Tuscany Travel Tips
Tuscany (Toscana) can rightly claim to have just about the best of everything: architecture, the country's greatest collection of art, soul-stirring countryside and some of Italy's finest fresh produce and best-known wines.
Most people are drawn to Tuscany by the artistic splendours of Florence and Siena or to view the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But Tuscany also harbours some of Italy's most impressive hill towns and there's great scope for walking, notably among the gentle green hills and valleys of Il Chianti or, for more vigorous striding, the Apuane Alps.
Florence has come to maintain its rich cultural history amidst the hustle and bustle of modernity. Despite being one of Italy's largest cities, Florence has remained to be a symbol of the Renaissance ...
So much can be said for Rome and the surrounding south of Italy. But those who would sing the praises of its cobbled alleyways, ancient aqueducts, and bustling air of Italian joie-de-vivre, can ...
It's no wonder why Florence is one of Europe's most walkable cities; setting out on foot through the compact medieval streets, you can reach many of Florence's most popular attractions. After all the ...
The world is brimming with spectacular attractions but when it comes to city sightseeing, you’ll likely have to jostle with crowds of other tourists to check out the principal sights. Particularly ...
Italians are known for their food, and each province has its specialties. But Florence is widely hailed for its Tuscan-style cuisine, seemingly sent from Heaven itself. And while eating out is a ...
From picturesque farmhouses to auburn sunsets, Tuscany is one of the most romantic and visually seductive areas of the world. The pomp surrounding this region isn't pomp, but rather well earned ...
Few European cities live as harmoniously with their past as Siena. This most beloved of Tuscany’s hilltop settlements preserves its medieval layout, focusing on the unique crooked half-moon Piazza ...
Italian cities all have their own signature landmarks and salient qualities, and Pisa, of course, is no different. Its famous tower, the campanile of the city's cathedral, is its most recognizable ...
It’s more than one year that we are waiting for this moment…now it seems that we are really close to that! I’m talking about a dream that is becoming true, a unique museum card that allows the ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, March 2012
Giorgio Vasari. It’s unlikely you can visit northern Italy and not hear this name. He was a Renaissance painter, architect and writer who left us a legacy of pretty good paintings, great ...
It’s not just Venice that celebrates Carnival in style. In the lovely seaside Tuscan town of Viareggio, Carnival is less about masked decadence and more about their world-famous parade of ...
is the other Florence. What do I mean? I mean that you’ll find people
generally fall into two groups: fans of Florence and fans of Siena. Both
are incredibly beautiful, both are full of ...
Written by Jessica, USA, November 2012
While each town in Tuscany
will get into the Christmas spirit to some degree, shopping aficionados
will want to make sure to visit the cities and towns that include good
Christmas markets in ...
Did I hear you say you wanted a room with a view? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Cortona is the town that tumbles down a hillside, virtually guaranteeing that every building has plenty of ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, May 2012
A lot of the attraction of Tuscany
is getting back to a slower life. The flavors, the landscapes, the art –
it all makes us look back to a simpler time. That’s why this is an
ideal place in ...
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