If your idea of an ideal destination for a romantic break includes stunning countryside for meandering strolls and some cosy restaurants for fine dining, then look no further than Chianti. Booking a romantic holiday in Tuscany is one of the best ways of getting away from the rat race and spending a few days in the company of your other half. There are few more relaxing places to visit in Europe and the Chianti area has the perfect combination of lots of things to do and plenty of secluded spots where you can enjoy each other's company. One of the things that will strike you about the region is how colourful it is. The rolling hills that dominate the landscape provide ideal conditions for plants to grow, meaning the area is packed with vineyards and olive groves. There is also some beautiful woodland, complete with yellow shrubs and the deep green of the cypress trees. All this vegetation gives the area a uniquely rich combination of colours that means there are spectacular views wherever you look. The gentle slopes of many of the hills and the banks of the five rivers that wind their way through the region are perfect for romantic walks. When you set off from your holiday cottage in Italy on foot you are also likely to find there is much more to discover in Chianti than just countryside. You are almost certain to see a castle or two while you are out and about, as the area's wealthiest families have been building imposing structures in the hills for hundreds of years. Some are now just ruins, but others remain intact enough to be used as lavish homes. There are also a number of fascinating medieval villages in the area, characterised by old-fashioned stone houses, beautiful churches and the original marketplaces. The villages are great places to find restaurants serving the traditional Tuscan cuisine. You can easily eat out every night in Chianti without becoming bored of the peasant dishes, which benefit from the use of locally-produced vegetables, beef, game and olive oil. And, of course, you will want to enjoy a bottle or two of Chianti's world-famous wine with your meals.