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Tuscany (Italian: Toscana) is a region on Italy's west coast, on the Tyrrhenian sea.
The Tuscan islands:
Tuscany has two very diverse faces - the art cities such as Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa on the one hand, and the countryside on the other. The small towns, villages, castles, villas and vineyards of Tuscany make a welcome change from the traffic and noise of some of the larger Tuscan cities.
Florence and Pisa have important airports. Every major city has a railway station.
Florence is an important rail destination.
Renting a car already at the airport can be recommended.
Chianti has almost as many fine restaurants as vineyards. One example is the Ristoro Di Lamole . It has a wide balcony with panoramic views out over the hills, and depending on the time of year you will get a great sunset as you eat. The staff speak good english, and the customers are a mix of locals and Americans, with a few British as well. A starter, main and bottle of local vintage wine will cost around 30 Euros per head, plus tip, and they won't let you leave until you've made a serious dent on the bottle of complimentary limoncello.
Tuscany is famed for its wines, most notably Chianti, Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino.
There are many different types of accommodation in Tuscany. From affordable hotels  and bed and breakfast  to the more upmarket traditional villas such as the ones provided by Toscana Rustica  in the Lunigiana region.
For anyone planning to stay in the Tuscan countryside, "agritourism" (agriturismo) is the way to go. In broad terms this means finding your accommodation on farms and vineyards, where many farmers make additional income by renting out rooms, apartments or free-standing houses to tourists. Swimming pools are usually available.
The Chianti Classico zone of Tuscany, which lies between Florence and Siena, offers many possibilities. Agritourism accommodation here is usually less expensive than hotels or pensiones and of course provides the facilities for preparing your own meals.
You can reach from the central station of Florence the regions of: