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Top Sightseeing places in Tuscany

Tuscany is renowned throughout the world as the most idyllic region of Italy and the perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The beautiful countryside is dotted with picturesque ancient villages and towns, as well as rolling hills covered in vines and olive trees. Almost everywhere you go you will find an ancient monastery or castle, many of which have been converted into luxurious accommodation for visitors. It is also home to cities such as Florence, which is famed for its important role in the development of Renaissance art and architecture.

Perhaps the only downside to Tuscany is that it is a bit too popular in the summer months. Although there are many oases of peace and quiet, the main towns and cities can become rather overcrowded with tourists.

If you want to escape from the madding crowds, however, there is an ideal location situated just a few miles off the Tuscan coast. The island of Elba gained a place in history when Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned there for a time and this is what most people associate the island with, even today. But there are actually few places in the world less like a prison than this beautiful and beguiling island.

Elba has some spectacular natural scenery but its long, sandy, golden beaches are the biggest attraction for holiday makers. One of the best places on the island to stay is the Ville Degli Ulivi Holiday Park, a relatively inexpensive option for those looking for a wonderful seaside resort. You can choose to stay in luxurious bedrooms in superior two-bedroom mobile homes or enjoy the full camping experience in tents under the Tuscan stars. Both come complete with linen hire and excellent washing and showering facilities.

You can relax on the beach and then swim in the beautifully clear waters found on the island`s coast. For those who enjoy water sports, there are boats, fins, snorkels and all of the other equipment you might need for hire. The park even has its own diving school.

There is also a pool complex surrounded by a wonderful variety of exquisite flowers and trees, including the ubiquitous Tuscan groves of olive trees. There is dappled shade nearby for those who want to relax out of the sun but still enjoy the pool.

The wonderful gastronomic culture of Tuscany is a highlight of the island. Try the delicious local pecorino cheese, virgin olive oil and freshly baked flatbreads, all washed down with a local Chianti.

Drives through the mountains or a visit to the harbour village of Marina di Campo are also highly recommended. You could also take some time to visit the evening markets of Portoazzuro and Capoliveri.

For more information on this charming island and resort, you can read some of the Ville Degli Ulivi Holiday Park reviews that can easily be found online.