Tuscany, is the most beautiful places on Earth and trust me, you would not want to come back without experiencing the best and knowing that you did every single thing and enjoyed the most! A vacation in this country will let you see so many things – churches, medieval architecture, gardens, parishes, quaint country homes, olive gardens, ranches, vineyards, beaches and even mountains! Luxury Holidays in Tuscany are once in a lifetime experience. For all the art lovers, the museums have the original pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and several other great artists.
THINGS TO DO IN TUSCANY WITHOUT FAIL
- Truffle tasting in San Miniato – although throughout Italy, you will get the opportunity to have samples of many perfumed and spiced up fragrances. This town in particular, is an agricultural spot for the white variety of fungus and the only one its kind throughout Italy. The town is located between Florence and Pisa.
- Spend a day at Cortona – this ancient town on the top of a hill is a main attraction. The steep streets of this town give a lovely view of the Lago Trasimeno and the plains of Valdichiana. After Venice, this place is the most visited by the tourists from across the globe. The movie, Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed mainly in this town. The steep streets have their own charm that pull people each year.
- Monti dell’Uccellina – one of Italy’s last protected and the most pristine coastlines, has been preserved as regional park. The place had been feared and was made to the exile spot for many years in the past. It lies in the Maremma region, which is covered with coastal plain, marshes, forests and the wild. The government has now been making efforts to preserve the national treasure.
- A pilgrimage to La Verna – one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy is the St. Francis’s retreat on a mountaintop. The Franciscan monastery still thrives and gives all its visitors a splendid view of the Apennines. A lot of people come here to pay homage, some also come and stay here with the monks in the guest houses and while others just come here to enjoy the view.
- Visit the Uffizi – in Florence, this museum has the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, art pieces and some architectural treasures. Recently, the museum has doubled in size, giving the visitors a lot more to gush over. In such a place, you need at least one day to actually experience the art and it’s magic. You can also do some shopping in Florence.
- Wander in San Gimignano – delle Belle Torri is famous for the 14 towers that make its skyline so beautiful. The preserved streets take you to the era of renaissance, as you walk on the narrow cobbled pathways. I would suggest you spend some time here walking and taking in the beauty.
- Visit Pisa – although you have seen the leaning tower and the Campo dei Miracolli several times on the internet or on postcards, you must go here. Learn about the Roman history at the Romanesque cathedral and find out how the concept of Baptistery evolved.
- Cycle in Lucca – rent a bike for one day and just take off. Travel the streets of Lucca. Visit the monuments and find out about the history of the fortifications. Take a ride and pick out fruits from the lime, ilex and chestnut trees that line the fortified walls.
- Wine tasting in Chianti – spend a day relaxing at one of the best vineyards in the world. Chianti comes between Florence and Siena. You can spend a whole day here, visit the farm, crush the grapes and then settled down for a good meal with some great variety of wine.
- See the work of Niki de Saint Phalle – located about 5kms from the Capalbio, you will find the oldest and one of the oddest places for an art museum. It is a whimsical garden by the artist Niki de Saint Phalle called Giardino dei Tarocchi. It took the artist over 17 years to build the place into what it is today. This is like an open-air art museum. Be it kids or adults, everyone loves to come to this place and have some fun.
- Live the island life at Giglio – located in the Tuscan Archipelago, the island of Giglio is still untouched by the tourists. It does not see a lot of people coming in and has not been commercialized for the same reason. It is very close to Elba and houses some great citadels and stone villages. You can enjoy mountain hiking, watersports and the beautiful beaches here.
- Go rural – for at least one day, leave your fancy hotels and hit the countryside. There are several smaller motels or resorts that allow you to enjoy the feeling of the true Tuscany. You can ride a horse, visit the farms and interact with the locals. People are very warm and friendly and might even offer you a meal
These are a few things that should be on your travel list for Tuscany. Let us know if you need any further assistance, we would be happy to help!