Tuscany’s flower roads

In Tuscany, art and heritage are one of the world's most unique, with colourful and softly rolling panoramas that leave visitors pleasantly surprised. Nature and flower lovers have many itineraries to choose from here in region by taking one of Tuscany's 'flower' roads. These are enchanting places that offer an incredibly rich variety of flowers.

From the mountains of the Apennines to the beaches of the islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, Tuscany boasts numerous areas of 'floral' excellence in its many botanical gardens, museums, and monumental trees. Take a stroll along the medieval walls of Lucca and visit the Guinigi Tower with its sky-high garden. This medieval city also has a delicate vault that is full of colour. Another walled city, Siena, known for its Palio and its charming medieval architecture, is also an important backdrop for rare floral species that are found in the city's noteworthy botanical gardens.

Noble residences, Medicean villas and elegant gardens are scattered throughout the Mugello countryside, among them are the imposing Villa Demidoff in Pratolino and the villas in the Valle del Bisenzio, the most noteworthy being the Medicean Villa Poggio a Caiano.

For those who prefer higher altitudes, the Pistoia Apennines are scattered with important mountainside botanical gardens and enchanting monumental trees. Other remarkable 'floral' visits can be enjoyed in Elba island and Capraia Island: if you love trekking, along the numerous routes, you'll find rare and precious flowers. Last but not least, an must stop is the Maremma Park, where, from the hillside to the seaside, visitors can find on foot or by bike different ecosystems and a variety of rare and remarkable flora.

Source: Intoscana
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