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A Land of History, Art, Wine, Food & Hospitality

The story of Tuscany spans more than 3000 years of art, architectural wonders, culinary surprises and warm, welcoming hospitality. It is where art, history, romance, adventure and relaxation come together to create the perfect vacation. Florence is undeniably the capital of Tuscany, yet it is only an introduction to the diversity and beauty that exists within the region it sits in.

Tuscany is a land that was built using the local stone, marble and terracotta, creating towns and monuments that still stand tall today. As you plan your itinerary, be sure to include the castles in Casentino, the Walls of Lucca, the towers of San Gimignano, the Roman amphitheater in Fiesole, the beaches along the coast or on Elba Island and the stunning square in Volterra.

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Our website is dedicated to providing the latest information on places to visit and things to do, practical details on how to get around and where to stay once you get here.  First, use our expert information on the weather, maps and the fastest and easiest way to get to Tuscany to plan your arrival. We have visited and reviewed the best Tuscany has to offer. Our ideas for vacation accommodations includes a wide range of typical Tuscan farmhouses, luxury villas and romantic bed and breakfasts.

It’s fresh air and dazzling colors contributed to stimulating the creative spirit of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Simone Martini, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci... to name but a few.  There is so much to see, including museums overflowing with paintings, sketches, bronze and marble sculptures, frescos and writings created over centuries. Be sure to include the Civic Museum in Siena, the modern art museum in Arezzo, the contemporary art museum in Prato and the archaeological museum in Cortona with its Etruscan finds.

Many Possibilities for your Vacation

The true delight in Tuscany is that you will find something even when you are just wandering around the many panoramic backroads by car or find special little towns by train.  Our expert team of locals, who live and work in Tuscany, has put together several itineraries that covers over 14.000 square km of terrain in one, three and seven days. Travel to Mugello and discover Scarperia with its knife making tradition. Drive towards the coast and lose yourself in the vista of the Maremma.  Head towards Pisa and Lucca, then take a small detour to the untamed hills of the Garfagnana. Enjoy the shops, outlets and markets in Florence. Climb the towers in Siena for a marvelous panoramic view. And don’t miss the opportunity to bask in the warm thermal waters located throughout the region, from Saturnia to Montecatini.

Discover an Amazing Tuscany

You don’t have to be passionate about art and architecture to appreciate its stunning landscapes, or take an adventure on a bike and follow the trails, hike the via Francigena, or participate in the many sagra food festivals, exhibitions and other events.  With the natural “bontà”, or bounty, from its gardens, you don’t need to be a masterchef to spend an afternoon learning how to make Ribollita or to savor a glass of fine Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino or the rich Vino Nobile reds from Montepulciano, both by the Val d’Orcia in southern Tuscany. And you don’t even need to speak a word of Italian to order a delicious meal and go people watching in one of the many town squares. These things just come naturally, just like having fun in Tuscany.

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Explore the wonderful city of medieval Siena, its culture, history and traditions, including the famous horse race il Palio around its main square, Piazza del Campo. A jump back to medieval times as you visit the most enchanting sights and secret corners that give this city its special charm.

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Events in Tuscany

One of the funniest and most interesting aspect of Tuscany is leisure! All year round you'll find many festivals and folkloristic events celebrating culinary specialties as well as local traditions dating back to centuries ago, here you'll find then a guide to the most important events taking place all over Tuscany, with some highlighting famous manifestations and others yearly recurrences divided by month or season.

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Val d'Orcia

The Val d’Orcia invites you to slow down and explore an itinerary filled with hilltop towns, thermal water baths, renowned vineyards and a lively cultural calendar with jazz concerts, sagras and outdoor adventures. Here is our guide on how to best enjoy the valley.

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What to Do in Tuscany

Choosing what to do while you're in Tuscany will be the hard part, as there are many choices. Love art and history? Visit the main cities, museums, churches and wander the streets. Love fine wine? Make sure to do wine tastings in the heart of wine country. Enjoy delicious meals to go along with great Tuscan wines. Love food? Take a cooking class to learn how to make a Tuscan dish! Love the outdoors? Bike in Chianti.

