Ten weekends in Europe's great outdoors
Touring Tuscany on a Vespa
The faithful Vespa would without doubt win a contest for the most quintessentially Italian motor vehicle. Tuscany Scooter Rental hires out these zippy numbers for self-guided tours through the hills of Chianti (£230 per person for a two-night package including hotels). Back roads lead past rows of grapevines to hilltop towns and villages such as Radda in Chianti and Monteriggioni. The scooters can fit two riders (some previous riding experience is highly advisable) and, in a twist to Henry Ford’s dictum, you can have any colour you like, as long as it’s red.
Tour prices include hotels. For longer stays, Podere San Lorenzo is an agriturismo (farmstay) in bucolic surroundings near Volterra (from £80).