Tuscany surely is one of the most famous and beautiful regions in Italy, not just for the enchanting landscape but thanks to its rich historical past.
There is so much to do and see there, that it is actually difficult to decide where to start.
Whether you are looking for fine artworks to admire, willing to spend some relaxing time among the rolling hills of the countryside or wishing to taste excellent food and wines, Tuscany is just the right place to be.
The region is well connected to the rest of Italy and Europe through the main airports Pisa “Galileo Galilei” and Florence “Amerigo Vespucci”, which operate regular national and international flights, and the minor airports of Elba Island, Grosseto, Siena, Lucca and Arezzo.
The railway line that runs from Milan to Rome passes through the most important Tuscan cities and there are also several ferry ports on the coast, such as Piombino and Livorno.
The journey must start with Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, an actual open-air museum, due to the impressive amount of masterpieces one can admire walking through its streets. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's bell tower and the octagonal 12th century Baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio are just some of the city’s landmarks.
But Florence is just one of the many cities of art of Tuscany. Start from Pisa to admire the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, then head to the lovely Lucca, enclosed within huge Renaissance walls, and to San Gimignano, without forgetting to enjoy the view of its medieval towers before getting to the city.
For a taste of the Middle Ages, take a trip to Siena, built on several hills and famous for its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo and for the Palio of Siena.
Even wine lovers will have a hard time deciding where to stop for a tasting, being Tuscany a region where many excellent wines, such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Montepulciano, are produced.
Tuscany is also the ideal place for a “green” holiday too: Garfagnana, Maremma National Park and Casentino are all great places for outdoor activities.