Drive through beautiful countryside to Lucca, a Renaissance walled city off the usual tourist track. With its cobble-stoned streets and tree-lined promenades, it is a low-key, walkable, photographer’s delight. For panoramic views, climb the Guinigi Tower, notable for its rooftop Holm oaks. Proceed to the medieval village of Montecarlo di Lucca for a look through its quirky warren of narrow alleyways. Stop for lunch at a typical Tuscan trattoria. Later step back in time in the ‘who-knew!’ village of San Miniato, perched on three hilltops between Florence and Pisa. Blessed with striking architecture, its famous products include vegetable-tanned leather and white truffles from nearby woods.