A romantic image of picturesque hill towns, green landscapes, sunflower fields and medieval towers and some of the best cities in Italy, portrays the region of Tuscany. Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, the island of Elba... this is the cradle of Renaissance, thus a holiday in Tuscany will be one that defines art in all its facets: the art of nature, the art in living, the art of... Italy:
A top location for renting a last minute holiday home in Tuscany will be of course, Florence. This is where it all began, this is the soul of the Renaissance, the source of enlightenment for the entire Old Continent. The Piazza del Duomo and the Brunelleschi's great dome, the Giotto's tower beside it, and Ghiberti's masterpieces, what is there even more to say? You've heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, without a doubt. Standing in the Campo dei Miracoli, this structure is an example of miraculous-like architectural talent, just like the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. They say that the Campo Santo has earth from Golgota that was brought here so that people living in the area can be buried in sacred land. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Siena is a true work of art as well, and in the Piazza del Campo here the famous horse race, the Palio, is held. The tower of San Gimignano will give you a glimpse into the Middle Ages, and the city of Lucca is one of amazing architecture as well, that you can get to admire from a holiday home in Tuscany.
Cultural attractions in Tuscany pay tribute to the artistic talent that dominates the entire place, from its nature to its buildings, events and venues that will leave you dazzled with amazement. In Florence, you have the museums, the Museo del Duomo, the church of San Lorenzo and Michelangelo's Medici Tombs. Furthermore, not far you will encounter Pisa and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo here, and in Siena, the horse race, the Palio, is an exquisite representation of this region's grandeur and impressiveness. From a holiday villa in Tuscany it would be a shame to not get to San Gimignano, where history, and also culture and traditions from medieval times are so incredibly... incredible. Check out the 14th-century Herb Pharmacy and Herbarium here and the Romanesque Church of San Iácopo. The island of Elba is a unique place in itself, it was once under the sovereignty of Napoleon and thus reminders of him are found everywhere here. The Medici Villas and Gardens are beautiful as well, a stop worth making on your holiday in Tuscany, as well as Montepulciano, a hilltop town that is just... you'll see.
There have not been enough words of praise invented to describe the region of Tuscany. The proof? Surely, we can start with the north part, the region of Mugello, where from green hills to plains and the river Sieve, all framed by the almighty Appenines, they all create a most breathtaking landscape. Then you have the central area of Tuscany, the Chianti Region... much wow, again. The vineyards, the views, the wine... much wow, indeed. Maremma is a much more... coastal type of “wow”, we would say. It is even a “James Bond” type of “wow”, if you visit the historic Spanish Talamon Tower, a place featured in the “Quantum of Solace”. Plus, a summer holiday home in Tuscany is one that can also take you to the sea, and Maremma has some fabulous beaches and even thermal waters. The Island of Elba is so much portraying “la dolce vita” on an island, that you will just never want to leave this place.
Thermal waters are very popular in Tuscany, they have many natural hot springs here, and also you can opt for a wellness holiday in Tuscany at a local spa center. The outdoor hot springs at Bagni San Filippo are amazing, in the south of Tuscany, and the thermal baths in Saturnia, Maremma are also a fabulous option. There are spa centers here too, and outdoor waterfalls, all in all, Tuscany is like a source of constant surprises and complete relaxation among them.
Given the varied landforms in this region of Italy, there are more than a few activities and sports that can be enjoyed on a holiday in Tuscany. In Maremma you have the beautiful beaches and the water sports, the sailing and the swimming, the relaxing by the sea. On the Island of Elba, you have all these as well, and also hiking and cycling, even golfing. In speaking of hiking and cycling, these are also “written” all over the Chianti region, where you will find that from a holiday villa in Tuscany one can venture on the 19 km trip between Rada and Volpaia by bike, and stop at local wine and olive oil producers, sample the local goods. The Appenines in Mugello... if you can stomach even more breathtaking views and life-long remembrances of your time spent in Tuscany, go hiking in Mugello. You'll feel like you were given the gift of a completely renewed existence.
Fun and entertainment on a family holiday in Tuscany are not to be underestimated: history, nature, cooking, hiking at all sorts of heights and in fact hiking for all sorts of heights, for both the little ones and the adults. The coast of Tuscany offers beautiful sandy beaches, where you can go on and build sand castles and enjoy the sun, the water sports and the unique atmosphere. Take your little ones from a group accommodation for families to the best playgrounds in Siena, go cycling or horse back riding in Lucca, visit the museums of Florence. The castles in Casentino, the zoo in Poppi, Roman ruins near Lucca and the Planetarium, all attractions that will make for an unforgettable holiday in Tuscany.
Dining in Tuscany, well, dining in Italy, let's say, is just a life changing experience. Whether you wish to reenact dining scenes from “Eat. Pray. Love”, or you want to take this experience in your own hands, a culinary holiday in Tuscany is unique. From the local Chianti wines, to the local pasta dishes, the pizza, the seafood and the fresh fish, the olive oil and citrus that are specific to the area, these ingredients make for the ideal recipe for a complete holiday in Tuscany.
There are pet-friendly beaches in Tuscany. That makes you happy, we would think. But just wait until you see Puffy's tail wagging as a sign of gratitude for repaying his unconditioned love and taking him with you on your holiday in Tuscany... priceless. The dog beach in San Vincenzo, the Spiaggia Comunale di Baratti, the Vada, Rosignano Solvay, you make your choice. Then you also have the nature areas where you and Pooch can relax and take long walks, even go for a picnic or maybe fishing together. A mutual smiling heart will be written all over your holiday with a pet in Tuscany.Points of interest, a “must see” list in Tuscany:
Tuscany is an artistic marvel in all facets that can even define art, from its stunning nature to its beautiful cities, from its coast to its local history, culture, cuisine. A holiday in Tuscany needs no embellishments.
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