Tuscany is a region in Central Italy. Its capital is Firenze, which you may know as Florence. With a population of over 3.8 million people, it is by no means a small region.
Tuscany is known for many things, its landscape, architecture, history and traditions, but mostly as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence in particular is a hub for all things Renaissance, with some calling it “the Art Palace of Italy”, such is the density of Renaissance art and architecture held in the city. It also has some of the most famous architecture in the world, a lot of which is Renaissance era. Buildings such as The Leaning Tower of Pisa really require no introduction.
So, now you’re considering your visit, what about flights, accommodation etc? The best advice you can follow is to do a little research. Sure, you can book through a travel agent, but more often than not, what you get is a package holiday, designed to cater a little to everybody, all in one. This is far from ideal, if you want to head off with a specific purpose in mind.
There is likely no better way to get a taste for Tuscan life, than by renting your own villa for the duration of your stay – see properties here. With your very own villa, you can come and go as you see fit, all the while enjoying the peace and serenity if the surrounding countryside. Have meals at a time that suits you, not within a time frame, as you are forced to do when staying in a hotel.
When it comes to food, you simply have to try Tuscan wine, the most famous worldwide being chianti, which comes from Chiana Valley. Florentine steaks are another “must try” – they are made from a breed known as Chianina, bred specifically in the region.
Those are some of the ideas that you may wish to adopt, when making your trip to Italy. If you decide that Tuscany has to be seen while you are there, this article will give you a good grasp on what to expect when you get there.