As well as beautiful countryside and architecture, Tuscany has had a huge impact on the world at large.
Regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, many local historical figures have had a long lasting influence in science and art. Visiting Tuscany can at times feel like you are walking through the history books.
Tuscany has around 400 Km of coastline. The northern resorts are very busy, but in the south you will find some relief. In the coastal region of the Maremma where you will find unspoilt scenery and some good places to eat and drink.
The real charms of Tuscany lie inland with the cities and their surrounding countryside. Most notably Pisa, with its leaning tower and Cathedral, the historic centres of Siena, Pienza and Florence the Medici Villa and Gardens and the Val d’Orca.
Venice’s glory days were late in the 13th Century when it was regarded as the most powerful city in Europe. The Republic of Venice at this time had 36,000 sailors and 3,330 ships dominating Mediterranean commerce. A substantial portion of the profits made by merchants was lavished on theworkmanship of local artists in a quest to own the grandest palace in the city.
The city of Venice is sited on 118 small islands, separated by canals and bridges within the lagoon. The houses are supported on closely spaced wooden pilings buried deep into the earth of the lagoon bed. Atop of these pilings sit the foundations of the houses and above the water line the houses themselves.
Venice has been popular with tourists since its inclusion in the Grand Tour in the 18th century and there are many historical sites to visit. Some of the popular ones are St Marks Basilica, the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco.
Milan, the capital of Lombardy, has a population of 1.3 million people. It is home to designers, artists, photographers and models. The ancient city centre has high and interesting buildings and palazzos. It has always been a place full of various famous artists and offers a particular assortment of churches, buildings and monuments.
A world renowned area of outstanding natural beauty, Provence has a diversity of landscape and local cultures that suit travelling by motor home perfectly.
A couple of hours spent behind the wheel can take you from the dramatic mountains and picturesque hill top villages, through acres of serene lavender fields to the azure coastal waters of the Mediterranean. The local cuisine benefits from produce grown over the long summer months and a walk through any of the villages on market day is an assault on the senses.
Landmarks like the Roman built Pont du Gard and the naturally formed Grand Canyon du Verdon are sure to impress. As is mans tenacity and desire to inhabit the often challenging mountainous landscape.
A perfect area to combine both beach and inland activities, outstanding cuisine and beautiful landscapes, Provence is definitely worth the drive..
At the heart of Europe, between the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean, come be amazed by the Côte d'Azur, or French Riviera.
Embark on a sea excursion to the Lérins Islands, or visit the pebble beach resorts of Mandelieu-la-Napoule in Menton. The Mercantour National Park, together with the 13 other natural parks in the Côte d'Azur department, make up a vast playground for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canyoning, climbing, and caving. This region also houses 15 ski resorts with over 700km of slopes.
Normandy offers the visitor the choice between the elegance of the seaside resorts on the Côte Fleurie of Deauville, Honfleur and Cabourg, and the wilder shores and fishing villages along the Cotentin peninsula.
The Mont-Saint-Michel, which dominates the surrounding landscape, remains a must-see for all visitors with Europe’s highest high tides. Not forgetting the Côte d’Albâtre with its dramatic white cliffs and secluded creeks and fishing ports: Etretat, Fécamp, Dieppe and Veules-les-Roses.
Take time to stroll around Giverny, once home to Claude Monet, father of the Impressionist Movement, and let’s not forget that Normandy is a true gourmet's treasure trove with Camembert, Calvados, cider, scallops, …