Immersive Tuscany Experiences

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Trying to list everything Tuscany is famous for is like asking how much pizza, pasta or gelato you’re going to eat when you visit. The answer is, a lot more than you originally would have thought.

In a lot of other regions around the world, culture is something you choose to participate in, something you go for. In Tuscany however, it’s something you live, breath and feel even as you’re simply strolling through its winding lanes and narrow alleyways.

Tuscany is the true birthplace of the renaissance, where some of the greatest artists in human history, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michaelangelo, to name a couple, at some point or another, liked to call casa (or as we’d say, home).

And this fact is reflected in the graceful, dignified poise that the entire region holds itself in. Every town and city is dripping with cultural riches, just waiting to be discovered.

So whether it’s staring in awe at the enchanting art and architecture of Florence, feasting on traditional Tuscan cuisine in Pisa, or roaming the lesser-known marble quarries of Lucca, the only issue you’ll have is deciding which part of this idyllic region to start in.

Highlights

Birthplace of the Renaissance

You simply can’t underestimate, or fail to be impressed by, the sheer impact that this little region of Italy has had on the world in terms of art, science, and culture.

Home to painters like Botticelli, sculptors like Michelangelo, writers like Alighieri and the all-encompassing geniuses Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci, Tuscany was the beating heart of a cultural revolution that changed the world.

Visiting is a peek into what inspired these individuals, and this artistic flair and endeavour is reflected in the magnificent churches and jaw-dropping architecture, the world-class museums and galleries, and the incredible cuisine.

Breathtaking Scenery

Lush rolling hills, cypress trees standing to attention in the orange wash of the sunset, tatters of mist settling on the vineyards and olive groves, everything you imagine Tuscany to be is waiting, and more…

As well as the classic postcard images of walled, hilltop villages, Tuscany offers the soaring, rugged Apennines a charming coastline that is addictive to explore. For the nature lover within you, Tuscany offers the perfect place to hike out into the stunning countryside, take deep lungfuls of pure, fresh air, and really get away from the urban bustle.

Delicious Food & Wine

There’s nowhere quite like Italy when it comes to food, and Tuscany is no exception. Thick pici pasta strands, smothered with rich, impossibly flavoursome sauces, meaty boar stews and incredible pecorino cheese represent just some of the delights that await you in the cosy trattorias and candlelit ristorantes.

Game dishes are the order of the day here, and you can expect recipes handed down and treasured lovingly in almost all eateries, which makes for a truly authentic, a truly Tuscan experience.

Pair this with a classic, unbeatable Chianti, and you have probably found yourself the ultimate dining experience.

When is the best time to go?

The best months to travel are generally from April until June and from September to October. These months offer the best weather possible for sightseeing, wandering and exploring, during the summer months the heat can get a little overwhelming.

If you want to save money, visit Tuscany in August. Italy’s vacation time is in August, so a lot of the locals are elsewhere on holiday, meaning August is considered off-season in Italy. The positives are that you won’t have to worry about the crowds, but due to the low number of visitors, you might find some shops, restaurants or attractions closing early.

Top 10 Must See Tuscany Sites

  1. Piazza del Campo
  2. Duomo (Florence)
  3. Galleria degli Uffizi
  4. San Gimingano
  5. Elba
  6. Chianti country
  7. Duomo (Siena)
  8. Val d’Orcia
  9. Leaning Tower of Pisa
  10. Palazzo Vecchio