From stunning landscapes to world class art and sensational food, the Tuscan experience is one not to be missed.
Tuscany – named after its pre-Roman inhabitants, the Etruscans – is steeped in tradition, with many folklore and food festivals taking place across the region, such as the Medieval Festival Bianco Azzurra in Castiglione Fiorentino, Eastern Tuscany, and the wonderful Mercantia Festival in Certaldo.
For music lovers, there are countless outdoor music festivals, with huge international names descending on Tuscany each year to perform at the famous Lucca Summer Festival.
The City of Lucca – a small but bright, jewel in the crown of Tuscany – is fully enclosed by 4.2 kilometeres of Rennaissance walls which can be navigated on foot or by bicycle.
Lucca has an undeniable cultural flair and, amongst the myriad attractions there, the oval-shaped Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and the Guinigi tower with its centuries old trees at the very top, are two not to be missed.
Piazza dei Miracoli – home to the Tower of Pisa, the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry, the Campanile, and the Camposanto Monumentale – is recognised as one of the finest architectural complexes in the world but it is by no means the only place in Pisa worth a visit. This is a beautiful Medieval University town which holds many other treasures as well as excellent restaurants, theatres and cinemas.
These and other Tuscan cities are fabulous places for sightseeing, but taking a bike around more rural parts of Tuscany is a great way to see the unspoiled and beautiful landscape too. Explore the hills and Villages in Chianti and taste some of the great Tuscan wines such as Brunello, Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Chianti, or simply take a walk along the mountain paths.
When you discover Tuscany, you will understand why Italy has inspired artists and writers for centuries.