The Spanish Steps are a favourite photo opportunity for visitors to Rome. Image by Peter Phipp

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The Spanish Steps are a favourite photo opportunity for visitors to Rome. The Spanish Steps are a favourite photo opportunity for visitors to Rome. Image by Peter Phipp /by Peter Phipp / Photolibrary / Getty Images The Spanish Steps are a favourite photo opportunity for visitors to Rome. Image by Peter Phipp / Photolibrary / Getty Images

Florence and Tuscany: art and wine
Two days in Florence sees you cherry-picking the incomparable art in the Uffizi gallery, delighting in the frescoes in the Duomo and pondering the anatomy of Michelangelo’s David. It also allows for shopping on the ultra-chic Via de’ Tornabuoni and an aperitivo (pre-dinner drink) or two in locals’ favourite Piazza della Signoria.

Check into one of the idyllic rural farmhouses in Chianti and spend time exploring a land where vine trellises snake along rolling hills with Romanesque churches sheltering in their folds. Wineries lie everywhere. At extraordinary Antinori, for example, the high quality of the wine is matched by high-tech architectural innovation. A day trip to gorgeously Gothic Siena sees you marvelling at the Italian ability to turn buildings into art.

The countryside in Tuscany is one of Italy’s iconic landscapes. Image by Janoka82 / iStock / Getty Images The countryside in Tuscany, with its rolling hills and vineyards, is one of Italy’s most iconic landscapes. Image by Janoka82 / iStock / Getty Images

Bewitching Venice
To enjoy unique, utterly exquisite Venice, allow a few days. Glide down the Grand Canal, by gondola or vaporetto (water bus), tour the grand Palazzo Ducale, gape at the treasure-filled Basilica di San Marco and run out of camera space snapping the extraordinary array of Venetian architecture. There’ll also be time to join the locals shopping at Rialto Market, tuck into cicheti (Venetian tapas) and get a little lost amid the 400 bridges and 150 canals.

The interior of St Mark’s Basilica is just one example of Venice’s awe-inspiring architecture. Image by Carlo Morucchio / Robert Harding World Imagery / Getty Images The interior of St Mark’s Basilica is just one example of Venice’s awe-inspiring architecture. Image by Carlo Morucchio / Robert Harding World Imagery / Getty Images

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