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Discover Tuscany's Magical Cities and Countryside

The lush and sunny Chianti area is located in the heart of the most famous region of Italy: Tuscany. Home to world renown artistic masterpieces, delicious food, fine wines and one-of-a-kind landscapes. Tuscany is a vacation destination like no other. So while Chianti is perfect for exploring one of the most famous winemaking regions in Italy, it is also ideal for setting off to explore more destinations in Tuscany that surround Chianti.

Our dedicated website contains valuable tourist information about getting around, the weather and the temps all year long, with detailed maps, suggested itineraries of what to do including shopping, biking, and visiting castles.  You will find everything you need in order to make your way to and around Tuscany by car or train, and to plan an itinerary for one day or one week.  Our DiscoverTuscany team has the local know-how to suggest exciting activities that will ensure your time in Tuscany is full of treasured memories. Our website is packed with lots of information but, if you can’t find it, post your questions on our forum and we will help!

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Wide and Diverse: A Land to Explore

Covering almost 8,900 square miles and over 3000 years of history, art and tradition, Tuscany will surprise and delight you in every sense of the word. The immense territory stretches from the sandy beaches of Versilia to the rolling hills of the Maremma. Tuscany includes the Apennine Mountains reaching from the Mugello valley to the north of Florence down to Arezzo and the furthest inland corners of southern Tuscany to the Tyrrhenian sea and Elba Island. The borders touch Liguria and Cinque Terre on the north and Lazio and Rome near the vineyards of Vino Nobile and Brunello to the south. Given the diversity of Tuscany, there are many places within Tuscany that would make an ideal location for your vacation accommodations whatever your likes may be. Our DiscoverTuscany team has searched them out, looking for only the best hotels, villas and castles, traditional Tuscan farmhouses, budget friendly accommodations and romantic bed and breakfasts. There is something for everyone!

An Experience in History, Traditions and Food

Explore art in all its forms at the major museums: at the Uffizi with Botticelli's Primavera or at the Accademia where you can gaze upon Michelangelo’s spectacular David. But you don’t have to visit museums to see great art, as it is all around you outdoors as well. All you need to do is walk through the many towns in Tuscany. If you want to take a big step back in time, head to the archeological ruins of the Etruscans and Romans which are visible in many areas throughout Tuscany, but the ones in Fiesole, Cortona, Prato, Arezzo and along the Etruscan Coast stand out.

You can also learn more about winemaking and extra virgin olive oil when you explore the Val d’Orcia, Montecarlo and Montepulciano or take part in the many events, sagras and food festivals which will embrace you with the traditions and folklore of Tuscany. Plan a list of things to do and things to see to lead you in your discovery of national monuments which will take your breath away (and which are UNESCO sites), such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the walled city of Lucca, the scalloped-shaped Piazza del Campo in Siena and the tower town of San Gimignano.

Active Adventure and Artisan Shopping

The many sides of Tuscany offer something for everyone, from art and culture to hot water spas  to extreme adventure including hiking, biking and watersports. Or perhaps you prefer fine dining, homemade “casalinga” menus or a hands-on cooking lesson with the natural flavors of Tuscany.  The DiscoverTusany team has prepared a shopping list with only the best and most prized typical products of the area, including leather, gold, olive oil, alabaster and terracotta. The diverse landscape from north to south will have you skiing in the mountains near Pistoia and soaking in thermal waters at Saturnia in the south and tanning in the sun on the island of Elba.

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Tuscany Tours

Enjoy Tuscany to the fullest by joining a guided tour. Qualified guides will make visiting the main sights and museums fun and interesting, and you won't have to worry about driving!

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Principally known for its Piazza dei Miracoli - or Square of Miracles - Pisa is a fascinating city with a lively and exciting center, always crowded with people and students coming from any part of the world as some of the most important universities of Tuscany are based right here. Exlpore its monuments and historical palaces and let yourself get carried away by its charm of yesteryear.

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Visit Florence

Make sure to include a day or two in your itinerary to include the fascinating city of Florence. Head to the great city of the Renaissance for great shopping, great art and history, romantic sites, delicious gelato and breathtaking views and meals that need to be savored during your time in Tuscany.

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Events in Tuscany

One of the funniest and most interesting aspect of Tuscany is leisure! All year round you'll find many festivals and folkloristic events celebrating culinary specialties as well as local traditions dating back to centuries ago, here you'll find then a guide to the most important events taking place all over Tuscany, with some highlighting famous manifestations and others yearly recurrences divided by month or season.

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Val d'Orcia

The Val d’Orcia invites you to slow down and explore an itinerary filled with hilltop towns, outdoor hot springs, renowned vineyards and a lively cultural calendar with jazz concerts, sagras and outdoor adventures. Check out our guide to enjoy the valley to the fullest!

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Accommodation in Tuscany

Our guide to help you choose the accommodation in Tuscany that most suits your needs, a complete list of holiday rentals including agriturismo, villas, bed & breakfast, self catering apartments and hotels where you can save by booking direct with the owner.

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Itineraries in Tuscany

There are so many places to see in Tuscany that if you decide to adventure out without planning in advance your itineraries, you run the risk to loose yourself amidst the hundreds of things to do. Here you'll find some suggested itineraries and must-see in Tuscany.

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San Gimignano

Discover San Gimignano, the charming medieval town famous wordwide for its tower houses and its medieval architecture which take you back in time. Stroll along its charming streets, taking in its atmosphere and make sure to visit the inside of the Duomo, where you'll find extraordinary frescoes and climb Torre Grossa to admire the breathtaking panorama that has earned the town its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Maremma is synonymous with long sandy beaches, blue sea with clear waters, enchanting landscapes with soft rolling hills and endless green lands, quaint medieval villages, natural thermal springs and archaeological sites. A holiday in Maremma will be plenty of surprises, activities to do, marvellous places to explore and...delicious food and wine to taste!

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What to Do in Tuscany

Choosing what to do while you're in Tuscany will be the hard part, as there are many choices. Love art and history? Visit the main cities, museums, churches and wander the streets. Love fine wine? Make sure to do wine tastings in the heart of wine country. Enjoy delicious meals to go along with great Tuscan wines. Love food? Take a cooking class to learn how to make a Tuscan dish! Love the outdoors? Bike in Chianti.

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Lucca is often referred to as the city of 100 churches for housing a high number of religious buildings, but what maybe stands particularly out are its Renaissance-era city walls that have remained intact since then, being the only original walkable walls in Tuscany. Being easily reachable from many cities and localities of the region both by car and public transports - train above all, Lucca is one of the most popular one-day-trip destinations, find out in this sections the most interesting things to see.

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Explore the wonderful city of medieval Siena, its culture, history and traditions, including the famous horse race il Palio around its main square, Piazza del Campo. A jump back to medieval times as you visit the most enchanting sights and secret corners that give this city its special charm.

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Tuscany Thermal Baths

Indulge yourself with moments of pure relax: Tuscany is rich in natural hot springs spread out all over the territory. You may choose between paying luxurious spa centers and free outdoor thermal baths - like Saturnia and Petriolo - where you may enjoy the benefits of the warm thermal water while admiring the surrounding landscape.

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Tuscany Forum

Have questions about what to see or do or where to stay? What cities to visit? Don't worry, there are others with the same questions! Head over to our Forum and take a look at past questions and if you still can't find the answer you're looking for, post your own!

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