Tuscany, the nation within another nation, is quite a cultural heaven for any travel and history enthusiast. It is popularly known as the birthplace of Italian Renaissance and is home to world-famous museums like the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. It is a prominent tourist destination with seven Tuscan localities having been designated as World Heritage Sites. You can book the best villas in Tuscany and enjoy your stay to the fullest.
Tuscany’s capital Florence alone attract millions of travellers throughout the year, thanks to its gorgeous landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. If you happen to be one of those millions who is attracted by the golden sunshine scenery and picturesque vineyards, read on.
Tuscany is one of the most visited regions of Italy and thus is well connected to the rest of the world by air, road, and waterways. One can also reach Milan or Rome by plane and then take the train or rent a car to reach Tuscany. You can directly go to Pisa via the Galileo Galilei International Airport or the Florence Airport, Peretola too.
Must visit places:
Florence: The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region is home to many art and architecture masterpieces from the Renaissance era. The Cathedral of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio and the Palazzo Vecchio are the constants on any travel list. The iconic Duomo dates back to the thirteenth century and is an important landmark. It is a shopper’s paradise and a dream of every romantic. With classic cafés serving the best Florence gelato and quaint cobbled streets, your Tuscany visit is impossible without Florence. Enjoy authentic Italian dishes in the top restaurants or just relax and unwind on your holiday as you watch the city passing you by and drink in the Florentine feel.
Siena: This classic medieval hill town is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings and the fan-shaped Piazza del Campo, the central square. Ever since the 1300s, the Piazza del Campo has been an active market and place where the Sienese gathered during important political events, parties, and celebrations. Besides the visual treats, Siena also offers a wide variety of culinary delights. The Merse Valley alone allow you to enjoy delicious Pecorino cheese, mushrooms grown in the woods, the best local wine- Chianti Colli Senesi, and another important local produce- Terre di Siena extra virgin olive oil. The Siena province has many food and drinks festivals all year round for the foodies.
Pisa: It is absolutely impossible for any traveler to visit Tuscany and not visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. But there’s so much more than Pisa promises! Shopping, walking along the Loggie de Banchi and enjoying art exhibitions before visiting the Ponte di Mezzo to capture the gorgeousness of the Arno River and Pisa’s Lungarni is a perfect itinerary for the Pisa visit, even if it is for a day.
Lucca: The cobblestone streets and the Renaissance era wall that encircles the city are a major part of the wonderful historic city. This is the home of many lovely cathedrals and well-preserved towers which provide fabulous views of the city and beyond. The home of famous opera composer Giacomo Puccini is a popular museum in Lucca which is also a popular tourist spot. The excellent restaurants such as Buralli or La Buca di Sant’Antonio offer authentic and delicious regional dishes like tortelli lucchese or zuppa di farro all lucchese.
Chianti Classico Wine Region: Lush green landscapes sprawling out in front of you while a rich, dry and warm wine swirls in the glass- that is the picture that Chianti paints. But before you leave for the nearest vineyard, it is often recommended to pick a region or wine producer in Chianti that you particularly like since the Chianti region itself has seven distinct areas, each of which produces a specific kind of Chianti wine. It is wise to make an appointment for a tour or wine tasting but you can also find wines to taste and buy at an enoteca or a local wine shop. This region is a must visit for oenophiles and nature enthusiasts alike.
Tuscany for foodies:
Lampredotto sandwich: A unique, Tuscan special, the Lampredotto Sandwich is the fourth stomach of a cow cooked in broth and served with salsa verde and spicy sauce. This ancient Florentine dish is sought out by tourists and enjoyed by the natives widely.
Costini Toscani: The reluctant gourmet is another traditional Tuscan dish which is much sought out by those who love baguettes of chopped chicken liver sauce.
Ribolitta: If you happen to visit Tuscany in winter, be sure to have some of this. It is a warm bread soup of different kinds of cabbage, carrots, beans, and onions.
Castagnaccio: This is a traditional cake which can be eaten all year round. It is made with chestnut flour and is very common to the Apennine mountainous area of Tuscany.
Tuscan food is simple without heavy sauces. Soups and bread are quite commonly found in Tuscany, even though many restaurants now serve western dishes as well. Olive oil is used chiefly for cooking such as in salad dressing, stews, and soups and is poured over bread too. The simple but delicious food complements the rich cultural beauty captured in every nook and corner of the region. No wonder it is a top destination for a wide age-range. Those who wish to stay in the hotels during the holidays and those who are planning to rent a villa are both welcome to see the magic unfold here anytime they wish. Hope you have a memorable stay in Tuscany.