Tuscany Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Tuscany
One of Italy’s most popular regions, Tuscany is in many ways quintessential Italy: rolling hills, medieval towns and all the excellent food you’d expect of Italy. Start here with my basic Tuscany travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Tuscany travel blogs.
When to Visit
If you want to stay away from the bulk of the crowds, avoid visiting Tuscany between June and September. Instead come just before or just after when the weather is still pleasant but it’s much less busy. If you visit in winter, come prepared for low but not extreme temperatures, and probably for rain. Otherwise, a visit to Tuscany at almost any time of year is a great idea, as it’s beautiful all year round!
Top Towns to Visit
Pisa – More than just the Leaning Tower, Pisa is a great place for history, art and culture buffs. Plus there are some surprisingly hipster hangouts and cool street art.
Florence – Definitely the top thing to do in Florence is to see the world’s most beautiful man, David! Besides that, there’s a bunch of great stuff to see and do in Florence including many history and art museums.
Volterra – For a typical hilltop town experience in Tuscany, visit Volterra. The town square with its sandstone-colored walls, the narrow alleyways and red roofs…Volterra is just what I was looking for in a Tuscan town. It’s also located semi-conveniently about an hour’s drive from bigger Tuscan cities such as Pisa or Florence.
Although it’s one of Italy’s smaller regions, taking a tour around Tuscany will save you time and get you in to some parts you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one. Take a look at this selection of Tuscany tours.
LGBT – Gay Tuscany Travel Guide
Tuscany had a reputation of being very liberal in the Renaissance, and despite Italy’s conservatism, this has carried over somewhat into modern times. These are a few of the best destinations you should know about visiting gay Tuscany.
Florence – As the biggest city in Tuscany, Florence has the widest options for gay life, especially nightlife. Fabrik is a cool club to check out, as well as Crisco Club and Tabasco Bar.
Viareggio – This seaside town not far from Pisa has a reputation as a gay holiday spot, all year round. There are nude beaches, a few seaside bars and plenty of hunky Italian men around!
Torre del Lago – Another gay mecca, just a short way down the coast from Viareggio between the sea and a lake. Definitely check out Mamamia, the town’s most popular gay bar and club that’s been going strong for more than a decade.
More gay travel resources here.
Tuscany Hotel Deals
Throughout Tuscany there are plenty of cool and quirky hotels, more rustic and rural options as well as all the big chains you’d expect. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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