Thoughts on holidaying in Tuscany
Tuscany is one of Italy's twenty regions, located north of Rome in the central and western part of Italy. The region lies next to the Apennine Mountains, the Apuan Alps and borders the Tyrrhenian Sea. The scenery of Tuscany is stunning with the dramatic natural landscape combined with the beautiful art and culture of its major cities. Tuscany has a rich and varied history, from the Etruscans to the Romans to the powerful Medici family through to modern times, and the culture and art styles of Tuscany reflect the history of the region.
Tuscany remains to be a popular tourist destination as there is something to entertain every tourist, whether an art enthusiast who enjoys browsing museums and galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, or the outdoor enthusiast who enjoys walking or cycling in the mountains. Many visitors love dining out, experiencing fantastic Tuscan cuisine, and enjoying the world famous wine that is produced in the region.
Accommodation in Tuscany is tailored to the individual's preference. It is possible to stay in a hotel, guesthouse, youth hostel, farmhouse agriturismo or B&B. Alternatively you could rent a self-catering apartment in one of Tuscany's cities such as Siena, San Gimignano or Pienza, or go further a field and rent an old farmhouse in Tuscany's fantastic countryside.
The Tuscan climate is generally warm, with hot summers and mild winters, although the temperature can drop very low at night. There are minor variations within Tuscany; the hills are generally cooler and have more rain than the coast. The busiest times to visit Tuscany are July to August, but the general tourist season runs from April to September.
Getting to and around Tuscany offers many options for tourists. Many travellers fly into the region arriving at the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa or the Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence. It is also possible to fly into one of the larger airports in Milan or Rome and travel by train or drive to Tuscany. The train system is connected to the rest of Europe so it is easy to catch a train into Italy, and Tuscany. Car hire is easily available at all of the airports and the road network in Tuscany consists of regional, provincial and state routes and the roads are generally in good condition. It is worth remembering that the driving culture in Italy could be different, as drivers can have an aggressive temperament to driving, and enjoy driving quickly. Motorists in Italy drive on the right hand side of the road.
It would be interesting, if you have the time and budget, to holiday first in one European country such as France, and drive or catch the train to Tuscany, and experience the stunning scenery and different cultures on the way. For example, you could look for car rental at Nice airport, and travel to Tuscany or other European destinations, as well as exploring France.