Welcome in Tuscany -Tuscany Tourist paths

Welcome in Tuscany

An amazing region

Dreaming of next vacation in Tuscany, Umbria, Chianti? Whether you want villas, farmhouses, chalet or apartments to rent for city tours, sea and sand, or fabulous countryside scenery or lush landscapes, then the choices are almost boundless. Just choose the area you want and select a property in Tuscany – the choice is yours.

We invite you to visit and experience in any time of the year our region: Tuscany. With its artistic heritage, culture and beautiful views…it has gone through more than 2000 years of history…from the beginning it has been lived by the Etruscans to the great roman civilization, from the Middle age to the Renaissance with the most famous artists, writers and scientists of the past, just to name a few: Galileo Galilei, Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo il Magnifico, Michelangelo, Benvenuto Cellini, Boccaccio and Dante Alighieri.
That’s why Tuscany  preserves an unique cultural, historical, artistic and literary heritage envied all over the world.
Tuscany is full of masterpieces of art, you can get lost among this huge amount of artistic wonders. Most are to be found in the region’s main art towns, like Florence, Pisa, Arezzo, and Siena, but also in the smaller medieval villages spread across the territory, as in the case of San Gimignano, Pienza, and Volterra.

There are many good reasons for choosing to visit this region.  Some people decide to spend their holidays in Tuscany to appreciate the extraordinary artistic and cultural offer, while others prefer a holiday in close contact with nature to enjoy its beautiful landscapes! And for those who love good food & wine, Tuscany is the right place to taste the simple and genuine dishes and the local wines.
toscanaOn the other hand, walkers choose the mountain paths while bikers the “Go Up and Down” hills characteristic of the Tuscan hills (just remember that the famous L’Eroica was born here in Gaiole in Chianti, close to Siena and each year it brings us back to those old days so far from nowadays life); and the lovers of the sea prefer the Tuscan coast and islands (Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Capraia). And do not forget the many foreign students coming to Tuscany to learn the Italian culture and language.
Where do we start from? Definitely we want to introduce you Florence, Siena and Pisa , the major destinations of  Tuscany, but there are other famous cities of art like  Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano, Volterra and Lucca... a simple holiday is not enough to discover all of them!
Don't forget that this region produces some of the finest wines in the world! Chianti Classico and the Brunello di Montalcino red wines are amongst the most popular names.

Tuscany is a medium sized region, which can be easily crossed in a few hours. The difficulty in moving from one place to another depends of course on the destination. In fact, it’s quite easy to move to the bigger cities, but it’s not so easy to reach the smaller villages which can be reached only by car or by local buses whose timing are often not really convenient…Do not expect public transport like subways! We are in a “slow” land, where everything goes slow and the environment is respected…so just enjoy a peaceful holiday without so much stress..  
Apart from the main roads and highways crossing Tuscany (like the A1, A11, A12), most of the roads are state or province roads, usually with only one lane for each direction. The hilly landscapes of Tuscany are very attractive to travel by car, but require a careful and not certainly rushed guidance due to the various ups and downs and all the curves of the roads. 
Let’s have a look at the different means of transportations:

Arrivin by plane in Tuscany:
In Tuscany there are 2 main airports: Pisa - Firenze.

Tuscany by train:
If you want to visit the main cities of Tuscany, train is surely a real comfortable way of travelling! Railway stations are located near the centers of towns which can be reached without worrying about car parking! Florence railway station, Santa Maria Novella, is along the HS railway Roma-Milano (passing from Bologna) and has 2  more connections: one towards  Livorno (passing by Pisa and Empoli) and another towards Viareggio, passing from Prato, Pistoia and  Lucca.
A line connects Florence to Siena passing by Empoli (where sometimes you have to change trains ),  while another one goes towards Faenza in Emilia Romagna, passing by the Mugello and the Apennines.
Along the Tuscan coast the railway goes from South to North connecting Orbetello in Maremma, Livorno, Pisa, Viareggio and Massa in Versilia. Do not forget that some Tuscan towns are situated in a hilly position and the train station is therefore located outside  - at the bottom of the hill – like for example in Cortona, Volterra or even Siena, where the train station is a bit outside the center of town (but can reached by bus in 10 minutes).

Tuscany by car
Visit  with your own car grant you the maximum flexibility! The main road of the region are quite comfortable to drive even thou often busy, mainly in high season an during Italian holidays.  In particular the traffic around Florence, on the highway between Florence and Siena is usually intense. Rent your car on line with AutoEurope

Tuscany by bike
Visit Tuscany by bicycle has become fairly a common practice! In recent year several companies have been offering tours by bicycle  - taking care of everything from delivery of the bike, to the organization of meals and accommodations along the way. A good physical condition  is required considering that a great part of Tuscany is hilly! Tell us your needs and budget! We can provide you with a personal itinerary leaving from your holiday accommodation, we will bring you bikes, helmets and a map..and let’s go! In case you prefer to be driven by an expert guide…we can also offer you this possibility!!Rent a bike and have fun! For info and reservations:  info@abvitalia.it

What to see
Tuscany is a region really full of interesting things to see: famous buildings, monuments, beautiful squares, museums, old churches, but also natural treasures and beauty.
There are so many beautiful places to visit that it can be hard to decide what to see, especially when you have just a few days.
Therefore we have decided to suggest you some places or things worth to be visited during your stay in Tuscany, trying to highlight the less known treasures – but no less fascinating. You will also find hereafter the links to our section of holiday homes in that area so that you can immediately choose your accommodation in Tuscany!! Our holiday homes in Tuscany!

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