A wonder region
Welcome to Tuscany
There is no other place like Tuscany. This region had such a strong impact on Italian and European cultures that made it different from any other. And what’s more, we talk about a 360-degree culture, made of art, winegrowing, truffle collecting, extra virgin renowned oil production, craftsmanship and fashion.
Anyway, what makes Tuscany so famous is its role as birthplace of the Renaissance. We can hear the immortal names of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo echoing in its museums, galleries and frescoed churches.
Through this brief guide of Tuscany, we will highlight what is worthy to visit, discover and lived with curiosity, surely starting from our amazing Florence.
What's in the guide?
- Tourist Information
- Things to do
- Things to see
- Ebook local food
- Local tips and experiences
Tuscany tourist info
There are two main airports in Tuscany: Amerigo Vespucci - Firenze Peretola Airport (just 5 km away from Florence old town) and Galileo Galilei - Pisa International Airport. Then, there are two minor airports, which have charter, private and commercial planes traffic: Marina di Campo - Elba Island Airport and Corrado Baccarini - Grosseto Airport that is located in Maremma region.
If you are looking for cities of art, the best choice is to hire a scooter or a bike. In this way, you will quickly reach all interesting places and you will enjoy your holidays feeling the wind in your hair. Whereas, if you are more interested in a food and wine tour characterised by beautiful landscapes, we suggest to hire a car. You will be free to discover less touristic little medieval villages.
It is not Tuscany without…
- The birthplace of Renaissance
- Its irresistible dialect
- Its vineyards and olive groves
Do not miss in Tuscany…
- Tuscan Archipelago
- The Palio di Siena horse race
- The cities of art
- Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
- National Museum of San Matteo (Pisa)
- Opera Metropolitana Cathedral Museum (Siena)
Although the unpleasant mix of sultry air and crowds of tourists, summer is one of the most popular time to visit Tuscany. Anyway, we must say that climate varies from one area to another. Hilly and upland areas offer a more pleasant and cool weather than cities and coastal areas. However, we always recommend April to May and October to November as best travelling dates. During these times, in fact, Tuscany is less crowded and you will have it all for you!
Any little Tuscan village is proud of its typical dishes. The recipes are quite simple, but they pay a great attention to cooking methods and to high quality ingredients. There are some dishes that you will try anywhere, like bruschetta, crostino (crouton) and paté (pâté), and you will find out that the essential dressing of all Tuscan recipes is olive oil. A place of honour among typical products goes to Tuscan wines. Among them, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano deserved the exclusive DOCG Italian wine classification tier.
Things you may not know about Tuscany
- It is the Italian region most abundant of football clubs: Fiorentina, Siena and Livorno, just to name a few.
- There is one of the strangest balcony in the world, with all its architectural elements upside down. You will find “balcone rovesciato” in Florence at 12, Borgo Ognissanti street.
- There are more UNESCO sites in Tuscany than in Australia or in South Africa!
- The one known as Torre di Pisa is not the only leaning tower of the town. There are two other slightly leaning bell towers: San Nicola and San Michele degli Scalzi ones.
- orre del Mangia of Palazzo Pubblico in Siena is the third highest tower of Italy thanks to its dimension of 88 m high!
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