Tuscany Means Good Wine, Excellent Food, Hisotry and Charme

By: Paola Lo Russo

Tuscany has become, in recent years, one of the most popular destinations for a nice relaxing holiday. With its beautiful countryside, world-wide famous wine and cuisine and handicraft tradition, it has become the ultimate place to visit for the foreign traveller. It's an ideal destination for those who want to tour around since it offers the possibility of sightseeing in the main cities and relax in the countryside. If you have more time to spend in Tuscany, you could also travel to some of the nicest beaches of the Italian sea located just off the Tuscany coast. Tuscany is also easy to reach since the main low cost airline do operate flights in the main airports: Florence and Pisa.

The main visited city is Florence, rich of culture and beauty. Florence is such a piece of artwork that it's not even necessary to enter a museum, your senses will be satisfied by just walking around. The city centre is petite, therefore, if you are lodging within the area, you will be able to enjoy walking around. Florence is very popular among tourists so try to avoid summer if you don't want to spend your time queuing outside museums and churches. If you travel in low season, you will also find the best accommodations at the lowest prices. October, for example, is a good time to visit Florence: still pleasant weather and not too crowded. Bed and breakfast as well as guest houses will be the best option to live the city fully. Family owned places, located in quiet streets are a good way to get the best tips on where to go eat and shop.

The Tuscan countryside is really worth visiting, places such as the Chianti region, Siena, Cortona and S. Gimignano just to mention a few, are a necessary stop to really feel the atmosphere of a magic place. There are a few luxury resorts that would really leave a sign but if you are a traveller on a budget these places are accessible to you as well. More modest accommodations, B&Bs or apartments do give the possibility to all travellers to visit these magnificent places.

As I mentioned before, if you have a bit more time to spend in the area, some of the islands off the Tuscan coast will definitely be worth visiting. Elba island is the biggest one of all, the Giglio island is quite small. You should rent a rubber dinghy or join to one of those guided full-day tours to really appreciate those beaches and the part of the coast which is not reachable by foot.

Tuscany is a region that can satisfy the widest range of travellers from the youngest who are in search of crowded city life and budget accommodations, to the more mature traveller who appreciates the peace and quite of the rural countryside and that has a bit more money to spend towards a more comfortable and charming hotel or country house.

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