dealchecker's guide to Tuscany

  • Swap pricey hotels in major cities for charming villas and B&Bs in the Tuscan countryside
  • Always book Tuscany hotels in advance, especially for stays over spring and autumn

With its rolling hillsides, sun-drenched climate and honey-hued villas, Tuscany is an Italian dream come true. While Florence and Pisa tend to steal the spotlight, don't miss other Tuscan gems like Siena, Luca and San Gimignano. For foodies Tuscany is one of Europe's most enticing destinations. The region prides itself on fresh, seasonal produce so expect to be blown away by local flavours. Think hand-cut artisan pasta, chargrilled T-bone steak and creamy chicken liver pate. All washed down with a bottle of luscious Brunello di Montalcino or aromatic Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

 

Where to Stay in Tuscany

Florence serves as the beating heart of Tuscany, home to iconic attractions like the magnificent Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Uffizi Gallery and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. The city is brimming with accommodation for every budget, from boutique guesthouses in the historic district to cheap hotels near Santa Maria Novella station.

With its medieval buildings and fan-shaped central square, Siena is an enchanting slice of Tuscany. If you want to escape the heat why not enjoy a spell in San Gimignano, a hillside town famous for its lofty medieval towers and 15th century frescoes?

Of course, for a quintessential Tuscan experience you can always rent a car and escape to the countryside. Surrounded by silvery olive groves and lush vineyards, rural hotels and villas showcase what Tuscany is all about.

 

How to get a Great Deal on Tuscany Hotels

From luxurious villas in the Tuscan countryside to boutique hotels in the heart of Florence, it's always best to compare rates online. Savvy travellers rely on dealchecker to unlock the best rates on accommodation across Italy.

Tuscan summers can be very hot, which means high season falls from April to June and September to October. It's always best to book in advance, especially if you've got your heart set on a certain hotel. If you don't mind the heat midsummer is a great time to snap up discount rates on both hotels and cheap flights to Florence.

While places like Florence, Pisa and Siena are iconic, you will pay a premium for hotels. Tuscany is peppered with gorgeous towns and villages that offer much better value for money, so why not rent a car and start exploring? Some of the most enchanting picks include the walled town of Cortona and the medieval village of Montepulciano.

 

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