Tuscany

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72° - October
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54° - December
Dec avg
$115
Avg Hotel
$2
Est. Airfare

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You may have heard it before, but never has it been truer than it is about Tuscany. The food alone is worth the trip. Tuscany is actually a region on Italy's west coast that includes Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato, and Siena. Because Tuscany includes so many different cities, vacations here offer a huge variety. From art capitals of the world like Florence and Siena to tourist hotspots like Pisa to small towns full of Italian charm, you're sure to find something to suit your tastes. Whatever you choose to do while you're there, a visit to Tuscany can send you home as a different?YOU! Take a cooking class, or go on a wine tasting tour of the world's best wines, or perhaps simply bike along the olive groves, tour world-famous artwork and architecture. You'll go home with so much newly acquired class, you won't be able to contain it when you go back home and have to interact with normal folk again.
Photo Credit: Andreas Krappweis
Photo Credit: De Agostini Picture Library Badia a Passignano
Photo Credit: De Agostini Picture Library Val d'Orcia in Siena
Photo Credit: De Agostini Picture Library Leaning Tower of Pisa
Photo Credit: De Agostini Picture Library Carrara
Photo Credit: De Agostini Picture Library Elba Island
Photo Credit: De Agostini Picture Library Campese
Photo Credit: De Agostini Picture Library Siena
  • Villas of Distinction

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    Love At First Sight

    09/30/13
    Romantic, beautiful, historic and delicious, this central region of Italy will steal your heart and stay with you a lifetime. From winding vineyard roads to ancient walled cities and gelato so good, your taste buds will never be the same. Tuscany will show you what true travel love is all about.

    Highlights:

    • Lovely little Lucca. The perfect day trip includes a trip up the tower for panoramic views of town and a bike ride around the historic wall, which encloses the ancient city.
    • Known around the world for its leaning tower, I must say, Pisa delivered high-above my expectations in-person. The baptistry, duomo and Camposanto proved to be an added bonus. Bring a good book, bottle of vino and a blanket to kick back and enjoy the day on the grassy grounds.
    • Rent a motorbike and cruise the Chianti region, taking in unbelievable vistas of rolling vineyards while you wine and dine your day away. Be sure to find Dario Cecchini, the famous butcher, along the way. Visit his shop and take the secret door up to the restaurant above for a world-class dining experience. You’ll be glad you did.
    • Start your day in Siena with an espresso and café treat from Nannini before wandering the streets. After a grand circuit hitting the duomo and baptistry, grab dinner (go for the trip cone!) at the best gelateria in town, Brivido, and park yourself on the seashell-shaped Piazza del Campo.
    • Albereto, a B&B located in the off-the-beaten-path town of Figline Valdarno, has a five-star setting, high atop a hill overlooking the Tuscan landscape on immaculate grounds. Enjoy a pool, easy access to the train for day trips, and well-kept private cottages for rent. Barbara, the lovely owner, welcomes you with a four-course, home cooked Italian feast that is too exquisitely delicious to describe with words. She offers a cooking class to share her secrets. Check out www.albereto.de for more information.

    Some of you might have imaginary sticker shock after reading these suggestions, but I did all of this and more during a 4-week trip to Italy under $1,000 USD. Aside from years of accumulated travel intelligence, one of my best resources was www.helpx.net.

    Happy jaunting!

    Mandy Moran, CWE Candidate 2013
    Mandy

    Bellissimo Tuscany!

    09/29/13
    Such diversification in an Italian vacation can be found when landing in Tuscany. From the world famous art and architecture to the beautiful rolling hills of olive and grape vines. Small cobblestone villages unite by a rich selection of prepped meals and fresh foods. Tucsany is the western backbone of Italy. Cities include, but are not limited to Florence, Lucca, Siena, Pisa, Pistoia, and Massa-Carrara. These cities capture the delights of the renaissance surrounded by picturesque beautiful landscapes in between the towns. Tucsan food is so rich that you can feed a family with just the scents and aromas being sautéed in the kitchens of bakers and family cooks alike. Be sure to invest at least a week and don’t be afraid to wonder off the beaten paths; for it is there that you will find something unique. Venture across the winding side roads and little towns, rent a horse carriage to enjoy the sights and sounds of small town life or pick up a sports car to zip around the lands. Try to leave no unturned page in the Novel called Tucsany.
    Manusharow

    Wine, Food and amazing scenary

    09/27/13
    Tuscany has a lot of charme! Best way to see it is of course by car and driving around the little villages while stopping at the wine yards for lunch or a glass of wine. I would recommend to see Siena, San Gimignano and of course Florence.
    I found people to be very friendly and relaxed and the food is of course amazing and so is the wine!
    Fiona

    A must visit

    09/26/13
    From Florence to Siena to PIsa to San Gimignano it is all breathtakingly beautiful...simply driving along Tuscany and absorbing the landscape or enjoying a stroll in one of these towns is an experience I will never forget. A must visit!
    Ana

    From Small Towns to the BIg Cities - Tuscany is Breathtaking!

    09/23/13
    I love Tuscany and have often wanted to just sell everything and move there! Tuscany offers great culture and sights in Florence, Pisa and Sienna; incredible food and wine; and cool towns like San Gimignano, Montereggioni and Volterra.

    One of my favorite places to stay is in the countryside at The Relais Riserva di Fizzano. It's in a medieval "borgo" (hamlet), owned by the Rocca delle Macie winery, which rises up on a hilltop. And the restaurant, which is a venture with the Olive Garden - yes the Olive Garden - is incredible. It's nothing like the Olive Garden here in the US. I had the Wild Boar Ragu with Pappardelle almost every night!

    San Gimignano: Known as the Town of Fine Towers. One of my favorite restaurants is Trattoria Chiribiri.

    Montereggioni: A cool walled city that sits up on a hill.

    Volterra: Known for their Alabaster (a rock) carvings/sculptures.
    Steve

    Tuscany my love!!!

    09/21/13
    I live in Livorno, a town in the tuscany coast.
    I love travelling all around my region, there are so many places to visit, for me it's the most beautiful region in Itlay.
    The little medieval villages, the important towns like Florence, Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, are amazing.
    The landscapes are wonderfull. The mountain, the countryside, the hills and the coast are incredible.
    The food, the wine and the olive oil are really really good.
    Antonella

    Tours of Tuscany

    Choose from different tours to be guided through the beauty of Tuscany or create your own tour! The tours will take you to historical and cultural sites not to be missed. Take a day tour or make it two weeks.
    Cost: Varies
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    Siena Duomo

    A Cathedral built between 1215 and 1263 with incredible history inside and out. This is a must see wonder of Tuscany.
    Cost: From 3 euros
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    Grotto Del Vento (Wind Cave)

    Take a tour through this incredible cave. See a view of lakes and caverns and pick an tour that works for your vacation!
    Cost: About 10 euro
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    Language

    Italian

    Currency

    [EUR] Euro

    Airports

    Gal Galilei Airport [PSA]
    Peretola Airport [FLR]