Home to rich red wines and stunning views, Tuscany is surely one of the most favored choices when it comes to Italy city breaks destinations. But do you know makes Tuscany so popular? Here, we’ve made a list of the best places and activities you shouldn’t miss on your getaway.
Admire the works of Leonardo da Vinci
Did you know that one-and-only Leonardo da Vinci was born in a small town near Florence, in the village of Anciano, to be exact? Today, many of his works can be found in museums throughout the Italian region, and some of his early paintings can see in the amazing Uffizi in Florence, one of the best galleries in the world.
Relax on the beach
Of course, Tuscany is usually associated either with its capital, Florence, or its incredible vineyards and not with great beaches! And, of course, the rolling hills and cypress trees that the area is famous for are incredible. But not visiting a beach or two is a sure way to miss out on a fantastic experience. But if you want to take an unusual route on your Italian adventure, you’ll soon find Tuscany full of beaches just waiting to be discovered. For example, Elba is one of the most beautiful European islands, located just off the coast of Tuscany. This beautiful place, with its crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, is popular with tourists and locals alike and will capture your heart just like the famous vineyards and the rolling hills.
Florence is not the only Tuscany city you should add to your travel plans. What about Pisa, a lovely place famous for its amazing calling card? Of course, we are talking about its Leaning Tower (yes, the famous one from the hundreds of pictures with people pretending to be supporting the beautiful tower about to fall). As you can see, this place is very Instagrammable. Plus, while the tower is one of Pisa’s most famous sights, it’s far from being the only one worthy of your attention.
Vespa Tour of the Countryside
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or want to see the country like a local, you might consider booking a cross-country scooter. Activities in Tuscany can be anything you want, and a Bumblebee rental will allow you to travel the ancient Italian roads and enjoy the famous beautify of the Italian countryside without booking a tour. After all, traveling at your own pace allows you to stop at any beautiful town or viewpoint that catches your eye and discover some hidden gems you won’t find in any travel guide.
Go Chianti Wine Tasting
If you’re an oenophile, you won’t want to miss a visit to Tuscany’s Chianti region, as it’s home to some of the best Italian wines, located roughly between Florence and Siena. Visit one of the small family-owned wineries and learn the basics of wine making, before enjoying a private tasting with a professional sommelier.