TUSCANY

TUSCANY

LA DOLCE VITA!

Tuscany, probably the most evocative of Italy’s regions, postcard perfect landscapes, mile after mile of verdant rolling hills dipped in the soft morning mist, vineyards that produce some of Italy’s best wines and sentinel Cypress trees that form a guard of honor at the entrance to solitary stone farmhouses that inevitably sit atop a hill. Tuscany is an enchanting land equally blessed by the genius of man and nature. A countryside so captivating that it inspired the world’s greatest artists, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo Di Vinci!

A region that unfolds across almost 9,000 square miles, the fifth largest region in Italy, its capital, Florence, was once the capital of the whole country. Birthplace of the renaissance and the art palace of Italy, Florence has the biggest concentration of art and architecture in the world!

Pisa, once a maritime powerhouse to rival Genoa and Venice, now more famous for its architectural project that went terribly wrong. However, the Leaning Tower is but one of this compelling cities notable sights. A university city, students from across Italy vie for places at this elite seat of learning.

The walled city of Lucca and the medieval city of Siena are akin to stepping back in time and are well worth a visit, but if you were to try and take in all of Tuscany’s magnificent sights it would leave no time for golf!

Florence was not only the birthplace of the renaissance, it was also the birthplace of Italian golf. The Florence Golf Club was formed in 1889 by British ex pats. The course moved 10 miles south of the city to Ugolino in the Chianti hills in 1933 and was renamed Firenze Ugolino. With a further four courses dotted around the periphery of Florence, Poggio Dei Medici, Le Pavoniere, Castelfalfi and Montecatini, this part of Tuscany has been elevated into a serious golfing destination.

A second cluster of courses can be found in Maremma in the south of Tuscany, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea, an area of intense beauty. There are four courses, the most famous of which is the amazing Argenterio Resort, situated on the peninsula of the same name. Nearby are the chic villages of Porta Ercole and Santa Stefano, both have picture postcard ports surrounded by a plethora of quality restaurant and trendy bars. Venturing northwards up the Maremma coast brings you to Punta Ala and Toscanna Il Pagalone golf resorts whilst 35 miles inland is the renowned volcanic thermal spa resort of Termi Di Saturnia and its superb Ronald Fream designed golf course.

The colour palette of Tuscany is rich with vineyard greens, the golden stone of Tuscan towns and the silver olive groves, the perfect canvas for an exceptional golfing holiday. Whether you are seeking golfing galore, a cultural crusade, a gastronomic gourmets paradise or all, Tuscany will offer….

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