So, you're both looking to go on a couple's holiday, but Paris and Venice seem a bit cliché? Tuscany has a myriad of things to do, here are some of our highlights...
Stroll along the high walls of Lucca
Once home to the famous composer
Puccini, this historic town has a wealth of culture to discover. Situated at the foot of the Apuan Alps, there are 12th century cathedrals and the remains of a Roman Amphitheatrein Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. The city is flanked by impressive walls which date back to the Renaissance. Bikes are available to hire and it's free to walk around so perfect for a romantic stroll.
Admire the historic sites of Pisa
The airport is conveniently located not far from this iconic city so there really is no excuse to not make a stop here. The famous
leaning toweris one of the wonders of the world and people from all corners of the globe come here to marvel at its unusual stance. Equally, the leaning tower is a perfect photo opportunity, it's the digital age after all and did you really go on a couples holiday without the intention of creating a few perfect Instagram shots?
Walk the Cinque Terre
Now leave the tech world behind for a bit and go walking along
Cinque Terre. The rugged coastline is dotted with centuries old seaside towns and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the winding trails, with the mountain on one side and stunning views of the glittering Mediterranean on the other, it's so much more than your average walking holiday.
Or hike in the Apuan Alps
For the more adventurous couples, if you are looking to go somewhere a little more off the beaten track, head the
Alpuan Alps. There are a multitude of hiking trails in the Apennine Mountains, but this particular mountain range is a hidden gem. You likely will only see one or two other groups of people over the course of the three hour walk in the wilderness. All the effort will be worth it to gleam the breat-taking views from the range's highest peak - the 1,946 metres high Monte Pisanino.
And bathe in the hot springs of Equi Terme when you're done
Hidden in the
Lunigiana provinceamong the mountains is a thermal park which boasts small rock pools for paddlingand a larger pool for swimming. Bathe in the healing waters, sourced from rainwater trickling down from the Apuan Mountains which was absorbed into the ground before returning to the surface through the Equi springs. The water is enriched with precious minerals and is known to possesing health benefits such as improving circulation, being beneficial to the nervous systemand cleansing the skin. The ancient caves are also open to the public and a trained guide will lead you deep underground among the bats and stalactites.