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Tuscany towns Cortona, Viareggio sure to be highlights of Italy tours

Whether it's enjoying the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea or hiking the Cinque Terre, there's certainly no lack of variety when it comes to a tour of Italy. There are plenty of regions for you to explore, but you can't leave this popular tourist destination without spending time in Tuscany. Located along Italy's west coast, this iconic region is one of the most popular areas to visit, and for good reason. There is plenty for everyone, regardless if you prefer wine tasting, hitting the historical highlights or admiring some of the world's best art. 

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is rightfully the region's most well-known destination, but there are many other cities and towns to explore, and Cortona certainly fits the bill. Like many places in Italy, Cortona exudes a laid-back atmosphere that is steeped in history. This is especially evident through the many ideal examples of Renaissance architecture including a pair of churches - Santa Maria Nuova and Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio - both of which date back to the 1500s. Aside from its beautiful architecture, Cortona's breathtaking landscape will leave a lasting impression as well. 

There's no doubt that Tuscany is home to many of the most compelling pieces from the Renaissance period, but the region is also such a popular destination for its coastal charm, and nowhere is that more evident than in Viareggio. This seaside enclave, located in the northernmost reaches of Tuscany, is not only home to some of the best weather in the region, but it is also a cultural hub. For instance, the yearly tradition of the Carnival of Viareggio - which features colorful floats, masks and a citywide celebration - is among the most unique event in Europe. 

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