Tuscany: Holidays

Sun, dolce vita and picturesque towns...

Backpacking

Backpacking in Tuscany

It is possible to enjoy the delights of Tuscany on a budget. Tuscany is a popular stop over for backpackers travelling Italy. You will find many hostels in Tuscany, especially in the larger cities. Hostels in Tuscany are usually situated close to all amenities, and are within walking distance to shops and sights of interest. Dormitories and private rooms are offered, and you would pay accordingly, anything from 19 Euro’s. Many hostels will offer free breakfast, which would consist of a coffee of some sort and brioches. Backpacking in Tuscany is a perfect option for travellers on a budget.

Beach

Beach in Tuscany

The Tuscan sea is a sea to fall in love with. If you are picturing long kilometres of beach, between relaxation and high society, you are imagining being immersed in the sweet life of the Versilia, framed by the Apuan mountains. Sea, beaches and pinewoods triumph with the San Rossore Natural Park. Tuscany has many different coastlines, whether you want to laze around or socialize, or explore the many coves. Maybe the inlets of the Etruscan Coast appeal more to you, or perhaps the wild vegetation and blue waters of the Tuscan archipelago. Many hotels have exclusive areas booked where you can hire a chair and umbrella for the day.

City Breaks

City Breaks in Tuscany

The regional capital of Tuscany, Florence is one of the most famous cities in Italy as the birthplace of the renaissance and is ideal for those looking for a relaxing city break. Florence preserves many of the most beautiful buildings and the greatest works of art in the world. Most of the beautiful buildings are located in a relatively small area, making Florence an ideal Tuscan city break.

Florence in spring can be extremely popular, and therefore crowded with tourists. July is extremely hot, so the best time to visit Florence City would be in the winter. Florence is home to Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, and Bargello famous museums which contain the masterpieces of Florentine art. The river Arno, a special feature of the city, has caused disastrous floods throughout its history and so there will be plenty to see on your Tuscan city break.

Country Breaks in Tuscany

Tuscany also offers the perfect country break in a natural environment. A walk through the vineyards of rows and rows of baby green vines in straight formation hillsides, surrounded by single files of dark green cypress trees and sandy roads lead to rust-colored farmhouses. The land has been sculpted by the elements and generations of inhabitants. The land is meant produce as much as possible and be as beautiful as possible. The Tuscan landscape can change significantly, within a short walk from the town of Florence to quiet country lanes, dotted with villas and vines.
 

Camping in Tuscany

Tuscany boasts a landscape of rolling vineyard-covered hills, rows of cypress trees, medieval fortified hill towns and a rugged coastline interspersed with sandy beaches. This stunning countryside makes camping extremely popular, both among tourists and locals. Nominal fees are charged per person on a daily basis and it is best to get suggestions from the Local tourist boards and provincial tourist offices in Tuscany.
Campsite Village Torre Pendente, campsite Piazzale Michelangelo, Baia del Sole, Camping Le Balze and Camping Podere Il Casale are the top rated campsites in Tuscany. These can be booked online.

Cruises

Cruises in Tuscany

Tuscany has many beautiful islands and finding the perfect Tuscan cruise is easy. Whether you are planning an extravagant cruise or just a last minute getaway, a short sailing or an extended voyage, a cruise in Tuscany will be a memorable experience. Choose a destination, and then find the best cruise for your trip. Chartering a boat in Tuscany is simple and not too costly if you shop around.

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in Tuscany

Tuscany’s landscape lends itself to the perfect cycling holiday. From amateur to professional, you will find a cycle tour for your fitness level. Cyclists in Tuscany stick together, and if you do find yourself in trouble on the side of the road, someone will stop and help you. The best months for cycling or touring Tuscany on bike are from March to June and from September to October. July and August are hot months and outdoor sports are limited to early mornings or late afternoons or mainly for mountain bike outings at night. Other months can be cold or rainy, and during winter it is best to avoid mountain passes when cycling in Tuscany. Many villages have water fountains, so take advantage and fill up your water bottle when you can.

