Travel tips to Tuscany
Travel tips to Tuscany
- Tuscany is devided in 4 main areas:
Coast: Versilia, Costa degli Etruschi, Maremma
Countryside: Chianti, Val d’Orcia, Volterra and central Tuscany
Mountain: Garfagnana, Lunigiana, Amiata
Historical towns: Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo among the most popular
- All areas have common characteristics:
- Local traditions
- Culture and history
- Typical food productions and treats
- Amazing natural sceneries and historical boroughs
#How to choose
- When choosing your destination, you shall focus on which mix is keener on your interest among those 4 😉
Ex. If Local traditions/Culture and history are your highlights, maybe you should focus on historical towns and try to match your trip with one major traditional events, such as Palio in Siena or the Luminara in Pisa 😉
If you are looking for food productions and amazing Natural sceneries, but prefer slow pace walks, maybe you should go for Val d’Orcia, where the Brunello wine and pecorino cheese are produced, and enjoy the mind blowing views of its rolling hills.
#how to move around
- Car is preferable: Tuscany is very well connected by driving routes, although sometimes winding and narrow when getting to hilltop villages
- Train is a good choice for budget transfers in daily tours, but bear in mind that the majority of trains has only 2nd class, no booked seat and many commuters depending on time of the day
- Bus is advisable to move within a single area, i.e. Chianti or Versilia. In fact, each district has a different local bus company and schedules, preventing timely connections, which can make travelling quite complicated.
- Airports: Pisa Internatinal airport is recommend to explore the coast and central Tuscany and to get to Pisa, Lucca and Cinque Terre; Florence International airport is recommended to explore Chianti, Val d’Orcia and historical towns such as Florence, Siena and Arezzo.
The climate in Tuscany can be divided into 3 main regions:
Coast: mild weather all year long, not very rigid winter and hot Summer, Spring and Fall are warm but can be stormy sometimes with cooler days and rain.
Inner countryside: cold and humid in winter, hot and humid during the day, cooler at night in summer, Spring and Fall are warmer and tend to be rainy
Mountain: cold in winter with snow, especially above 1000, hot during the day and cool in the evening in Summer, some showers can be expected in Summer, Spring and Fall are warmer and can be stormy sometimes
So, if you hate humidity, I would rather choose the coast or mountain areas in the summer -)
#what to do
Once you have decided #wheretogo and #howtomove around then you can focus on activities and sightseeing and check on the following resources:
Travel blogs: https://www.visittuscany.com/it/
Local Tours guides
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Hope you found this useful 😉