Toscana is an excellent beginning when traveling central Italia. No city radiates artistic depth quiet as well as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence. Fortunately, Florence is within daytrip proximity to Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano, Volterra, and Lucca...good hunting!

Emilia-Romagna offers the regional capital of Bologna, and the nearby culinary excellence of Parma (prosciutto di Parma) and Reggio (Parmigiano-Reggiano). For automotive aficionados, Modena, the historical birthplace of Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is without peer. Umbria provides classics like Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Orvieto, while Marche and Abruzzi take you to some of Italia's best preserved, Medieval-Renaissance hill-towns. Did I mention Lazio and the Eternal City, Roma?