Tuscany Holidays in 2016

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Tempting Tuscany

There is perhaps no better word to describe holidays to Tuscany other than exquisite; the food, views, art and wine are all world class and will never disappoint. It could only be in Italy where such a vast array of specialities from art to wine-producing could come together in what is one of the most elegant countries in the world, but Tuscany does this effortlessly.

From the magical Siena Cathedral to meeting Michelangelo’s David in person, you will find that the region of Tuscany presents some of the most intriguing examples of architecture and art there is. World-famous sculptures, paintings and buildings are commonplace throughout the towns and cities, although there’s plenty aside from the intriguing monuments, too.

Splendid scenery

There are a great number of ways to take in the scenic views inherent on Tuscany holidays, and from guided tours to hot air balloons, you really will have a diverse selection from which to pick what suits you best. Tuscany Ballooning provides an unforgettable experience as well as one of the best ways to really take everything in. For something a little more down to Earth however, Tuscany Scooter Rental offers a fun way to get around, although Very Tuscany in Arezzo will ensure you see a mixture of attractions all within one day.

Go truffle hunting in San Miniato or sunbathe on the beaches of the Tuscan Coast, scuba dive from Porto Azzuro or ride horses through stunning scenes in Lucca; there’s a huge amount to tempt you when looking to enjoy holidays in Tuscany. Whether you’d prefer to stay active with the range of outdoor activities on offer or would rather relax amid a huge array of museums and cathedrals, Italy will suit you well with an all-round holiday experience.

If you are hoping to visit a museum or two then Florence may be your best bet. Academia Gallery is where you’ll find Michelangelo’s David and a host of other sculptures and artistic pieces, although ensure you check out tickets or book in advance to be sure of a place among them. The Bargello Museum is another intriguing stop off many should make – the structure based in Palazzo del Bargello and not nearly as busy as some of the more popular museums you’ll find on Tuscany holidays.

Tuscany City Holidays

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.

Tuscany Couples Holidays

Couples Attractions

One of the most famous and popular attractions of the Tuscany region are the natural thermal baths that have been visited since the Roman times. The baths are open to the public and are a great place to relax and unwind. Tuscany is also well-known for its wine and the Tuscan countryside is covered in vineyards and wineries, many of which run tours of their facilities and wine tasting events.

Couples Activities

The Tuscan countryside is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe and the best way to experience it is on foot along one of the many walking trails that run throughout the countryside.

If you are looking for a romantic way to explore the Tuscan scenery then horse riding is highly advised, there are plenty of stables in the region that provide a traditional style tour of the countryside.

Nightlife

If you want to spend a romantic evening in a traditional setting then why not go watch some opera at St. Mark's Anglican Church in the historic city of Florence. The region has plenty of beautiful beaches that are line with some romantic bars looking out over the Aegean Sea. Tuscany has no shortage of romantic restaurants all over the region that are a great place to share a bottle of Tuscan wine and enjoy a balmy summer evening.

Couples Hotels

Tuscany with its rolling fields, vineyards and beautiful coastline is a truly romantic holiday destination and there are plenty of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. If you want to splash out there are plenty of five star hotels and resorts, or if you fancy something more traditional there are plenty of tradition family-run establishments.

Tuscany Exploring Holidays

Attractions

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the world’s most famous monuments, situated in the historic city of Pisa the tower has once again been reopened to the public. San Gimignano is a medieval walled town that is well known for its large collection of well-preserved medieval architecture.

Activities

Hiking, trekking and mountain biking are two of the most popular outdoor pursuits in the region and a great way to explore the beautiful countryside. Sailing is a popular pastime along the Aegean Coast and there are plenty of opportunities to go sailing and yachting in the many seaside towns and cities of the region. Diving is another popular activity along the coast; the Aegean is home to some spectacular marine wildlife.

Festivals

The Tuscan Sun Festival is an annual festival that celebrates classical music and Tuscan culture. The festival is held in the iconic city of Florence where the city becomes full of performances and parades celebrating music and local culture. Lucca’s Sun Festival is a music and arts festival celebrated every year in the historic town of Lucca. Arezzo’s Antique Fair is one of the largest antiques fairs in the world well worth a visit even if you aren’t buying.

Architecture

Basilica di San Miniato al Monte is one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Florence. The Romanesque basilica is one of the city’s most popular attractions and one of the world’s most famous buildings. Tuscany is home to a number of stunning palaces built throughout the centuries. Many of the palaces are open to the public particularly those in the major cities, such as Florence and Pisa.

Tuscany Family Holidays

Family Attractions

Tuscany is a historic region of Italy that is home to a number of culturally significant buildings and monuments as well as some fascinating museums that celebrate the history and culture of the region.

The Poppi Zoo Park for European Fauna is a popular attraction of the region that is dedicated to European animals and is home to a number of endangered species.

Family Activities

Cycling is an excellent way to explore the famous Tuscan landscape as well as the cities of the region. The countryside has a number of cycle oaths and trails that take cyclists through rolling hills and vistas. The best way to explore the Tuscan cities is on a guided city tour, the guides will show you the best attractions as well as some of the hidden gems.

Nightlife

Tuscany is home to a large number of traditional style bars and pubs that are the best place to sample some of the region’s world renowned wines. Theatre is a major part of Tuscan culture and there are plenty of theatres in all the major towns and cities. Tuscan food is some of the finest cuisine in the world and there is no shortage of restaurants in the region.

Family Hotels

The region is one of the most popular in Italy and as such there are a huge range of hotels to choose from to suit all budgets and tastes, whether you’d rather stay in an old fashioned family-run pension or a five star luxury resort. There are also plenty of self-catered options available.

Useful information

Language
Italian (English widely spoken in the main towns and cities)
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT +2 hours