hills surrounding Siena are made for hiking – there are plenty of trails between towns, and the scenery in all directions is exactly what you want from Tuscany. But when you’re only visiting for a short time, it can be a bit intimidating to set out on your own – which is where guided hiking tours from Siena come in.
With a neighbor like Tuscany, it’s no surprise that the region of Umbria in the heart of Italy has been overshadowed for a good long time. It is, however, full of the same kind of natural beauty and historic monuments that you’ll see in Tuscany, as you’ll see in episode three of Dream of Italy.
Tuscany – the name alone conjures images of sun-soaked hills and medieval villages, not to mention exceptional food and wine. This is the region that so many Italian dreams are made of. It’s fitting, then, that it’s the introductory episode in the new 6-part Dream of Italy TV series airing on PBS.
There are many places that call themselves the “Venice” of their geographic area – but even within Italy, there are some places that feel a bit like the famous canal city. In the coastal Tuscan city of Livorno there is a neighborhood known as the Venezia District, or (more colloquially) “Little Venice.”