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Gorgeous countryside, rustic villages and rugged coastline
Italy's sublime countryside is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday far away from the crowds, yet within easy reach of two of Italy's most popular cities – Florence and Pisa. In Tuscany, hilltop towns overlook emerald hills, cloaked in the vines or olive groves from which the region's famous tipples and oils are produced.
To the west of these enchanting landscapes is the Tuscan Riviera which is home to the popular beach resort of Viareggio.
Hire a car to enjoy the freedom of exploring your favourite destinations at your own pace and including your chosen highlights and experiences of this enchanting region.
Best time to visit Tuscany
From May to October when days are brighter and sunny. However for touring and sightseeing, the quieter periods of the year are best. From November to March, beaches and outdoor swimming pools are closed and not all hotels are open.
Tuscany holiday highlights
Rural Tuscany is home to picture-perfect landscapes of rolling hills, a patchwork of fields and vineyards sprinkled with crimson poppies, and medieval hilltop towns that evoke a bygone era. This is a region of art, architecture, wine and breathtaking countryside. Drive past cypress trees and olive groves as you discover tiny churches, monasteries and small villages, and stop to sample some of the region’s finest wines and traditional cuisine.
The beautiful Tuscan Riviera is dotted with colourful fishing village, shuttered houses and grand hotels offering plenty of facilities and wonderful sea views. The seaside town of Viareggio has long beaches and pine forests, and is within easy reach of Pisa and beautiful medieval city of Lucca.
Food & Drink
Tuscan chefs have been creating delectable cuisine in the kitchens of royalty and dignitaries all over the world for centuries. The success behind the region’s mouth-watering dishes are the simple yet strong flavours, created using fresh and local ingredients such as wine and olive oil. Traditional dishes include prosciutto, fettunta (a form of bruschetta), mushroom or wild asparagus risotto and a mixed grill of meats, which are best accompanied by a glass of wine which has been produced in the vineyards that cover the sprawling Tuscan landscapes. Book a wine-tasting tour to discover some of the region’s most renowned wines and learn how to pair them with your favourite Italian dishes. A private cooking lesson with a local chef is the perfect opportunity to discover the secret to creating authentic Tuscan recipes.
A journey through Tuscany, taking in the towns of Figline Valdarno, Chianti and San Gimignano is the perfect opportunity to experience the tastes of Tuscany. Enjoy amazing cuisine, created using locally sourced produce, at one of Figline Valdarno’s charming cafés and restaurants. In Chianti you can enjoy the town’s famous red wines and visit rolling vineyards in the surrounding countryside. Wine-lovers should visit the region over the last weekend of May during the festival of Cantine Aperte for the chance to enjoy free wine tastings as the majority of the vineyards open their doors to the public. Continue your vineyard visits in the medieval walled town of San Gimignano where you can also discover the region’s UNESCO-listed historic centre, iconic towers and impressive museum.
If you love exploring a destination by yourself then Tuscany is the perfect place for a fly-drive holiday. It’s so easy to get around by car and the country roads are quiet and easy to navigate. Explore at leisure, finding off-the-beaten-track towns and villages, visiting sprawling vineyards and exploring the wonderful historic cities. Speak to your Personal Travel Expert to find out about our car hire options.
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