If you think California's Napa Valley is the place to go for vineyards and atmosphere to the maximum, you will be thrilled with all you see. The drive up to the town is nothing short of spectacular as each bend of the road brings new delights. Just stunning.
Driving in Tuscany is unlike anywhere else I have been, cars collide with motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and pedestrians- where the rules of the road are there are no rules! Normally I would advise against driving here, but the views on the way to San Gimignano are worth the risk!
(Photos copyright Mark Taft.)