With rolling green hills, fields of vineyards, orchards and trees, as well as elegant cities featuring the architectural hallmarks of the Renaissance, Tuscany holidays are the epitome of culture and refinement. Good food, fine wine, fascinating history, sublime art, unique culture, gorgeous landscape, and dazzling coastlines make Tuscany the perfect destination for your holidays in Italy. It's impossible to find such an alluring combination anywhere else in Europe, or even the world! This isn't one of the most visited regions in Italy for nothing. To top it all off, the sun is always shining and the beach is little more than an hour away, no matter where you find yourself.
There are three general types of Tuscany holidays to choose from: a cultural city break, a food and wine feast in the countryside, or a beachside retreat. Once you arrive, however, you'll never want to leave, so you might find best to do a little of everything!
The crowning glory of Tuscany is the fabulous city of Florence, closely followed by the city famous for its leaning tower, Pisa. The coastal town of Viareggio is where to go to enjoy the sun and sea, while the best view of the rolling countryside can be discovered from hillside destinations like San Gimignano or Arezzo.
Most popular hotels in Tuscany
Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
Brunelleschi Hotel Firenze
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Michelangelo & Spa
The Art Inn Florence
Grand Hotel Cavour
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Italian
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 35m
When to go
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One of the best things to do in Tuscany is to take a trip to a vineyard for a wine tasting session. These often come with the opportunity to try some divine local food; you'll never have tasted pizza, pasta, or Mediterranean cuisine quite as good as this before. Combined with a drive through the idyllic Tuscan countryside, this will make a day – or week – of memories that will last long in the memory.
The major cities and towns offer delights for all too. Florence should be a stop off on every itinerary, if only to see the imposing Duomo and the sublime statue of David. The leaning tower of Pisa is also something that has to be seen to be believed, and the beautiful city of Lucca will offer the incredibly picturesque scenario of a historical city enclosed by Renaissance-era city walls designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in person!
Wine and Dine
Visitors to Tuscany already have high expectations—the region has been praised for centuries as a haven for art, wine and culture, and it does not disappoint. Wherever you find yourself, you’ll be sure to have a wide choice of dining options, from Michelin starred restaurants to classic Italian dining spots to rustic trattorie. Tuscany’s capacity to cater to the needs of each and every one of his visitors is well-documented.
The region still has that casual Italian lifestyle feel too: elderly men relax in the town square, and families come together to enjoy an evening of hearty pasta dishes under stunning sunsets!
Enjoy the beauty of Tuscan landscapes with your family. Go on trips in the neighbouring area to visit the historical city centre of some hidden little borgos, and drive across the coast to enjoy fresh seafood and swim in the sea!
Are you travelling with young kids? Then you might consider timing your stay with the annual Lucca Comics and Games festival which takes place in Lucca around October/November. There will hardly be anything as exciting for a young traveller as experiencing the natural charm of a city as gorgeous as Lucca enhanced to fairy-tale proportions by the presence of comic and movie characters roaming the streets—all enclosed within the ancient city walls!
Florence will also offer a plethora of with kid-friendly activities, as museums have created programs and activities tailored to visitors of every age. Inside Palazzo Vecchio, for example, you’ll be offered a Family Kit that includes hats and crowns, photo albums, and binoculars; and anyone over 8 years old can participate in the Fresco Painting workshop, where a teacher will guide you through the process of creating your own small frescoes which you can take home at the end of the tour!
And what could be more fun than a family trip to the leaning tower of Pisa for the customary photo pushing the tower over?
Action and Adventure
Visit Parco Avventura Selva del Buffardello, an adventure park set in the forest, to enjoy nature and go trekking, cycling, or even try zipwires! The park includes swinging beams, suspension bridges, nets, ropes, and obstacles, providing adventure and fun for every age. The nearby Lake Vagli is also fantastic for kayaking surrounded by incredible birdlife, while Garfagnana Valley, located north of Lucca, is the perfect paradise for trekkers.
For a fuller adventure into Tuscany’s natural heritage, consider reaching Rimigliano Beach from where you can head off to the nearby Natural Park and have the chance to join one of the itineraries, walks, and treks through Tuscany's nature!
Life's a Beach
Too many visitors get caught up in a flurry of tourist stops and must-see destinations and forget that Tuscany is also perfect for a seaside getaway. The coast is lined with little towns and villages that make the noisy cities seem a world away and offer an ideal spot to unwind. Reach Viareggio, with its miles of sandy coastline, to soak up the sun and unwind on the beach; or head off to Forte Dei Marmi for one of the most famous beaches in Italy!
Depending on which city you’re located in, you’ll find a diverse and exciting nightlife.
With its crowd of students, travellers, locals, and tourists, Florence will let you enjoy all-night dancing and excitement, while cities like Lucca will take you in a whirlwind of festivals and excitement, the most popular being Lucca Summer Festival, renowned for its incredible line-ups of rock legends and music icons. Some of the guests who played here during the last two decades include David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Robbie Williams, John Legend, The Prodigy, Norah Jones, Arcade Fire, Elton John, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Amy Winehouse, Ben Harper, and Jamiroquai to name only a few! The regular Puccini festival in August to the Medieval Festivals in September, all of which bring the past back to life in the quaint streets of the city!
Whatever city you’ll find yourself in, you’ll be sure to find venues offering drinks, cocktails, dinner, and finger food, along with DJ sets, live performers, and house music to keep you dancing well into the night!
Tuscany is one of the most romantic regions in Italy, with its rolling hills, historical borgos, and ever-present architecture and art—so you can’t go wrong with a romantic gateway in this area!
Stroll along the streets and take in the beautiful atmosphere of Tuscany’s little towns, or immerse yourself in nature to enjoy some incredible landscapes and maybe some relaxing picnics! Head off to Viareggio, which offers beautiful beaches where you and your partner can relax and unwind; or, if you’re looking for something truly out of the ordinary, consider reaching the Lake Vagli, home to incredible landscapes and of the stunning blue herons!
Don’t skip taking a trip through the Chianti region, where a landscape of olive groves and vineyards will provide plenty of opportunities to admire the Tuscan countryside, paired with some delicious wine-tasting.
As the centre of the Renaissance, Tuscany has a long and distinguished history, something which is still very much present in the modern cities today. Huge cathedrals and medieval palaces dominate the skyline of every town and city, and there are unmissable museums and galleries in most of them too.
Florence is definitely the gem of this area, being the birthplace of Dante, Michelangelo, Donatello, Giotto, Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli, and Leonardo Da Vinci among others. At the Uffizi you’ll find works by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Parmigianino, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt; while at Santa Croce you can admire works by Canova, Cimabue, Settignano, and Vasari. Pitti Palace is the place to go to admire works by Raphael, Titian, Correggio and Peter Paul Rubens,
No trip to Tuscany would be complete without visiting Pisa for the astounding sight of the Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Cavalieri; and you won’t want to miss Assisi for its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets, and the chance to visit Basilica di San Francesco, which contains the relics of Francis.
Should you head off to Lucca, you’ll find not only countless historic sites with an astounding mix of terracotta roofs, Roman ruins, and Renaissance architecture, but also a list the plethora of cultural events, such as the Lucca Summer Festival, the Puccini festival, the Medieval Festival—an unmissable location for any culture and history enthusiast.