Some hints for a Perfect Holiday in Tuscany
If you have in mind to visit one of the most beautiful Italian regions, here you have some hints for a Perfect Holiday in Tuscany. We will help you create a possible itinerary from different locations in Tuscany. To experience this one-of-a-kind region fully, we suggest you to do it from all points of view; from the historical and architectural aspects to the best flavours and the suggestive landscapes that our region can offer.
Many reasons to visit our incredible Tuscany
When thinking about Tuscany, most of the people immediately picture in their mind the traditional view over the infinite green rollling hills and the cypress trees of our bucolic region.
The beauty of our landscape is also confirmed by the many international movies. In fact, many famous movies like The English Patient (1996), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999), The Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001) and Quantum of Solace (2006) got ispired by our naturally beautiful landscape. In the movie from the James Bond Saga, you can recongnize the historical Siena with its many red roofs in the old town and the incredibly beautiful Cathedral, as well as the stunning white marble caves of Carrara.
What makes Tuscany unique is the many different environments concentrated in only one region.
Indeed, you can go back to the Renaissance and discover Florence, or admire the medieval architecture in places like Siena. The region is rich in history even in the smallest villages in the countryside, like San Gimignano, Volterra, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano etc. In addition, you will love the food here and you will have the chance to taste the authentic Tuscan flavours with different local specialties. Another passion we can share with you is wine. In fact, you can visit special wineries and combine excellent labels to your aperitivo. Moreover, Tuscany is the perfect place if you like nature. With a almost 400 km coastline and a beautiful archipelago, a 66 % hilled territory and a 25% of mountains, Tuscany has much to offer to every kind of visitor.
Useful info about Tuscany
Tuscany is one of the 20 Italian regions and it is located on the west coast. It is limited by the Tyrrhenian Sea and it boasts a marvellous archipelago along the cost. Among the most beautiful islands belonging to Tuscany you find the Elba Island.
The region borders with Liguria (where the famous Cinque Terre are located), Emilia Romagna (with regional capital Bologna), Marche, Umbria and Lazio (the region of Rome). To give you a better idea of where Tuscany is, the regional capital Florence is about 280 km north of Rome and 300 km south of Milan.
When visitors come here for the first time, they usually visit the most popular destinations like Florence, Pisa and Lucca. Neverthless, all the areas surrounding these cities hide wonderful treasures of any kind. So, from Florence, Pisa or Lucca, you can discover less known villages at a short distance and plan a nice 3 or 5 day itinerary including the nearby area.
Read more about Where is Tuscany.
How to get to Tuscany
If you fly to Tuscany, remember that the major Tuscan airports are the one of Pisa and also Florence. However, the airport is Pisa is reached by many low cost companies, what makes it more convenient.
It is also true that the city of Florence benefits from a central location. Thanks to its position, it is fast and efficient to reach Florence thorugh rail and motorway connections.
In fact, it is quite easy to reach Florence from other Italian cities like Rome or Bologna. You can take a Frecciarossa (high speed train) from Bologna and reach Florence in only 40 minutes. Or if you are coming from Rome, the same train takes approximatly 1 and a half hour. If you manage to book your ticket in advance, you can even find very good offers on the official train system website (Trenitalia).
Another possibility is hiring a car or considering a private transfer that we would be glad to organize for you.
Our trasfer service to bring you to Tuscany
Our company Bellaitaliatour can organize a private trasfer for you and pick you up from the airports of Rome, Bologna and Pisa to reach several Tuscan destinations. All our vehicles are equipped with air conditioning. According to the number of partecipants, we can drive you to Tuscany in a sedan or a minivan.
You can request a private transportation and let us know from where to where you need to go. Indeed, all our services can be customized according to your needs.
If you wish, we can pick you up at the airport and bring you to your accomodation in town or in the countryside. In case you love nature, we can actually recommend you a couple of nice places like the Varramista farm in the province of Pisa or Castello di Gabbiano, a luxury castle with suites in the well-known Chianti wine district, outside of Florence.
