Cheap Tuscany holidays

Rediscover Italy's Renaissance

Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

VolterraAt the heartland of Renaissance Italy, Tuscany’s allure lies, perhaps, in its wealth of delightful contrasts. Between the dazzling city of Florence, the smaller cities of Pisa and Siena, and the surrounding idyllic villages, framed by sun-kissed hilltops, there is truly something here for everyone. Holidaymakers familiar with Florence’s art and cultural history are invited to explore the smaller, exquisite towns and villages, comb the scores of unspoilt beaches, and tour the renowned vineyards. For travellers on a budget, some of Europe’s most eminent museums and galleries offer cheap or free admission. And as a more affordable alternative to dining out, the region’s Italianate gardens provide serene settings to enjoy picnics - and the perfect opportunity to enjoy Tuscany’s brilliant sunshine.

Whether travellers on a shoestring budget choose to stay in a Florentine apartment, or a HomeAway villa nestled in the Tuscan hills, they will find the serene atmosphere and authentic Italian ambience they crave. Recognised as a region that has inspired some of Italy’s most celebrated painters and writers, holidaymakers continue to be enchanted by Florentine culture. An afternoon itinerary exploring Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, or visiting Pitti Palace and the Piazza del Duomo is sure to please. Or discover lesser known attractions in Pisa, such as the Piazza dei Cavalieri, or the Battistero, the city’s Baptistry, as alternatives to the vertically challenged Leaning Tower.


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Cheap Tuscany holidays in Florence Cheap Tuscany holidays in Florence

Travelling on a budget doesn’t have to affect your Florence itinerary. Purchasing a Firenze card grants you access to numerous significant Florentine buildings, including the Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria d’arte moderna, and the Museo Galileo. However, the city’s vibrant squares also provide tourists an opportunity to experience Florence’s dynamic religious and cultural history. In fact, the stunning contrast between the ornate Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and Art Nouveau and Neoclassic buildings, confirms Florence’s status as one of the world’s most visually astounding outdoor galleries! Holidaymakers can easily explore the city on foot, as well: the river Arno is replete with idyllic spots to relax in the hot afternoons. The Piazzale Michelangelo is a fantastic route for keen walkers, offering panoramic views of the city. Florence showcases some of the finest markets in the region and holidaymakers can sample some of the local delicacies at a number of the cheaper food stalls.

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Cheap Tuscany holidays in Pisa Cheap Tuscany holidays in Pisa

The smaller, but striking city of Pisa is easily explored by foot or by bicycle. Circle the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Piazza dei Cavalieri squares. Browse the markets and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Steal a photo opportunity next to the Leaning Tower, or discover a picnic spot in the tranquil regional park. Choose a bicycle route or walking path and experience the area's natural beauty, coiling around the lush greenery of San Rossore. And end your day watching the sun set at the Giardino Scotto, a beautiful garden with an almost quintessentially romantic setting.   

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Cheap Tuscany holidays in Siena Cheap Tuscany holidays in Siena

The medieval city of Siena lies 70 kilometres south of Florence. The charming medieval city is rich with historical relics and florid Italiante gardens. The Piazza del Campo in the centre of the city is a platform for the annual Palio di Siena, serving as a racetrack for the much awaited horserace in July and August. In the warm summer afternoons, the square is a hub for locals and travellers seeking shade under café umbrellas. Sample iconic Italian cappuccino before climbing the hills framing the city for majestic views of Siena and the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, climb the Torre del Mangia for breathtaking views of the city itself. The Archivio di Stato, home to some of Siena’s finest art, offers free admission. As you explore Siena’s landmarks, including the Santa Maria dei Servi and the Piazza del Duomo, don't miss the many ornate churches, such as the Domenico and the Cappella di Santa Caterina. Purchase a Siena pass and visit the Baptistery, the city’s Opera Museum, as well as the Oratory of Saint Bernardino.  

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Cheap Tuscany holidays in Lucca Cheap Tuscany holidays in Lucca

Lucca’s medieval walls and historical sites reflect the city’s fascinating history, and provide ample opportunity for travellers to discover the city’s Tuscan heritage. The Lucca Rampart provides an idyllic stroll around the city, with fantastic views and many peaceful picnic spots. Or do as the locals do, and hire a bicycle to explore the city. Cycle along the Le mura di Lucca discovering the city’s history, before stopping to unwind at one of the city’s beautiful cafes, such as the Caffe di Simo. The Palazzo Pfanner is a 17th century villa with stunning gardens. Travellers on a small budget don’t have to compromise their itinerary, with free admission to the San Michele basilica and cheap admission to Giardino Botanico and the Casa di Puccini.

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Cheap Tuscany holidays in Montepulciano Cheap Tuscany holidays in Montepulciano

Southern Tuscany is home to some of the region’s most picturesque hill towns. Nestled in a majestic hill range, the town of Montepulciano offers visitors unforgettable views of the area. The town is dominated by one prominent street which stretches from the Piazza Sant’ Agnese to the town’s main square, Piazza Grande, then climbs to the fortress, the iconic summit of the town. The street is an ideal route for seasoned hill walkers. Having visited the Torre di Pulcinella tower and the Colonna del Marzocco column, and the remarkable artwork in the Museo Civico, sample the town’s own Vino Nobile, a local red wine, at one of Montepulciano's chic cafes.

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