Holidaymakers looking to get away to a historic, tranquil and beautiful part of Italy will find Montescudaio is a welcome retreat. This is a scenic municipality that lies within the province of Pisa in the wine producing region of Tuscany. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments and a big campsite.
Montescudaio is a great place for hiking and horse riding as well as cycling and mountain biking with the coast only 12 kilometres away. The camping village at Montescudaio has a pleasant outdoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor 250-seat theatre. There are several excellent golf courses in Tuscany including 18-hole courses at Versilia Golf Club near Pietrasanta and Cosmopolitan golf near Pisa.
Tuscany is a famous wine producing region and visitors may like to go on a wine tasting tour in Chianti. A wine festival is held in Montescudaio every October with free wine tasting. Fishing and sailing are other activities available in and around the area with the River Cecina close by.
There are a handful of places to eat actually in Montescudaio but visitors will find a choice of restaurants, bars and cafes in the area serving good Italian food, including a pizzeria at the campsite. There are a few shops in the area and visitors will be able to buy souvenirs as well as area maps and guides. Campers will find a food market and deli from which they can purchase food and beverages.
There are a number of interesting places to visit here including historic buildings and churches such as Saint Mary’s Assumption Church, the Sighting Tower and Pucci’s Villa. Lucca is also well worth visiting with its magnificent cathedral, tiny Romanesque churches, cobbled narrow streets, towers and lovely mediaeval buildings.
Pisa is about 53 kilometres away via the A12 and is a fantastic city to visit, featuring the world famous Leaning Tower. Florence is another wonderful city and can be reached via the A11 and A12 roads and is approximately a two hour journey from Montescudaio.
During the daytime in summer the temperatures can get very hot in Tuscany. The warmest time of the year to visit Montescudaio is generally July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 30 degrees centigrade, while June and September hit a respectable 27 degrees centigrade as well. The average rainfall for one year is below 90mm with October often the wettest month.
The nearest airport to Montescudaio is Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa, which is approximately one hour away. It offers flights to and from domestic and major European destinations such as Paris, London, Madrid, Munich and Amsterdam. Ryanair has the largest number of flights and destinations.
Car hire firms such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National, Sixt and Thrifty are all represented at the airport, with desks in the Arrivals area. Europcar and Sixt also offer chauffeur-driven cars.