Our Tuscany travel guide is designed to help you make the very most of your Tuscany holiday. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do during a stay in a Tuscany villa rental. Perhaps you want to discover the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Or maybe you want to explore the Campo in Siena or the Leaning Tower in Pisa. Both are common reasons to book a holiday in a villa in Tuscany. But there are some, perhaps less well known reasons too. For example, there are villas in Tuscany that offer access to some great beach resorts too. Tuscany also offers some of the most idyllic countryside in Italy. And its smaller towns and villages must be seen to be believed.
To help you make the most of your holiday in Tuscany, Bookings For You has put together a Tuscany travel guide. It’s packed full of all the things to do in Tuscany during your trip. Our Tuscany travel guide can provide restaurant recommendations and advice on which beaches to visit. Not only that. It will also provide you with ideas about how to keep the children entertained. We’ll also let you know which are the best museums in Tuscany to visit. What is more, for the keen shoppers out there, we’ll let you know where to find the best retail bargains!
At Bookings For You, we firmly believe that the key to a successful family holiday is to keep the children entertained and happy at all times! Hopefully our guide to holidays with children in Tuscany will help ensure that this is the case!
Dependent on your choice of holiday property, you may well have the convenience of a play area on site to keep the youngest of children entertained. You may also have the luxury of either a private or communal swimming pool on hand. Many a happy hour can be spent on holiday with the parents enjoying the luxury of reading a book whilst the children play...
If playing amid olive groves and vineyard covered hills is your idea of the perfect round of golf, then Tuscany is certainly an ideal destination! We have selected just a few of the courses which you may like to visit during your stay.
Ugolino Golf Club
Just 20 mintes south of central Florence, the Ugolino golf course in Grassina is the oldest golf club in Tuscany. Set in the heart of the Chianti region and only a few miles from the centre of the city, the spectacular hillside course has wonderful views over the Tuscan countryside. www.golfugolino.it
Medici Golf Club
Tuscany is superb walking territory. The landscape is truly soul stirring and there can surely be no better way to appreciate the beautiful scenery and countryside than on foot. The landscape of Tuscany is also surprisingly varied, with the gentle rolling countryside offering the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll, whilst the mountainous areas of the Alpi Apuane provide the opportunity for serious walkers to enjoy a more challenging hike.
It would be impossible to list all the hiking routes and trails here. Instead, we recommend you visit the local tourist information office on arrival....
Tuscany is an area steeped in History. With plenty of museums on offer, you will find plenty to broaden your mind. In fact, there are so many museums scattered around Tuscany that we could never hope to provide an exhaustive list of those worth visiting during your holiday. However, we hope that this at least gives you information on some of the best museums that the region's principal cities have to offer and provides a helpful starting point to your holiday planning.
Museo delle Sinopie
The museum houses the monochrome sketches for the frescoes of the Camposanto.
Bookings For You work closely with producers of superb extra virgin olive oil in Tuscany, Umbria and Marche.
In Tuscany, we are proud to work with a wonderful estate in the hills outside Florence. Set on top of a hill overlooking the Chianti region, the estate comprises a 15th century villa which once belonged to the Gheradini family, the family of the famous Mona Lisa. The house is surrounded by 30 hectares of olive groves containing 6000 olive trees. For the past 200 years, the property has been in the Calamai family and the current owners, Eleanora and Marco, lovingly look after the property...
With a whole host of wonderful cities across Tuscany, it will be hard to concentrate on serious shopping when you are surrounded by such beautiful architecture and scenery. However, there are some fantastic shopping options for those serious shopaholics amongst you.
Florence is probably the city that springs to mind most when you think of shopping for fashion in this part of Italy. The principal shopping street is the Via de' Tornabuoni, where you'll find the showrooms of Italy's top fashion designers including Prada, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Armani, Vavalli and Ferragamo. Of course, the...
The classic landscapes of Tuscany have long held an irresistable attraction for holidaymakers. Made famous by the Renaissance artists, the landscape provides a stunning backdrop to your stay. Visitors are spoilt for choice in terms of Tuscany tourist attractions to visit and Tuscany sights to see, whether it's the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the leaning tower in Pisa or the Campo in Siena. Tuscany even offers some great seaside resorts and is also wonderful walking country too.
Undoubtedly the best known and most visited city in Tuscany is Florence. With its stunning architecture...
There are a number of excellent spas in Tuscany, offering guests the chance to escape the stresses of everyday life in an idyllic setting. Renowned for offering the best in beauty treatments and health care, they provide holidaymakers with the chance to unwind and relax in style. However, visitors should be aware that some Italian spas have a much more institutionalised feel than those in the UK, with a focus on healing and rehabilitation rather than on pure relaxation and beauty.
Some spas worth considering include:
www.termepetriolo.it Originally dating back to Roman times, visitors...
Holidaymakers to Tuscany rarely think about the superb array of beaches that the region has to offer. However, Tuscany's Western borders are flanked by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which offer some superb opportunities for watersports including windsurfing and waterskiing.
The beaches in Tuscany vary dependent on how far North you go. At the very North of the region are the high end beach resorts of Forte dei Marmi and Camaiore, popular with the wealthy Florentines who flock there during the Summer months to escape the crowds and the heat in the city. The beaches here do tend...
There are some absolutely wonderful restaurants across Italy. Dining in Tuscany is no exception. Often, the most unassuming Tuscany restaurants can provide the most exceptional cuisine.
We are working hard to provide a list of some of the best Tuscany restaurants that we have enjoyed on our travels around the region. Admittedly, this is an ever growing list, but here are some of the best we have found to date.
First is The Golden View restaurant overlooking the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. www.goldenviewopenbar.com. It's not a cheap option for dining in Tuscany but you'll always find bags...
We all know that travelling can be stressful. But hopefully our guide to travelling in Tuscany will take the stress out of the journey for you.
Tuscany has two main airports serviced from the UK - Florence and Pisa.
With it's relatively mild climate, Tuscany is a great place to visit all year round.
Whilst weather conditions do vary from region to region within Tuscany, July and August are the hottest months in the area, where it's not unusual to see temperatures reach 30 degrees centigrade. Certainly, at this time of year, some of the major cities can get almost stiflingly hot as can some of the inland valley areas where it's not unusual to see temperatures over 35 degrees, whilst temperatures tend to stay cooler on the hills. However, in these areas the vast majority of the Tuscany holiday properties...