Tuscany is one of the most iconic landscapes in Italy. Not only are the views picture-perfect, but the whole area encapsulates so much history and culture. Spend a couple of days exploring Tuscany and you will be inebriated with art, architecture, good food and good wine. The locals who live among the hill tops and vineyards will welcome you with open arms, and are always excited to show you the best of rural Italy.
Located between Rome and Milan, Tuscany is an area that was built on Etruscan and Roman roots. Its name was believed to be derived from an Etruscan tribe that habituated the countryside around 1,000 B.C. Tribes and local people have lived on these hills for centuries, attractive not only because of its picturesque landscape, but also its access to nearby Italian cities Florence and Pisa.
Florence and Pisa are two destinations often included in an Italy trip, and all for the right reasons. Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, and renowned for its many masterpieces of Renaissance architecture, dating back to the 15th century. Churches, museums and galleries across Florence showcase this, in both subtle and glaringly obvious ways. Either way, art enthusiasts across the world come to Florence for this very reason.
As part of Tuscany, Pisa is also an iconic destination. Of course the most recognizable icon is the leaning tower. Standing at a height of 60 meters, the tower started to lean dramatically to one side, and consequently, it is one of the most photographed landmarks in all of Italy. Aside from the tower, Pisa has so much more charm and beauty to offer. Other attractions include the Duomo, Baptistery, and the Camposanto Monument.
The beauty of Tuscany is that it offers something for everyone. In the spring and summer months, the rolling hills and expensive countryside attract thousands of hikers every year. Of course a good hike cannot be enjoyed without accompanying good food and wine, which Tuscany certainly provides. Among others, some of the most iconic foods to try during your stay include stews, bread, and pasta dishes like pappardelle al cinghiale.
As well as good cuisine, Tuscany also has a long history of wine making and production. Agriculture in Tuscany has historically focused around grapes (for wine), olive trees, and wheat. During your stay in Tuscany, we can arrange vineyard tours and tastings. Get in touch with our destinations specialists to recommend some fantastic day trips to include throughout your Tuscany trip.