Tuscany overview

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.

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Rome has 21 districts, each offering a different experience and ambiance of the city. Some of the most popular districts to stay and visit are Tridente, Monti, Trastevere, Centro Storico, and Campo Marzio. The Tridente region is where you can find iconic sites like the Spanish Steps, the Piazza di Spagna area, and the Trevi Fountain. This area is always busy, no matter what time of day you go, but it is certainly a must-do during your time in Rome. It is also home to the Via Condotti which is the most fashionable street in the capital, featuring high fashion boutiques and luxury brands.

Another popular area in Rome is Monti. This area in the city center is eclectic – a wonderful blend of both classical architecture and archaeological sites, and a bohemian and artistic feel. This is also one of the closest areas to the Forum Romanum and the iconic Colosseum. Trastevere is a neighborhood in Rome that is becoming increasingly popular. It is most famous for its food and wine scene, with plenty of innovative Al Fresco dining spots and pubs serving craft beers.

Centro Storico and Campo Marzio are also very popular districts in Rome. The first, Centro Storico, was the first urban zone in Rome and as a result, is very central to the capital city. Wander the cobbled streets of Centro Storico and immerse yourself in the culture, history, and beautiful ancient architecture – with Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori in particular. Campo Marzio is an exclusive district in Rome, featuring exclusive hotels where you will often see celebrities stay. It is close to Piazza del Popolo, and beside the Villa Borghese gardens in Rome – often nicknamed the ‘green lung’ of Rome.


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When to go to Tuscany

When to go Tuscany

Tuscany offers warm and reliable weather from April to October. That said, the most comfortable conditions, where the temperature is not too hot and there are fewer tourists, are the shoulder months of April, May, September and October. The peak summer months of June, July, and August offer plenty of sunshine, but temperatures often range from 82-95°F – which can be quite uncomfortable especially if you are planning to be active, and complete some of the beautiful walks and hikes across the Tuscan countryside.


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What is the most beautiful part of Tuscany?

Tuscany as a region is all beautiful. When you think of the Tuscan countryside, you may envisage sunsets over rolling hills, iconic cypress trees and vineyards. And this is exactly what you’ll see. Across these picture-perfect landscapes, you’ll find cobbled tracks, beautiful farmhouses and hamlets. Some of the most quaint and rustic villages here include Lucca, Cortona, and Montepulciano, known famously for its vineyards growing red wine in particular.

Where is the best place to stay in Tuscany?

The region of Tuscany oozes character and beauty, and is a great place to be based for a couple of nights. When it comes to accommodation in Tuscany, there are some really charming boutique hotels on offer, showcasing the best views, food, and ambiance. We would recommend staying in Siena if you want to be near a larger Tuscan city, but arguably the most picturesque area in Tuscany would be Pienza. This is within the Val d’orcia which is a vast green valley, encompassing the Orcia River.

What is the best month to visit Tuscany?

Like much of Italy, Tuscany can get very hot during the peak summer months of June, July and August. The best months to visit are arguably the shoulder months. April and May fall before the peak season, and temperatures are still warm and pleasant. After the season, the months of September and October are also gems.

What food is Tuscany known for?

The food and wine in Tuscany is often raved about, especially because it boasts unpretentious dishes and productions of wine. A lot of the food found in Tuscany centers around bread, pastas and stews. Local Tuscan people worship their bread, so you’ll see a lot of bruschetta and toasted bread, drizzled with local olive oil and served with fresh salads. Panzanella and ribolita are two must-try Tuscan specialities, both centered around bread.

How long should I spend in Tuscany?

Like many other Italian destinations, there is really no maximum time you can spend in Tuscany. I would recommend at least 3-5 nights in Tuscany, but you could easily spend a week here, taking in all it has to offer. For those looking to be more active, I’d recommend 5 or 6 nights to enjoy hiking through the picturesque landscape.


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