Hiring a car in Tuscany
Delicious local cuisine, beautiful historic cities and sprawling vineyards make Tuscany a fabulous part of Italy to explore. Although public transport connects main cities, a car is the best way to get out into the countryside. The main autostrada roads between cities charge a toll but there are usually more scenic alternatives if you want to take the winding country roads. These can take you through sensational sunflower fields or along the stunning coastline. Try to avoid the autostrada between Florence and Siena during commuter rush hours to avoid sitting in traffic. Keep an eye open for other drivers as the local driving style can be rather lively, especially within the city centres. Some of the old town centres are car-free zones so remember to park outside these areas before strolling into town.
Places to visit around Tuscany
The fabulous city of Florence is like an art gallery in itself, with sculptures and wall paintings around every corner. Of course if you do want to visit an art gallery or museum, there are plenty to choose from including the Uffizi Gallery or Pitti Palace. Head to the surrounding hills for views of Florence's iconic skyline and the River Arno in all its glory. Then go westward to Pisa, to see the leaning tower and tuck into a freshly made pizza at one of the local restaurants.
Siena is a gorgeous medieval city cloaked in history and tradition. Follow the narrow winding streets to its unique sloped central square, Piazza del Campo, and climb the clock tower for breath-taking views. If the beach is beckoning you, you can take a trip to the island of Elba just off the Tuscan coast. You'll find beach resorts like Marina di Campo among white sandy coves and brilliantly blue waters.