Tuscany & Liguria
The region that reinvented literature, art and science continues to enchant and enlighten – and the beaches aren’t too shabby either.
Tuscany and Liguria are two of Italy’s 20 administrative regions. Their respective capital cities, Florence and Genoa, are home to regional parliaments.
The combined population of these two provinces is just over five million. Italy gets more than 45 million tourists a year, placing it fifth after France, the USA, China and Spain. Rome is the most visited city; Florence leads in Tuscany and Liguria.
Genoa; The Ligurian city is known for its seafaring ways – it’s Italy’s largest port and Christopher Columbus is its favourite son. The historic centre offers numerous monuments, churches and fortresses.
Portofino; Portofino may be the last word in see-andbe- seen Italian resorts, but non-billionaires are also welcome in this colourful fishing village, with mid-range hotels and low-key eateries easy to find.
Cycling in rural Tuscany is a treat. The landscape is stunning, the roads are generally excellent. Tuscany isn’t known for its islands, the Seven Sisters – seven islands situated between the Tuscan coast and Corsica.Tuscany is the birthplace of the Renaissance, a cultural and scientific movement that started in Florence in the 14th century and then spread throughout Europe.
Florence While Tuscany’s capital is renowned for its peerless cultural treasures, it has one foot in the future, too. A spate of new nightclub and bar openings has made it the region’s most vibrant city.