The Tuscan hilltop village of Montaione, in the province of Florence, is really quite lovely, and a perfect base to explore the region. Preserving its ancient structure, it is a pleasure to walk around the medieval centre and marvel at the fortified walls, museums and churches, including the Pretorian Palace, then take a seat at one of the local restaurants for a refreshing glass of wine. As part of the Chianti region, Montaione produces its own delicious wine, alongside a native, fresh olive oil, which is perfect drizzled on hunks of crisp ciabatta. In October, be sure to visit the Food Festival, dedicated to white truffles and chestnuts. With Chianti vineyards, olive trees, iconic cypresses and woods surrounding Montaione, it’s an enchanting place to explore. By bike, on foot, or even on horseback, discover hidden villages and prestigious vineyards, or pop in the car and visit Tuscan gems; Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.