My Travels in Italy


There is a reason so many people visit Tuscany. The scenery is stunning, the food and wine are excellent and the enjoyment of being in the country remains a long time.

There is no single "Tuscan scene" as the region has a broad variety of topography. The Region includes scenic beaches along the coast, hills covered with olive groves, rolling mountains, cypresses trees along small winding roadways, vineyards around every corner and barren tracks of grey clay south of Siena. The region can be green and lush, or almost desert like. It is a visual treat.


An old article in the travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, recommended taking the time to really travel in Tuscany. Not just quick drives from one location to another, but to explore the Region. The article recommended driving the strade bianche -- the white roads. We took that article to heart and have

We recommend the Michelin series of maps. The various categories of roads clearly standout. The while roads as basically community roads. Some of the more exciting scenes have been on these, but they are not really intended for travelling distances.

The yellow roads are more reasonable, although these are small and will go through every village and town.

The red roads are the National Roads including Autostrada class highways. The Michelin Maps shade the scenic routes in green. Well worth taking one of the scenes routes where that is an option.



Montecatini Terme
Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Abbey S. Antimo
Castellina in Chianti
Colle di Val d'Elsa
Crete Senesi
San Gimignano