Tuscany is timeless, and that’s what wins you over. This Italian beauty welcomes you with all its assets: architectural wonders, frescoes, delicately designed sculptures, and rolling hills. The lingering aroma of vineyards, artistic glories of Italian Renaissance, and Mediterranean cuisine work like a magic on every traveler.
Places to Visit in Tuscany
Florence – The capital city bustles with life. Some of the rare artistic treasures of the world rest in the churches, palaces, and museums of this city. Do not forget to pay a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, the Academia, the Cathedral, the Bargello, Pitti Palace, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella.
Pisa – Have you ever heard of the Leaning Tower? Yes, it is here in Pisa. One of the most iconic monuments in the world and a much sought after tourist destination in Europe. The Square of Miracles (locally known as Piazza dei Miracoli ), the Cathedral and Baptistry, along with the Leaning Tower make Pisa a must-visit destination.
Siena – Fondly referred to as the ‘Loveliest Medieval City of Italy’, Siena surely calls for a tour. Apart from Il Campo, which is located at the heart of Siena, do include Dumo of Siena, Torre Del Mangia, and Palazzo Pubblico in your itinerary.
Chianti – Travelers sing praises of Chianti for its scenic landscapes and wine lovers consider it there mecca. The town is most famous for its wine production. Its vast vineyards, gentle hills, olive groves, and stone houses in the countryside are a treat for your eyes.
Island of Elba – It’s the third largest island in Italy and a part of one of the largest marine parks in Europe. Known for its beautiful beaches and blue waters, the Elba Island is home to a number of archeological sites such as the Volterraio Castle and beautiful Napoleonic residences .
Things to Do in Tuscany
For outdoor sports and activities, the Island of Elba is the place to be. Besides snorkeling and diving, you can also look forward to mountain biking, hiking, and be playing golf as well. Do experience San Giovanni’s thermal baths for ultimate relaxation. Mountain hiking on Monte Forato is also a favorite distraction for many.
Cyclists have a fun time in Tuscany as they pedal across the scenic landscapes and enjoy the beauty of nature spread out. The region is also one of the preferred shopping destinations in Italy. Luxury brands around the world have their outlets in Tuscany. You can also learn how to make Italian wine or cook pasta at various restaurants across the region offer cookery classes.
The Portrait Firenze, Albergo Pietrasanta, Villa I Barronci, and Hotel Balestri are best suited for high-end travelers. For mid-range accommodations, check in at the Palazzo Guadagni Hotel, Piccolo Hotel Puccini, Al Teatro, and Leon Bianco. Budget travelers can check in at Hotel Alma Domus, La Bandita Townhouse, Hotel Scoti, and Hotel Dali
The region can bring to your table the best of Italy. There’s nothing like trying Italian food in Tuscany. The top-notch Italian restaurants include Il Teatro del Sale, Villa Bongi, Osteria dell’Acquolina, Culinaria Bistrot, Buca di Baldabò, Toscana Twist, and Ristorante Da Muzzicone. You can try the best seafood in Tuscany at La Barchina or sample French delicacies at La Bottega del Buon Caffè.
Where is Tuscany?
Tuscany is a region in Central Italy. Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany.
Best Time to Visit Tuscany
It is advisable to visit most places in Tuscany either between April and May or October and November.
How to Reach?
By Air – The region is home to two major international airports: Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence and the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa. Both the airports are well connected with all parts of the state.
By Train – All the other major cities in Tuscany such as Pisa, Siena, Viareggio, Lucca, Borgo San Lorenzo, Arezzo, and Grosseto are connected to the capital city of Florence by an extensive rail network.
By Road – Major cities of Tuscany are served by Pullman buses. Although they cater mainly to office goers and school children, you can count on them to get around the region easily. Driving a rented car is also an option.
Facts about Tuscany
- Tuscany covers an area of around 22,994 sq. km.
- Tuscany houses more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than Australia, Argentina or South Africa.
- Celebrities such as George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio, and Brad Pitt have properties in this region.
- Tuscany is often referred to as a ‘Nation within a Nation’.
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SB20150918Published On: Friday, September 18th, 2015