Travelling Tuscany - a short guide to the most charming region in Italy

By: Markus Mross

As one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, Tuscany attracts more and more visitors each year. Like other popular tourist regions, Tuscany, too, offers a wide range of attractions, many sights and different landscapes. This diversity makes Tuscany a holiday area for every taste and an ideal destination for the most different kinds of holidays to opt for such as individual holidays, group vacations, family trips and couple vacations.

First of all, it is the mild climate throughout the year and the beautiful and picturesque landscape of Tuscany which fascinates many travellers. The rich flora and fauna includes pine trees, cork trees, lavender, thyme, rosemary, vineyards and olive groves. The colorful flower fields and the country roads lined with cypress trees are a delight for the eye and give this region a nostalgic and romantic atmosphere and impart a very special Mediterranean charm no visitor can escape. Further tourist hot spots in Tuscany are the numerous beautiful bathing beaches and the various day trip destinations. Due to its proximity to Liguria, vacationers can choose between many interesting and worthwhile places of excursions.

But it is also the culinary delights of Tuscany, its eventful history and its rich culture which constitute further attractions of this region in Italy. The many interesting cities such as Florence, Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano and their sights and art treasures are an obligatory destination not only for the culturally interested traveller but for everyone. Especially those visitors who want to immerse themselves deeper into European art history and Italian Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture should plan an excursion to one of these cities.

A place which shouldn't be missed during a holiday in Tuscany is the city of Lucca. Located in the valley of the Serchio River and northeast of Pisa, it is a good starting point for visiting many beautiful destinations. Worthwhile sights of Lucca are the Duomo of San Martino, the Piazza Napoleone, the Piazza San Michele, the Anfiteatro, the church of San Michele in Foro and the Chiesa di San Frediano. Other local attractions include the various museums of the city such as the Museo Nazionale Guinigi and the Museo e Pinacoteca Nazionale.

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Markus Mross writes on travel and culture in Italy. If you are interested in apartments Tuscany, please visit and find information on Villas in Tuscany.

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