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 DiscoverTuscany.com 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!
Our comprehensive guide to Tuscany
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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