Mountain biking in Tuscany

The nature trails in Tuscany offer a wonderful setting outdoors, with many mountain bike trails. You can chooses to join a group or go at your own pace, soaking up the beautiful Tuscan landscape as you go. Bikes are available to rent in Tuscany, often your accommodation owners will have bikes you can hire.
 

Wine Tasting Holiday

Wine Tasting Holiday in Tuscany

Tuscany is famous for its good quality wines as well as olive oil. You can sample these products at the estates before buying them. Tours are available at most of the wineries, and tours can vary from place to place or depending on your preference. A typical day tour would include being picked up, taken on a picturesque drive through the countryside to the estate, you will have a tour of the winery, and enjoy an alfresco lunch. From there you will have a chance to sample the wines, and purchase any that you like. Some wines will be offered in a local shop, to which you can be asked to be taken to. Some wineries will even offer a cooking class, so complement your wine. Expect to pay 300 Euro’s or more for your Tuscan wine tasting tour.

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in Tuscany

Tuscany is a great place for adults and children alike. With so many activities on offer, from outdoor adventures, to a cultural tour and how about teaching your children to make a genuine Italian Pizza. Tuscany offers so much for families, and when you are all worn out, you can relax on one of the many beautiful beaches around the Tuscan region. A family holiday in Tuscany will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Golf Activity Holiday in Tuscany

If you're looking to come to Tuscany on a golf holiday, Tuscany will not disappoint. Often nestled in mountains, Tuscan Golf courses are surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Good food and wine will welcome you after 18 holes of golf. The golf courses are not renowned around the world, but any golfer will appreciate the rolling hills, manicured grass set in between Cypress trees.

Honeymoon in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the top romantic destinations for weddings and honeymoons.  From Montalcino to Florence or Siena, there are numerous places in Tuscany to relax and enjoy your honeymoon.

If you have not yet planned your wedding, a wedding in Tuscany could mean getting married in a romantic Renaissance church or in a quaint Tuscan village. The possibilities of settings are endless; add to that the Mediterranean weather, historical sites, fabulous food and old traditions. Many families are becoming a big part of Italian romance as they travel to weddings of family members in Italy and stay on. Couples with kids are increasingly choosing to celebrate these unions with "familymoons", a honeymoon that includes the whole family.

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in Tuscany

Many villas, farmhouses do offer accommodation for Gay and Lesbians only, so you will never not be welcome or find suitable accommodation .Homosexuality has been legal in Italy since 1889, however open physical affection in public places is not recommended. Same sex marriage is not allowed, however there are some towns which allow a civil ceremony can be held although it has no legal standing.

Naturism

Naturism in Tuscany

Tuscany has some nude beaches around Parco dell'Uccellina, but most Tuscan towns would prefer that people keep their bottoms on. Tops however are a different story and topless tanning is allowed. Topless tanning has however lost its popularity.

Well-being and Spa in Tuscany

Thermal waters have seen the creation of wellness centers, based around the region of thermal springs. These high temperature waters are said to relax and cure many ailments. Tuscany is the most thermal region in Italy, making Thermalism the new tourist attraction. With the tranquil settings, thermal treatments in Tuscany are sought after. Regular spa’s are in abundance too, so if you are looking for a week long spa holiday in Tuscany, you can include cooking, wine tasting or cultural activity to your spa holiday or you can choose to have a day spa during your holiday in Tuscany.

Hiking Activity Holiday in Tuscany

Walking holiday's in Tuscany are extremely rewarding. Discover classic Italian landscapes and historic towns and monuments as you walk through stunning Tuscan regions. Routes vary and are suitable for the average walker as well as for the more advanced walker. You can choose between a self-guided walk from €600 per person or a guided walking tour for about €945 per person per week.

Skiing - Snow Boarding in Tuscany

Tuscan ski trips are only a short distance from major cities like Florence and Pisa. You can enjoy the majestic Tuscan slopes - a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with challenging slopes and fully equipped ski resorts. Tuscany is also the perfect for skiing on the slopes of the nearby mountains. Challenging slopes are waiting at the Tuscan ski resorts. Day trips can be arranged, including transport to and from the ski slopes, ski passes and ski rental.