Visiting Tuscany? From art to wine to nature, this region’s rich history and culture has plenty in store for the curious traveller – so much, in fact, that it can be difficult to decide where to begin your holiday. |
If you’re planning a flash trip and would like to get the lay of the land upon arrival, you’ll benefit from signing up for one of the many great Tuscany tours that are offered in the area. Here’s what to expect from an excellent one-day excursion.
Three Transcendent Towns
The best Tuscany tours begin in Florence, where you’ll be met by a private vehicle that will accompany you throughout the day. But don’t worry: you certainly won’t just be exploring the region by car. Instead, you’ll make regular and frequent stops, enabling you to see the best of Tuscany with ease. My favourite places along the way are three breathtaking towns: Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni.
Awe-Inspiring Art & History
Situated in the rolling hills of Tuscany, all three towns boast remarkable views of the region. However, they’re equally famous for their longstanding history and their wealth of cultural gems, which I hope you’ll take the time to discover. Whether Siena’s intricately decorated Duomo, San Gimignano’s imposing towers or Monteriggioni’s walled castle strike your fancy, you certainly won’t experience a dull moment on your day out – not to mention that you’re bound to learn something new.
Hoping to immortalise your holiday shenanigans in photos? You’re not alone. The finest Tuscany tours stop at the Piazzale Michelangelo, a square that overlooks the entirety of Florence. If you’re feeling particularly courageous, you could also climb up San Gimignano’s bell tower. In exchange for a demanding trek, you’ll receive postcard-perfect views of the medieval town and the surrounding countryside. You’ll definitely want to have your cameras handy!
No trip to Tuscany is complete without indulging in the region’s decadent dishes. That’s why a luscious lunch is a feature of many of the most outstanding Tuscany tours – after all, what could be better than savouring seasonal fare and traditional dishes at a local country home? From trying Prosciutto di Cinta Senese, a rare kind of ham, to tasting regional olive oils, a typical Tuscan dining experience is sure to exceed your highest expectations.
Apart from the stunning scenery and food, one of the biggest perks of a great excursion is having a knowledgeable guide, whose tantalising anecdotes are guaranteed to keep all guests engaged.
I’ve heard many intriguing stories over the years, but one of my favourites is about Assassin’s Creed, an action-fuelled video game that appeals to adults and children alike. Oddly enough, this game is wholly relevant to Tuscany tours, which never ceases to amaze tourists. If you’re itching to find out more, all you have to do is ask during your outing!
It can be challenging to navigate a region as vast and vibrant as Tuscany, which is why my colleagues at ArtViva and I are here to help. On our 9-hour Best of Tuscany Tour, which is suitable for all ages, we’ll open your eyes to the historical, cultural and gastronomic sensations of the region. Book your place in a few simple clicks today!
Rose Magers is an Australian-born Italophile and the founder of ArtViva. With an international reputation for excellence and creativity, ArtViva are at the forefront of escorted day tours in Italy. Rose has indulged her own passion for history and the arts by designing an innovative range of exceptional small group Tuscan tours, from hiking and biking through the Tuscan countryside to unforgettable villa visits.
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