A Travel Guide to Tuscany: Must-Visit Destinations
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
The Italian region of Tuscany – one of the protagonists of popular tourism – offers discerning travellers the experience of a lifetime. The rich countryside, romantic hilltop towns and beautiful cities captivate visitors with its artistic heritage, spectacular architecture and alluring culture. We’ve selected some of the most enthralling destinations in the region – each of which typifies the charm of Italy. Let our travel guide inspire you to visit some of Tuscany’s most mesmerising destinations and some of the region’s most inviting luxury villa rentals.
A world heritage site – home to some of the globe’s greatest treasure in the way of museums, palaces and churches – Florence is Tuscany’s capital city and it’s unmissable. Spend an afternoon taking in the sublime paintings of some of history’s most celebrated artists at the Uffizi Gallery and the Bargello museum; explore picturesque, ancient streets; and meander your way up the hill to the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte and experience the breath-taking views across the city.
Villa Fontelunga is within close proximity to Florence, just an hour away. The terracotta villa offers nine stylish bedrooms, as well as a beautiful terrace that overlooks the Tuscan hills, illuminated by the glow of lanterns.
Siena boasts an enchanting medieval cityscape and is famous for its art, architecture and cuisine. The Duomo of Siena is a must visit: a grand, Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, from the top of which visitors can appreciate views across the city. Piazza del Campo is a great place to begin your exploration of this sensational city, as it is right in the atmospheric heart of Siena. And, if you’re visiting during July or August, you may be able to catch the famous Palio Horse Race.
Villa Celine is just a short distance away – eight miles west of the city. Unique charms feature throughout the villa, which invites you to its serene gardens. Step through the rose covered arches into the tranquil surrounds of the swimming pool in this blissful outdoor space.
As well as its vibrant, bustling cities, Tuscany also comprises boundless countryside in which to relax and enjoy the characterful region. The peninsular Argentario is particularly picturesque and provides stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Villa Pierino will allow you to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Italian outdoors. Tucked between forest, vineyard and olive groves, which the Tuscan region is famous for, the villa is a majestic break from the stunning natural environment. The morning sun is best appreciated from the hillside, with views out to the beach, lagoon and yacht club. Guests are invited to spend the evenings at the barbecue terrace with Tuscan delicacies and fine wines.
It is essential to visit the city of Pisa during your time in Tuscany. Be captivated by the magnificent leaning tower for which the city is so famous. Use this iconic monument as a springboard for the rest of your exploration: discover the historic Cathedral and Baptistery, take an afternoon saunter down the Arno river and sample the Tuscan delicacy, cecina – a delicious chickpea flat bread.
Stay at Villa Il Borro and enjoy the relaxed medieval village itself before exploring Florence, Siena and Pisa during your trip. Elegantly sleeping up to 20 people, the villa looks out over charming settlements from its hilltop location. The Italian renaissance-style gardens encourage guests to further discover the 1,730-acre estate.
Lucca is one of Tuscany’s most loved cities, and, as it isn’t too large, it’s a great place to start when you want to cover lots of ground and see the sights in the north of the region. There is a whole host of literary, art and music tours available so follow your interests and soak up the irresistible charm and culture of the place. There’s also much to do in the surrounding areas. Be sure to visit the Versila and its golden beaches.
Villa Campo al Doccio is located in the heart of Tuscany and is a great location from which to explore some of its most prized cities. The 4,200-acre estate features access to a tranquil garden and spa that is perched adjacent to your private villa. The floor-to-sealing glass windows in the traditional villa present glorious views over the Tuscan countryside.
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