Head to central Italy and you will find the beautiful region known as Tuscany. Head to its capital Florence and you will fall in love with some of the world’s most famous works of Renaissance art and architecture. Ever wondered where you would find Michelangelo’s David? Well, it is right here in Tuscany!
With its iconic scenery and definitive Italian landscape, Tuscany brings our ideas of endless vineyards, olive groves, hilltop villages, and farmhouses to life. Yes, it might be a stereotype, but it is irresistible to say the least. This rural land is brimming with beauty and wonder, making it impossible to see everything it has to offer in one trip, but here you will find a few ideas of how you can make the most of your time there.
The Puccini Festival In Torre Del Lago
Head to the stunning and hidden hamlet of Torre del Lago in July and August and you will discover a festival dedicated to the renowned composer, Giacomo Puccini. Everyone recommends purchasing Torre Del Lago opera tickets if you want a real taste of opera in a stunning open-air theatre, that is exposed to the stunning Italian countryside. The venue even overlooks lake Massaciuccoli — what more could you ask for?
Go Truffle Tasting
Tuscany is world famous for supplying some of the world’s most sought-after and extremely expensive fungi. Take a trip to San Miniato, an agricultural town you will find nestled between Pisa and Florence and you can sample some of the regions famous white variety. At least you can say you have tried it!
Try Not To Get Lost In The Uffizi
You will need at least half a day to get a decent look around this world-famous art gallery that you can find in Florence. Although many argue that it can not be done properly in just one visit. No matter how much time you have, a trip to see some of the most famous Italian Renaissance art is an absolute must, even if you don’t know one end of a paintbrush from another! Go on, broaden your mind.
Be A Proper Tourist In Pisa
Sometimes you have to visit the most popular places to just say you have been there. The leaning tower might be the subject of many postcards and Instagram posts, but this incredible structure — saved from collapse just in time — still has to be seen to be fully appreciated. You can also visit the stunning Romanesque Cathedral or check out Camposanto if you want to see some ancient and utterly impressive tombs.
Head To The Spa
We are not talking extortionate facials and a strictly timed dip in an overpriced pool either. Did you know that Tuscany is in fact home to some of the world’s poshest spas, but if you take a trip to Bagno Vignoni you do not have to pay a euro. It is relaxing, outdoor sulphur pools that surround this tiny village’s natural hot spring are free for everyone to use. Steeped in history and a wonder to behold, Bagno Vignoni is a must see.