Tuscany Holidays in 2015

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Tuscany Holidays

Renowned for its beautiful landscapes, amazing historic cities and fine art, Tuscany (or Toscana) is an Italian region in central Italy bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, Umbria and Marche to the east, Lazio in the south east and Emilia Romagna in the north, with Liguaria in the north west.

There are ten provinces in Tuscany including Arezzo, Florence (Firenze), Lucca, Pisa and Siena, and there are currently six UNESCO protected sites in Tuscany including the historical centres of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Pienza. Pisa Cathedral is also UNESCO protected.

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and the perfect starting point for exploring this stunning region. Siena and Pisa must follow on your tour of Tuscany, combined with rambling and bike tours through the countryside.

Tuscany beach holidays

The closest beach resort to Florence in Tuscany is Viareggio, with its wide sandy beaches along the Tyrrhenian Coast. Viareggio Beach stretches for miles and is clean with a super choice of restaurants and shops.

The elegant Tuscan sea side town of Forte dei Marmi boasts wide well established beaches and an upmarket town centre where you can wander around the exclusive boutiques and enjoy fine dining. The film The English Patient was filmed along the coast of Forte dei Marmi.

Tuscany city breaks

If you are travelling into the Tuscan countryside, the best way to travel is by hiring a car. As Tuscany is mainly hilly, the roads can be narrow but the rewards from exploring the many fascinating villages and towns is worth the journey. Travelling between the cities like Pisa, Florence and Siena in Tuscany is easily done by train, and for trips out of Florence, there are many bus and coach services.

Experience the artistic treasures of Florence in Tuscany and visit the Cathedral (duomo), the Uffizi, Bargello and the Galleria dell’Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David; the art galleries in the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are a must, as is the Pitti Palace in Florence.

Famous for its leaning bell tower, Pisa is located on the right bank of the Arno River mouth in Tuscany . The Leaning Tower of Pisa can be found in Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles and is also where the magnificent Cathedral, Baptistry and Camposanto can be found.

Built on three hills and surrounded by ancient walls, Siena boasts fine examples of well preserved Gothic architecture. Traffic is limited in the centre of Siena so visitors can stroll through the magnificent streets and shell shaped Piazza del Campo at leisure enjoying the stunning sites and architecture.

The ancient town of Montecatini in Tuscany is famous for the fabulous thermal baths which were first built in the 1700s, and it is said that the baths can cure many diseases including liver and stomach complaints, rheumatism and hearing problems.

The ancient wall surrounding Tuscany’s old city of Lucca is now used as a pedestrian promenade. Old Lucca is a stunning array of winding streets and characterful buildings.

Whether your looking to experience the glorious beaches, explore the beautiful towns and cities, or relax in the picturesque countryside, Tuscany will offer every visitor a thousand memories to take home.

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Other recommended destinations:

Provence and French Riviera holidays offer the combination of lush rural retreats with chic beach breaks in quaint farm villages and sun-tinged coastal resorts.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Italian (English widely spoken in the main towns and cities)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT +2 hours
Local airport: Pisa
Flight time: 2 hours

Top Cities

Florence is one of Italy’s most beautiful and famous cities, home to some spectacular buildings and monuments.

Siena is an ancient Tuscan hill town with fantastic vies of the region.

Pisa is the historic town famous for its Leaning Tower.

Lucca is a charming walled town not far from Florence.

Arezzo is a beautiful Tuscan town known for its spectacular churches and museums.

Attractions

Tuscany is one of the most culturally rich regions of Italy and there are hundreds of monuments and buildings in all its large town and cities. Piazza del Duomo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city of Pisa and one of the world’s most famous areas home to the Duomo Palace, Pisa Cathedral and the Leaning Tower

Activities

Tuscany is a fantastic place to go shopping. The larger towns and cities have everything shoppers could want; you can pick up a bargain at a vintage shop or some designer shoes from some of Italy’s famous designer stores.

Sight-seeing is what attracts most visitors to the region and there are plenty of sights to keep people coming back year after year.

Nightlife

Tuscan cities have a lively and exciting nightlife with plenty of traditional pubs as well as modern cocktail bars. There is a vibrant club scene in the region with a range of nightclubs, playing everything from jazz to electronica. Tuscan restaurants are some of the finest in the world and a trip to the region would not be complete without sampling some of the famous Tuscan cuisine.