14 August 2017, 12:17 PM
Let the warmth of the Tuscan sun enrich your soul and nurture your mind! Drive through Tuscany and admire the rows of olive trees and vineyards surrounding this heavenly Italian countryside.
Tuscany is perfect for driving.
Long sweeping roads around hillside towns are easily accessible and the leisurely pace of driving in Tuscany sets the pace for a very relaxing holiday. Public street parking makes it easy to stop in different towns and enjoy a stroll or coffee and lunch along the cobbled streets.
The local produce is fresh and delicious!
Salami, pastrami, olive oil and fresh tomatoes and cheese are a perfect way to indulge in the local produce. The aromatic smells of Tuscan tomatoes are world renowned.
Explore Italy’s famous Wine Country!
After touring Tuscany, drive up to the Chianti villages for glorious views and family-owned trattorias. Devour freshly made pasta with a glass of Chianti while watching the sun slowly descend across the golden Tuscan hills - there is simply no better way experience Tuscany! The vistas from the many small towns overlooking the sweeping golden hills have been a timeless horizon stretching back to the Roman Empire.
Day trips to San Gimignano and Siena are musts.
Popular Tuscan towns include San Gimignano and Siena. Siena is famous for its Piazza del Campo where the Palio di Siena is hosted, a horse race where traditionally dressed riders compete. If you are lucky enough to be chosen to stand in the middle of the Piazza during the race, it will be a life experience you’ll never forget.
Siena is a very walkable town, complete with restaurants that adjoin the Piazza. The retail shopping is excellent and many shops sell local pottery where traditional Tuscan colored painted mugs, bowls and vases are sold. The yellow, oranges, blue and green baked pottery makes for wonderful gifts and souvenirs.
The Tuscany region includes Florence with famous architecture and artists works including Michelangelo's David sculpture. Florence is the gateway to Northern italy. Two hours from Florence are the five cliff top towns of Cinque Terre, each beautiful with expansive views over the Ligurian Sea.
There is boundless opportunities for exploring Tuscany. Save time and read our travel editor's recommended travel guide to the Tuscany for more tips and ideas.