Top Ten Things To Do On Your Vacation In Tuscany

Tuscany, with its rolling countryside scenes, sunlit vineyards and historic cities, is one of Italy’s most visited regions for vacations and tourism. And it certainly is one of the most fascinating places to visit, with iconic treasures such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo’s statue of David and Florence’s Cathedral, as well as medieval walled cities and hilltop towns famous for their vibrant wines. It even boasts island retreats with sun-kissed white sandy beaches! The region really has it all and if you’re unsure where to visit in Italy then it is a safe bet for an enjoyable vacation.

But if you already have your sights set on Tuscany then what do we recommend as the top ten things to do in the region?

1. Take a selfie with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Ok, so it’s a cliché but the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a must-see on a vacation to Tuscany. It’s wonky structure really is quite incredible and, if you have the stamina, we highly recommend visiting inside, where you can climb the numerous steep stairs to the Bell Tower to be rewarded by glorious views of the cityscape.

2. Take a peek at David in Florence

There’s a certain member of the Bellarome team that doesn’t really “get” art. However, even they were silenced by Michelangelo’s impressive and overwhelming statue of David. Standing at 5.17 metres, Michelangelo created the masterpiece when he was just 26 years old and it has been housed in the Accademia Gallery since 1873.

3. Take a tour of the wine regions

If you’re like us and have been tuning into ITV4’s The Wine Show you have probably been experiencing some serious envy over the stunning countryside backdrop, sunny vineyards and decadent wines that the show’s hosts have been enjoying. So why not experience it for yourself and enjoy a tour of the Chianti wine region? Various tours are available to the likes of Greve or Monteriggioni, and you could even cross the border into Umbria to visit Orvieto, which is known for its medieval charm and sumptuous wines.

4. Stop and stare in Siena

The city of Siena is, in our opinion, a must-stop and, thanks to the excellent transport links in Tuscany, it can easily be reached from other cities, including Florence. Its Cathedral is one of our favourites and is so incredibly pretty, with pink hues incorporated into its marble façade, which also features ancient mosaics and sculptures. We also recommend stopping at Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race takes place – its vastness is something to behold and it’s a particularly enjoyable place to enjoy an Italian ice-cream.

5. Rent a bike in Lucca

Thanks to its pedestrianised medieval city walls, Lucca is the perfect place for a family cycling holiday. You can rent bicycles from a number of outlets (we recommend Poli on Piazza Santa Maria) and peddle on the paved walls around the city, taking in pretty views of the Tuscan countryside as you go. The city also hosts an annual Summer Festival that attracts famous musicians and singers in July and August, making these months a really fun time to visit the city to catch a show.

6. Stop by San Gimignano

The medieval hill town of San Gimignano is a delight for wine lovers and foodies, and is famous for its white wine, called Vernaccia di San Gimignano. It also features unique architecture, not least its 14 towers, which have been beautifully conserved over the years, making it an attractive place to visit on a day trip.

7. Learn to cook Tuscan cuisine in a Florentine house

Love Italian food? Then learn from the best with a cooking class under the guidance of an Italian chef during your vacation in Florence. These fun classes usually start with a market tour, where you can learn how to select the best produce, and end with a decadent meal, featuring the dishes that you have helped to make (as well as Italian wine, of course)!

8. Go SCUBA diving in Grosseto

When you think of SCUBA diving in Italy you probably think of the sunny towns on the south coast or perhaps Sardinia; however, Grosseto in Tuscany is actually a famous SCUBA diving hot-spot as it is close to the wonderfully colourful seabeds of the Monte Argentario Promontory. The nearby islands also provide oodles of secluded bays and long beaches, where you can enjoy other water sports, making it the ideal place for a summer beach vacation.

9. Ride the cable car in Montecatini Terme

If hidden gems and epic countryside views are your thing then you will love Montecatini Terme, which is a spa town featuring luxury hotels, a golf club, a theatre, and several vibrant night clubs. One of our favourite things about the city is the “Funicolare”, which is a cable car linking Montecatini Terme with Montecatini. Thanks to the latter’s prime hill-top position, you can enjoy simply stunning views and a breath of fresh Tuscan air.

10. Lounge on the beach in Viareggio

If you fancy something a little different to break the art, culture and countryside scenes that Tuscany is famous for, then spend a day in Viareggio, which is one of the region’s most popular beach resorts. It can easily be reached by train from the major cities and the beach is just a short walk in the sunshine from the train station!

 

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