Italy is a fascinating place for a holiday and the region of Tuscany is particularly special. Tuscany has some of the best museums, history, food, landscapes and wine in all of Italy, making it a great destination for your holiday travel.
First the mysterious Etruscans and then the mighty Romans ruled Tuscany. From the 14th to the 16th century, art flourished here with the birth of Renaissance. The centre of art, science and philosophy during the Renaissance was Florence which was then the capital of Italy. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci who even today are revered the world over rose to prominence in Florence and bequeathed the city with a timeless and priceless legacy.
When it comes to architectural wonders, there is the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The numerous Gothic churches of Siena are also exquisite and Florence’s Duomo with its octagonal shape is one of a kind.
Driving along the countryside, you will discover some of the most enchanting landscapes. You will see rolling hills covered by a sea of sunflowers and olive groves. Tuscany has a fertile soil and some of the world’s best wines are grown in the Chianti region which is dotted with many vineyards. No visit to Chianti would be complete without going on a wine tasting tour.
Medieval towns like San Gimignano and Montepulciano were built atop hills to provide a strategic advantage against invading armies. These lovely towns have sweeping vistas of the countryside and are ideal for a day trip. You can walk along cobbled streets, visit churches and enjoy delicious lunches.
Tuscany is any meat lover’s paradise. Wild boar, duck, hare, steaks, cured meat and homemade sausages figure prominently on the menu. Truffles and pasta are other specialties. The Tuscans like to end their meals with gelato (ice cream) and grappa (brandy). It’s quite reasonable to say that you can visit Tuscany just for its cuisine!
The best time to visit Tuscany is in April, May, June, September and October. Many people like to visit during their Easter breaks and enjoy the quaint traditions celebrated in Florence and Prato.