Tuscany summer holidays

Find beauty and relaxation during a summer holiday in Tuscany

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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Siena, Tuscany

Tuscany, known famously as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is still renowned as one of the country’s most alluring hotspots. Visitors from around the world flock to Tuscany for its tranquillity, its divine landscape, and its friendly locals. If you’re a fan of wild nature, you’ll see plenty of it by the Ligurian Sea, with its rolling green hills and flourishing farms. If you’re an art and history lover, meanwhile, there are plenty of museums and historical sites throughout the region, all of which pay fond tribute to the Italian Renaissance and an inherent love of artwork.

Tuscany assuredly isn’t for everyone – I’m reminded of a pair of teenagers on a recent trip to the Oskar Schindler Museum, who pierced the air with a chorus of “Boo-oo-ring” – but its cultural and scenic treasures will warm the hearts of those who appreciate such glories. It could be a memorable summer...

 

Five cities to visit while in Tuscany on a summer holiday


   

Summer holidays in Florence Summer holidays in Florence

Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region and also its most populous city. Nevertheless, the summer crowds are certainly worth bearing: it’s a small price to pay to experience the incredible old-world architecture and artwork particular to the region. Pore over Boticelli canvases, admire Giotto frescoes, then stop off and enjoy an authentic Italian gelato; for a spot of exercise, pedal your legs to storied historical sites like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.

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Summer holidays in Versilia Summer holidays in Versilia

If you’re desirous of a summer holiday by the beach in Tuscany, you may well wish to book your stay in Versilia. There are beautiful beaches – well, that's a given – while during July and August, the La Versilinia Festival showcases a diverse range of entertainment amid an atmospheric pinewood setting. For your requisite fix of art and history, visit the quaint coastal town of Pietrasanta; also known, for good reason, as Little Athens. Naturally, with the Apuan Alps nearby, you might opt to go hiking instead!

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Summer holidays in Siena Summer holidays in Siena

Siena’s cathedrals, ancient government buildings and mighty stone towers loom large over a network of tight, winding streets, creating the impression that you have stepped back in time. Visit the Duomo of Siena, which was originally completed in 1263, with various additions added in later years. And for a unique shopping experience, a wander through the Piazza del Campo, where locals converge to mingle, shop and do business, is a must. You can also get to the top of Torre del Mangia, 88 metres in the sky, to experience spectacular views of the region.

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Summer holidays in Elba Summer holidays in Elba

Elba is a small Mediterranean island that has long lived in the shadow of other, more famous Italian destinations in the archipelago – I’m thinking, of course, of Sicily and Sardinia. Napoleon spent time here during his exile in 1814, and Elba retains many buildings from his era that attract keen history buffs each year. There is no shortage of pristine beaches to choose from, among them the golden sands of Cottoncello, or paradisal Le Viste, in the shade of the Emperor’s old residence, in Portoferraio.

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Summer holidays in Arezzo Summer holidays in Arezzo

Arezzo, one of Tuscany’s most well-heeled cities, has a magnetic quality for those wishing to indulge themselves in architecture, history and art. It’s no surprise that the movie “La Vita è Bella” was filmed here. Visit the historic home of the famous Italian poet, Petrarch, called Casa del Petrarca. There is an antiques fair that will appeal to folk hunting for old treasures, and plenty of museums and churches to explore too. Try one of the city’s many restaurants and sample popular local dishes like Acquacotta and Ribollita.

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Holiday Rentals in Tuscany

Spacious villa with garden, sleeps 8, close to Versilia beaches, Tuscany, Italy

Villas Dodi & Iana are wonderful retreats for any holiday rental in Tuscany. The spacious homes are newly built, modern villas situated in the picturesque town of Pietrasanta. They sit in a pretty residential area nestled at the foot of the Alpi ...

Carossa, Beautiful Villa With Pool In The Beautiful Hills Of Chianti

Beautiful, comfortable villa with private swimming pool near Morzano in the wonderful Chianti hills. Immersed in delightful countryside, the property is just a short distance from Tuscany’s most magnificent towns of Florence, Siena and San Gimigna...

L'Oliveta - Apartment With Pool 800 Metres From The Centre Of San Gimignano

Beautiful country house situated just a stone's throw away from san gimignano, an attractive medieval town with a unique collection of towers and winding lanes set in the heart of the tuscan countryside. This farmhouse enjoys spectacular views ove...

I Meli, charming villa with pool between Florence and Pisa

This fine country house with shared pool is situated in the Valdarno region, between Florence and Arezzo. Set in a beautiful farming estate, which has transformed its charming XVIIth century convent into an ultra stylish rural hideaway, it is the ...

Casa Flora, charming house with pool between Siena and Florence

Charming house with private swimming pool in a quiet, sunny location near Gambassi Terme, between Siena and Florence in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Situated along a country lane, on a gentle slope of a beautiful estate, Casa Flora offers ...

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