What to see in Tuscany: our recommendation for a 3 or 5 day itinerary
As we already mentioned, our region really has a lot to offer to any kind of visitor. The driving distances between the major Tuscan cities are quite short. That allows you to even combine the visit of two different villages in the nearby area Florence, Lucca or Pisa. According to where your accomodation is based, we can suggest you some possible itineraries for a 3 or 5 day perfect holiday in Tuscany.
Visit the official website of the National Tourism Agency to learn more about what to see in our region.
Ideas for a perfect Holiday in Tuscany from Florence
Let’s imagine that you are going to spend up to 5 days in the Florence area. In this case, you surely need at least a couple of them to live the city fully. The city has a lot to offer: history, architecture, parks, museums, the incredible Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio.
From Florence, you can reach many other marvellous locations at a short distance. For the enthusiasts about history, it is a good idea to reach Siena and San Gimignano for example. These medieval towns are about 1 hour driving from Florence and approximatly 40 minutes away from each other. With our Tour from Florence to Siena and San Gimignano, you can discover this area together with a nice wine tasting within the day.
The villages of Montalcino and Montepulciano are also worth a visit, if you love wine. They are located in the province of Siena and you can get there in 1 and half hour driving. Montalcino and Montepulciano are only 40 minutes far away from each other.
From Florence, you can dedicate one day to reach the coast and get to the world-wide famous Leaning Tower or enjoy a nice Walking Tour in Pisa. The city is about 1 hour from Florence. For food lovers, we organize nice Cooking Classes in a Farmhouse, to let you taste the authentic flavours of our cuisine. The same service can be enjoyed also in other Tuscan cities.
Ideas for a perfect Holiday in Tuscany from Pisa
If you chose Pisa as your base accomodation, here you find some suggestions about how to enjoy your holiday. It goes without saying that you will have to dedicate some of your time to visit the city. Here, you find the famous Leaning Tower and the stunning architectural complex in Piazza dei Miracoli. The area belongs to UNESCO. However, there is much more to do in town: from the Lungarno district and the romantic Ponte di Mezzo to some shopping in Borgo Stretto.
A nice idea if you like food is tasting the unique truffles of San Miniato, only 40 minutes away from Pisa. On our Truffle Tour, we even bring you to Leonardo da Vinci’s hometown.
Travelling north for about 40 minutes, you can stop by the incredible white marble caves of Carrara. There, you can learn more about the excavation methods through the centuries. Since Pisa is closer to the coast, it is easier to reach the Cinque Terre National Park in the nearby Region of Liguria. You can get there in about 1 and a half hour driving. Once there, you can visit the charming villages using the train or the ferry boats. We organize Day tours to Cinque Terre from Pisa and even Private Boat Tours if you are looking for a more exclusive experience.
Moreover, you can get to Florence, since the city is only about 1 hour driving from Pisa. If you have enough time, you can spend one more day in the very heart of Tuscany and discover Siena. This medieval city is only 1 and a half hour distance by car from Pisa. The Chianti wine district and the villages of San Gimignano and Volterra can be reached from Pisa as well.
Ideas for a perfect Holiday in Tuscany from Lucca
The beauty of this historical town is definetely worth a stop. Lucca is knows as the town of a hundred churches for the many religious buildings in the historical center. Besides, its defensive walls are among the most well-preserved ones in Italy. You can spend few hours walking on the walls or climbing one of its towers. So, you will admire the richness of this place from a different perspective.
Furthermore, from Lucca you can reach Pisa and the marvellous Leaning Tower in about half an hour only. Also Florence is quite close to Lucca and you can get there in about one hour. We can bring you to Florence on our Private Tour, where you can visit the Uffizi Galleries or the Accademia Museum. On our website, you find all the tours we organize from Lucca. Thanks to its position, Lucca is also the perfect departing point to the stunning Apuan Alps. The area belongs to a big National Park extending till the coast side. During our tour, you can admire this majestic landscape and get to visit old suggestive villages like Barga and Isola Santa.
Visit our website to check all the tours available in Tuscany.