Quick Guide to Tuscany
The cultural significance of Tuscany's artistic heritage is an undeniable attraction to many tourists. Its wine, food and diverse beauty will keep things interesting as you explore Pisa, Siena and the capital city, Florence, where you'll be mesmerised by sights like the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio.
Flights to the area are frequent, arriving in both Florence and Pisa and a car rental can be a worthy addition to help you explore places like Chianti, Montepulciano and Perugia.
Fab holidays for:
Renaissance art, historical monuments, great food & wine!
Florence Airport, Peretola or Pisa International Airport
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Tuscany is the birthplace of the Italian language!
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Top 5 Destinations To Visit In Tuscany
Many visitors choose to base their holiday within Florence and with good reason - it's the heart of the region and the epicentre of art and culture. But the area is surrounded by fantastic towns that are a must-see so be sure to check them out!
- Located just about an hour's drive south of Florence, Siena is a beautiful medieval town known well for its central square, Piazza del Campo, as well as its museums and monuments. You can choose to make this a day trip but we recommend at least a night to fully enjoy all that Siena has to offer.
- Chianti Classico
- Any trip to Tuscany requires at least a sampling of the regions most well-known wine, Chianti, which comes from the local Sangiovese grape. Head over to Chianti Classico to experience some of the best wines Tuscany has to offer.
- Montecatini Terme
- As Italy's largest and most well-known spa town, Montecatini Terme is the perfect destination to experience real relaxation. Its thermal spas are rumoured to have healing properties and its hotels are beautiful.
- Enclosed by a large city wall, Lucca is a lovely medieval town with beautiful sights, including the Duomo of San Martino, the Aqueduct and the Manzi Palace among plenty of others.
- Cinque Terre
- OK, technically Cinque Terre is not in Tuscany, it's in Liguria, but it sits on the border and it's one of Italy's most beautiful places so we've made an exception. Head here to experience the hike of your life, incredible sights of the Mediterranean and five stunning villages that can only be accessed by foot or rail.
How To Get To Tuscany
Tuscany holidays can encompass a number of different locations, but you will need to get cheap flights to Pisa or Florence where international airports accept inbound services from many different destinations. If you are planning a tour of the region then car hire from Pisa Airport will allow you to get off the beaten track and discover the true delights of holidays to Tuscany.
What To Do In Tuscany
For fans of Renaissance art it will be essential to check out Florence, where works from artistic masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are on show. Meanwhile the Leaning Tower of Pisa is another must-see Tuscan sight and if you visit at an opportune moment you will be able to check out the exhilarating danger of the Siena horse race first hand. Whilst the magical sights in the many cities are significant in planning your trip, make sure you also take in the surrounding countryside where wine is produced in abundance.
Where To Stay In Tuscany
There are several major cities and towns to explore on holidays to Tuscany and it is worth attempting to take in as many as you can. Hotels in places such as Pisa, Florence and Viareggio all offer different levels of luxury and value and whilst you can spend a fortune it is possible to find cheap holidays in Tuscany if you use your discretion and work to a budget.
Foodie's Guide to Tuscany
It's no secret that Italy is famed for its food, and while Naples is known for turning out a killer pizza and Rome is famed for its carbonara, Tuscany has its very own food culture. It's based upon the idea of cucina povera - 'poor cooking' - simple, inexpensive cooking done well with top-notch ingredients. Bread is a staple here - even if it's stale bread, the locals have found a use for it. Be sure to try out local specialties like fettunta (Tuscany's version of bruschetta), panzanella (bread salad) and pappa al pomodoro (tomato bread soup). It's not all about the bread, though - chicken liver pate, potato tortelli served with ragu, and Florentine specialty lampredotto - the fourth stomach of a cow, with broth-soaked panini and salsa verde.
But where to find these Tuscan delights? Mercato Centrale in Florence dishes up some of the region's best ingredients, and excellent variations of its most famous dishes. In Florence you'll also find people queuing at food stalls for lampredotto. Head an hour north to the Renaissance town of Lucca, or visit Siena, both of which offer simple, traditional cooking, done well.If wine is more your cup of... wine, there's plenty of wine regions to explore. Bolgheri, just near the Tuscan coast, is known for its full-bodied red wines, as well as its fruity vermentinos. Chianti is one of Italy's most well-known drops, and you can douse your palate with bottles of the stuff in the region of the same name. Feel like splashing some cash around? Head to Montalcino, where you'll find the only wine made completely of sangiovese. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? You bet.