Stretching from the Apennine mountain range to the Tyrrhenian sea in the very centre of the Italian peninsula, Tuscany is the coveted region for its mare e montagne and delicious hill towns, all waiting to be discovered. The region presents the classic image of Italy with its cities unrivalled in Europe for their beauty, history, and culture, and its incredible landscape of spectacular countryside and rolling hills covered in vines, olives and cypresses.

Hotel Il Pellicano is nestled in its own private cove on Tuscany’s coveted Argentario coast. Since the Grand Tour, Tuscany has long been the favourite haunt of the curious traveller and with good reason.


  • Tuscany is the birthplace of the official Italian language (thanks Dante Alighieri!)
  • Pane Toscano (Tuscan bread) contains no salt, Florentine bakers began leaving it out in medieval times due to heavy taxes.
  • Florence syndrome (Stendhal syndrome) is a psychosomatic condition occurring when one becomes over-exposed to objects of great beauty
  • Florence’s Santa Maria Novella is the oldest continuously operating pharmacy in Europe
  • Bolgheri’s Viale dei Cipressi is five kilometer straight shot bordered by 2540 cypress trees


Off Beat and On Foot, Rudston Steward of Maremma Safari Club

Why do you call your walking tours safari? The word safari comes from Swahili and Arabic, and it simply means to travel. My love of walking as a form of travel and exploration originated in South Africa, where I partly grew up; I’d spend days on end in the bush on foot. I wanted to transplant the African dimension […]

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