Besides Florence, Siena and San Gimignano, this beautiful region has many untrodden corners and family-run places to eat and stay. Readers pick their favourites
I was as surprised as anyone to discover a small-scale sustainable goat farm, with some of the finest cashmere I’ve ever seen, in the heart of Tuscany, close to Radda in Chianti. Owner Nora Kravis (originally from Long Island, in the States) is a character, having lived here for over 30 years and owning more than 200 goats (one named Cappuccino) and 15 dogs. You can arrange a visit – Nora loves guests – and check out her shop and its range of delightful cashmere accessories.