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Principally known for its Piazza dei Miracoli - or Square of Miracles - Pisa is a fascinating city with a lively and exciting center, always crowded with people and students coming from any part of the world as some of the most important universities of Tuscany are based right here. Exlpore its monuments and historical palaces and let yourself get carried away by its charm of yesteryear.

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Accommodation in Tuscany

Our guide to help you choose the accommodation in Tuscany that most suits your needs, a complete list of holiday rentals including agriturismo, villas, bed & breakfast, self catering apartments and hotels where you can save by booking direct with the owner.

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Lucca is often referred to as the city of 100 churches for housing a high number of religious buildings, but what maybe stands particularly out are its Renaissance-era city walls that have remained intact since then, being the only original walkable walls in Tuscany. Being easily reachable from many cities and localities of the region both by car and public transports - train above all, Lucca is one of the most popular one-day-trip destinations, find out in this sections the most interesting things to see.

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Tuscany Tours

Enjoy Tuscany to the fullest by joining a guided tour. Qualified guides will make visiting the main sights and museums fun and interesting, and you won't have to worry about driving!

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San Gimignano

Discover San Gimignano, the charming medieval town famous wordwide for its tower houses and its medieval architecture which take you back in time. Stroll along its charming streets, taking in its atmosphere and make sure to visit the inside of the Duomo, where you'll find extraordinary frescoes and climb Torre Grossa to admire the breathtaking panorama that has earned the town its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The green lushy valley of Mugello will delight and enchant with its landscape variety, from beautiful plains and rolling hills to mountains and peaks that are perfect for hiking or trekking. The towns within the Mugello area offer a marvellous and detailed panorama of the traditions and culture that characterize all the zone, with annual events and festivals highlighting the best of the typical food, including chestnuts, mushrooms and the delicious hand made pasta.

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Maremma is synonymous with long sandy beaches, blue sea with clear waters, enchanting landscapes with soft rolling hills and endless green lands, quaint medieval villages, natural thermal springs and archaeological sites. A holiday in Maremma will be plenty of surprises, activities to do, marvellous places to explore and...delicious food and wine to taste!

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Tuscany Forum

Have questions about what to see or do or where to stay? What cities to visit? Don't worry, there are others with the same questions! Head over to our Forum and take a look at past questions and if you still can't find the answer you're looking for, post your own!

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Discover Chianti

Mix the best beauty of the Florence museums and its romantic setting with some leisurely days exploring the hills of Chianti, its delicious wines, stunning small towns and intriguing churchers.  Be sure to add a drive, a tour or even a week of soaking up the Chianti atmosphere.

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Join us in the discovery of the Casentino valley, situated about 50 kms from Florence and just north of Arezzo.  This panoramic territory offers castles and monasteries to explore, trekking and hiking itineraries through its enchanting old-centuries forests and traditional products to be tasted.

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Surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, the Garfagnana area is a lush green valley that offers plenty of activities to do - like hiking, biking, trekking, rock climbing - and places to see, like the many quaint villages that hold enchanting art and architectural treasures to discover, among which the Devil's Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano stands magnificently out.

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Island of Elba

The biggest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba is actually a unique destination in Tuscany and Italy for the great variety that characterizes the landscape. Its popularity is mainly due to its clear sea waters and its stunning beaches, but the innerland is as much interesting as the coast, offering many trekking, hiking and biking paths amidst nature. In a few words, Elba is an amalgam of history, art, culture, nature and sea...what else do you want from your holiday?

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Tuscany Thermal Baths

Indulge yourself with moments of pure relax: Tuscany is rich in natural hot springs spread out all over the territory. You may choose between paying luxurious spa centers and free outdoor thermal baths - like Saturnia and Petriolo - where you may enjoy the benefits of the warm thermal water while admiring the surrounding landscape.

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Tuscany Blog

Stay up to date with upcoming events and interesting news about Tuscany on our Blog. See what's going on in Tuscany now.

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