Tuscany is region in central Italy with Florence (Firenze) its capital and beating heart of this famous region. Florence is home to some of the world’s most recognizable art and architecture, and it is the cradle of the Renaissance. With so many visitors coming to see the famous art and picturesque villages, finding luxury accommodations in Tuscany is easier than some of the lesser visited regions. It’s a tourism powerhouse so you will be amazed at the extent of quality luxury accommodation that can be found here. Of course it’s always been a popular holiday destination, though it was put on the map for a new generation after the book and subsequent film, Under the Tuscan Sun.
Tuscany is one of the most densely populated regions in Italy, yet beyond the cities you can find many charming towns and villages in the famous hills. It is evident that Tuscany is a region where the smallest towns are as historically rewarding as well as charming as its larger ones.
There are many things to see and do in Tuscany, so here is a small sample:
No visit to Tuscany is complete without a visit to Florence. Galleria Degli Uffizi is the home of the world’s greatest compilation of Italian Renaissance art built between 1560 and 1580. There are so many masterworks collected here that you can only glide over the surface in a visit.
Taste truffles in San Miniato
Tuscany ideally offers an abundance of opportunities for sampling this perfume as well as pricey fungus. The San Miniato is predominantly renowned throughout Italy for the white variety since it is a lively little farming town more or less central between Pisa along with Florence.
Take a day trip to Cortona
Cortona an ancient hill-town is the main attraction on the agricultural plain of the Valdichiana. Cortona has steep streets giving an interesting view over Lago Trasimeno along with the Valdichiana. Cortona is one of the most popular Italian destinations for US tourists after Venice due to it being featured in Under the Tuscan Sun.
Sample the wine of Chianti
Chianti seems like a place where every phase of life is in ideal balance. Some of Italy’s finest vintages come from these legendary vineyards between Siena and Florence. Tourists can enjoy the world’s finest wines while enjoying the picturesque countryside.
Hillsides and Waysides
Part of the beauty along with mystique of Tuscany is its rural areas. There are working farms as well as vacation villas suitable for the most adventurous tourists. The rolling hills that slant down to the coast are dotted with vineyards along with villas. Tuscany car rentals allow visitors to explore each tiny village at their own pace and on their own schedule.
The Heart of Commerce
Tuscany is a home to thriving businesses in the fashion, manufacturing industries, leather, and furniture. These businesses keep the region in the 21st century while the people and culture keep one foot in the past.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
This place is so touristy and yet so fun. It would be kind of weird to spend time in Tuscany and not see this famous tower for yourself. Each day, hordes of visitors come to take pictures. Even just watching other tourists take pictures is pretty entertaining.
Getting there, and getting around Tuscany
Tuscany is served by Florence and Pisa airport with flights across Europe. If you are already in Europe then there are many low cost airlines serving these airport. For intercontinental visitors you will need to fly into Rome or Milan first and get a connecting flight or train.
Italy has an excellent train service with fast intercity trains serving the big cities and many regional trains that stop at every town in between. If you don’t want to drive you will have many places that you can reach by train.
To truly experience all Tuscany has to offer then consider renting a car. You will be able to explore the smallest of villages that aren’t reached by train, and may give you a respite from crowded places as well. By renting a car you also open up the options of where you can stay. Some of the best villas for rent are in the hills away from a town centre, so a car will give you the option of staying there. This will also save you time in moving from place to place. Some villages are great to visit for an hour or so and then move on. With a car and villa home base you can explore at your leisure and return to your own space without having to unpack every day.
Tuscany is for you if romance, tradition as well as culture are your idea of an ideal vacation. On the other hand, if the face pace of a thriving city and shopping are your fashion then you will also discover it in the Tuscany area of Italy.