Tuscany Holidays Ideas For All Types Of Travelers
The Italian language was born in Tuscany. Famous ancient writers and poets hail from Tuscany (such as Dante Alighieri).The delicious Chianti wine is mulled in Tuscany. This region has A LOT to offer! From the beauty of the hills to the clear blue sea via the calm plains and the big cities, Tuscany has something for everyone! Here are some ideas for all types of tourists.
FOR THE ONE WHO ASSOCIATES VACATION WITH “GETTING TAN ON THE BEACH”.
It’s easy to find a beautiful beach in Tuscany, just head West.Here are a few of the best beaches. First, the Island of Elba is AMAZING (…though a bit expensive), its landscapes are a “must-see” of Tuscany! Between two sunbaths, you can go explore the pretty little towns like Portoferraio, Capoliveri, Rio Marina and many others. Next, Parco della Maremma in Southern Tuscany has great beaches such as Calo bagno delle Donne. A tiny bit more North and you’ll find the unique Cala Violina in the heart of the Riserva Naturale delle Bandite di Scarlino, famous for its white sand and clear blue water. In the North, the area of Versilia also has beautiful beaches too: Marina di Carrara, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Camaiore. But it’s hard to find a « free beach » in the North of Tuscany, which means in some, you’ll have to pay to lay on the beach, you can’t come with your own towels nor sit wherever you want. If you are into the spiaggia libera (free beach)life, I advise you to go in the South of Tuscany instead!
FOR THE URBAN EXPLORER AND ART AFICIONADO.
Florence is nicknamed the “art palace of Tuscany” and holds a huge concentration of Renaissance art and architecture. It has museums such as the Uffizi, (with the world famous Botticelli’s The birth of Venus), the Pitti Palace, the Bargello and many others. In Italy, you don’t even have to pay to see high art, just go to the Florence Cathedral, Siena Cathedral or Pisa Cathedral and those alone will blow your mind! Pisa is known for its leaning tower and Siena for its Piazza del Campo, but there are so many other things to see. These three cities already have a great reputation, so you’ll probably find whatever you need to know on Internet as well.
Besides that, I’d recommend you spend at least one day in Lucca and take a guided tour. It’s a very nice city, much quieter and a lot smaller than the three biggest ones and yet equally as lovely. Don’t forget to check Livorno and Pistoia as well while there.
FOR THE “NO STRESS” AND NATURE LOVER.
Relaxing natural hot spring sounds like your thing?…And guess what? Tuscany has plenty of them across its region. Some have been privatized by spa centers but others still offer free access. Here are some natural hot springs where you can bathe for free: Terme di Petriolo, Sasso Pisano, Saturnia, Bagni San Filippo and San Casciano dei Bagni.
To continue relaxing, you can find accommodations in the calm countryside. The Chianti area between Florence and Siena and Val d’Orcia (World Heritage Site by UNESCO) between Siena and Grosseto have picturesque landscapes and are rich in high quality local products. What better way to discover the local gastronomy?
What about hiking the Monte Forato in Garfagnana in the province of Lucca to admire Tuscany from above? And while you’re in Garfagnana, go discover a wonder of nature: the cave Grotta del Vento. I would also advise you to walk at the Passo di Dante on the Monte Pisano between Lucca and Pisa. It’lloffer panoramic views of both cities and a great sea view (sunset photo opportunity).
FOR THE FANS OF HISTORY.
WARNING: blast from the past guaranteed. Tuscany is full of well-preserved medieval villages. San Gemignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Pitigliano, to name a few. Visiting here and you’ll find yourself in postcard landscapes. You’ll ask yourself if people have really lived here for all this time because it’s still so authentic. If you want to go even further back in time, stay in Volterra and go looking for the Roman theater ruins.
As you can see, Tuscany is amazing! Why not add it to your next holiday travel list? Enjoy!