Located in central Italy, Tuscany stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrehnian Sea.
Tuscany is one of the main tourist destinations in Italy, due to its artistic heritage and amazing art cities, first among them Florence.
In this region, nature has an incredible variety starting from the shores that includes long and sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, both wonderful seaside resorts.
Otherwise it’s possible to rest in one of the unbelievable islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, all surrounded by a crystal clear sea and covered with Mediterranean Scrub.
If you are looking for fine art, if you prefer to explore the extraordinary countryside or to taste excellent food and famous wine, in any case Tuscany is the best place to be.
Certainly most should start with Florence, one of Italy’s art capitals, then continue on to the beautiful Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.
The more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears.
What to do:
Tuscany offers a wide selection of vacation, in order to satisfy all tourists desires: active or cultural holidays, gastronomic tours or relaxing stays that will combine nature, art and history.
First of all you must visit the splendour of Florence, starting from the heart of the city center. You will discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize the religious center of Florence: the Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise) and the elegant Giotto bell tower, the loveliest in all of Italy.
Don’t forget to admire the 17-ft-tall David by Michelangelo and visit the oldest art gallery in the world, The Uffizi, with the exclusive access at the Vasari Corridor, where you can see Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s The Annunciation and Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni, to name but a few.
Discover secrets and revelations about the exciting sites described in Dan Brown’s thrilling novel, Inferno, joining an Inferno Tour of Florence.
There are several way to explore Florence, a guided bike tour or a Segway tour takes you where the bus tours can’t go, in pedestrian areas and little tiny streets, or an authentic Vespa ride tour.
There’s also much more to do and visit: Pisa, with its Piazza dei Miracoli and the world famous Leaning Tower, Siena, especially its fantastic Piazza del Campo, and the medieval town of San Gimignano.
What to taste:
Tuscan food is rather rustic and made with basic ingredients like bread, spelt, legumes and vegetables, but despite this, it is very tasty. There are several things to try, so it’s possible to join a food tasting tour in Florence to discover every wonderful flavour of the city, first of all the original Bistecca alla Fiorentina (grilled t-bone steak), or a particular Lampredotto tour, a typical kind of tripe that has become a real myth for many tourists. Here you can also join a cooking lesson of some of the best italian pastry specialties, like Cantucci di Prato, the typical Tuscan buiscuit with almond.
Tuscany is also well known for wines, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino are excellent for both variety and quality, indeed they are world famous especially for wine lovers. There are several guided tour to discover these wine areas by the guide of an expert sommelier.