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Outdoor Italy: Walking, Cycling & More

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

Visiting the Val d'Orcia

It is dangerous work to deal in superlatives when talking about Tuscany. Around each bend, through the rolling hills, you can expect to discover mesmerising views in every direction. And yet, the Val d’Orcia is something else. It is, in many ways, the essence of Tuscany. Discover what makes this UNESCO World Heritage one of Tuscany’s most beautiful valleys.

Top 5 Romantic Things to Do in Tuscany

Whether you are searching for the wedding villa of your dreams, or simply want a romantic getaway, Tuscany is full of activities that will ignite your passion and demonstrate your love to your soulmate. We’ve curated a collection of our favourite 5 romantic things to do in Tuscany, to help couples create unforgettable memories and experience Tuscan romance.

Top Walking Trails along the Tuscany Coast

Whether you are staying in a villa near the Tuscany coast and Maremma, or simply want to explore the area for the day, we have put together a list of our favourite walking trails along the Tuscan coast. Ancient monasteries, intimate treasure coves, turquoise waters and breath-taking views — these outdoor itineraries will put you in contact with the natural beauty of Tuscany. Just remember to bring the right pair of shoes and enough water for the day!

8 Tuscany Beaches You Must Not Miss

Where can you find the best beaches along Tuscany's long stretch of coastline? Our guide to beaches and beach resorts along the Tuscany coast includes remote, wild sands at Cala Violina and Collelungo, easy Mediterranean island daytrips, and some of Tuscany's snorkelling hotspots.

Saddle Up for Horseback Riding in Tuscany

Among all Italian regions, Tuscany probably has the widest choice of stables and near-perfect topography for riding out. It’s easy to find riding schools for lessons or a short excursion on horseback. There is plenty of choice for day-long guided treks with a picnic, too. Here, we lay out some options, including children's riding.

Italian Truffles: How You Can Find Them

Pigs or dogs? Oak trees or pine forest? Winter or summer? Read this for advice on finding the king of fungi during a stay at one of our villas. We also recommend a foraging tour, where real experts can let you in on some secrets of the truffle-hunter's trade.

Cycling Tuscany: How & Where to Get Started

“Without a doubt, central Italy is my favourite destination on a bike,” says David Cleveland, author of "Bicycle Touring in Tuscany". We pass on expert advice from local cycling specialists, covering where to rent a bike, where to go and even where to stop for a picnic, if you want to see the best of Tuscany on two wheels — whether you're a novice or a Giro-wannabee.

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