When I think of Italy, my mind is inundated by pictures of delicious foods, trattorias, incredible landscapes and gorgeous people. Tuscany is no exception to that. Located in central Italy, this location is known for its exquisite Renaissance art and architecture. If you have never visited the beautiful scenic Tuscany before, this article will convince you why you need to tour Tuscany at least once in your life.
Why Choose Tuscany?
The outstanding history of Tuscany is certainly noteworthy. The region is known as a cultural oasis, where there is ample emphasis on architecture, art, museums and historic monuments. The artistic heritage is meant to awe visitors, and the best way to experience this cultural awakening is by either using public transportation or hiring a private tour. This will give you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the scenery.
A tour of Tuscany will take you to landmarks such as the Tower of Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli, or Torre Del Mangia, where you can find a mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and a beautiful combination of white marble and green pallets.
Speaking of the landscapes, anyone who’s ever toured Tuscany can confidently agree that the scenery impresses through the vibrant green colors, expansive fields of yellow sunflowers and expressive country lanes. The region is famous for bringing tranquillity and clarity, a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the true Italian lifestyle.
Especially if you’re skilled in photography, you may wish to dedicate at least a couple of weeks to fully explore Tuscany, as this region can easily become a photographer’s or painter’s Mona Lisa. That is hardly surprise, considering that every picture you see of Tuscany is either representing a miraculous landscape or some beautifully carved piece of architecture.
For those who have seen ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, I probably won’t surprise you by saying that Italian food is absolutely superb. Tuscany is well known for its high-quality olive oil, thus eating specific dishes such as spaghetti aglio e olio peperoncino – spaghetti with olive oil and peppers- will feel like reaching taste bud Heaven. What really impresses is the freshness of the food and of the spices used, a fact which is forgotten in most parts of the world.
Tuscans are proud of their food, and have a different way of showing appreciation. Not overcomplicating dishes with unnecessary garnishes, Tuscans stick to herbs and pure virgin olive oil.
Blue sea landscape
In addition to the dynamic green, Tuscany is a perfect destination if you love sky-colored water and white sandy beaches. Although some places may tend to be overcrowded, beaches present themselves as clean and vastly spacious, thus you can still have your privacy. However, if you enjoy being alone on a beach, another advantage of hiring a private tour or renting a car is that you may be able to discover some hidden gems, such as lagoons like Argentario.
Best wine tours
Another thing Italians are famous for is their elegant wines. If you are a passionate of wines, a Tuscany wine tours is a must for you. Tuscany is known for having the perfect climate conditions to produce high quality wines. There are numerous places such as vineyards where you can do tastings, all whilst enjoying the incredible view and its colours. So while you’re out exploring, seek these secluded vineyards, and enjoy world-class wine like never before. Some examples of wines which you should definitely try while touring Tuscany are Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, or Brunello di Montalcino.
If you love experiencing the true culture of a country or region, there are historic villas or hotels which allow for an authentic Tuscan experience. If you’re looking for an accommodation which is a bit more budget-friendly, there are several options out there. You may even find a tight-knit family who will feed you olives and biscotti at different times of the day!
Art and design
As mentioned earlier, Tuscany is renowned as being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. When it comes to art and culture, Tuscany will delight you in every sense of the word. It seems that the two are interdependent, and famous Tuscan paintings are proudly displayed in cities such as Pisa, Siena or Florence.
Michelangelo, who was born in Tuscany, once argued that his brilliance and talent were the result of the ‘lightness’ of the air he was breathing in Tuscany. Although this may seem like a bit of a stretch, I’m not entirely surprised that a brilliant artist was born in a place which is surrounding by beauty and originality.
There is no denying that Tuscany is a traveller’s dream. Because the mild weather allows you to visit the region all year round, there is no excuse for which you should not plan your tour of Tuscany.