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

In beautiful villa in the countryside of the Maremma

Beautiful IX century villa of 200 square metres ,completely restored consisting of a sittingroom with a fireplace, diningroom, bathroom, kitchen with an ancient wood oven and a veranda on the ground floor; two large double bedrooms, a single bedro...

Romantic And Prestigious Suite Over Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Romantic and prestigious suite Tuscan style, in the most beautiful hill overlooking the historical center of Florence, in the famous and exclusive Borgo of Pian de 'Giullari. The suite of 30sqm with private bathroom and kitchen is the annex of a ...

Villa il Forte Villa for rent with 12 sleeps with swimming pool in Italy

The Villa il Forte is the result of the transformation of an ancient lookout tower that dominates over the surrounding countryside. The ancient charm of the building has been preserved in its stone-built walls, Holm-oak wooden ceiling beams and te...

SUPERB INDIPENDENT VILLA NEARBY FLORENCE PISA WIFI SWIMMING POOL IN SURROUNDINGS

Villa La Palma ( see the personal site www.villalapalma.eu) offers the opportunity to enjoy a holiday full of art, culture and the rest in the Tuscan countryside. THE HOUSE IS FULLY INDIPENDENT You will have at your disposal more than 300 square...

Apartment Cerre 02

This apartment is near Piazza del Duomo, so it is located in the heart of the city close to the main attractions. This apartment is located on the 2nd floor without lift. It is composed by an entrance, living room, kitchen, a double bedroom wit...

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