Driving around the meandering roads in the hilly green landscape of Tuscany, I was struck by the sheer beauty wherever I looked. I had wanted to explore this region since the very first time I tasted Chianti wine. Now, I was able to fulfil this wish during my small-scale holiday in Tuscany. The full flavour of the wine had raised my expectations, so I had anticipated a tasteful and unique landscape. And yet the rolling hills, endless vineyards, picturesque mountain towns and inviting agriturismo exceeded even my wildest dreams. What a gorgeous, authentic part of Italy.
It was during one of my trips to Tuscany that I realised this region truly has something for everyone. A perfect place for a holiday with children or with the family. Get everyone together and stay at a cosy apartment or hotel. Even better: find yourself a nice tenuta or fattoria to experience a truly authentic holiday in the countryside. This Italian region is also full of romance. Stay at a charming hotel or castle and be pampered like never before.
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Good to know: my flying holidays to Tuscany always include a rental car and a place to stay.
My tour of Tuscany took me to the most stunning places. In Florence, I climbed the steps of the Duomo. And I had the most delicious pizza at Piazza del Campo in Siena. For hours on end, I strolled around the streets and alleys of Lucca, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Another unique experience is the Tuscan sunset!
An ochre-yellow landscape full of pine trees, sunflowers and cypresses. Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy . Culture, nature and culinary pleasures are seamlessly blended into one of my absolute favourite destinations. My love for the region was once again confirmed when I first discovered San Gimignano, a medieval mountain town that made me forget all about the 21st century... Still, my favourite thing to do in Tuscany is to just get into my rental car, drive through the stunning landscape and explore the cutest little villages. And I always make sure to ask my hosts about their best holiday tips for Tuscany. The locals always know their stuff!
A fly & drive holiday to Tuscany is a true paradise for fans of simple dishes made of fresh, pure ingredients. White beans and bread are two favourites in Tuscany. Their unsalted bread is used in all kinds of ways, such as in tomato soup, salads or spread with a paste of chicken liver as antipasti. And of course, you'll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy authentic Italian pasta during your trip in Tuscany. Do try their pasta with hare ragù, also known as Pappardelle alla Lepre.
And if you like fish, you should definitely go for a delicious dish called cacciocco, a stew made of different types of fish. Tuscan cuisine revolves around olive oil, which is one of the best in the world and used in many different ways. To experience the authentic Tuscan cuisine during your holiday in Tuscany, I highly recommend staying at an agriturismo. These are farms, often producers of wine, olive oil or cheese, and great hosts for your sun holidays in this part of the Mediterranean.
Tuscan weather is typically European: unpredictable winters with warm and dry summers. You can enjoy a nice sun holiday as early as May with temperatures around 20 degrees and amazing hikes and cycling routes to satisfy your adventurous side. The weather can differ per region due to location and altitude differences, and the seasons are also very distinct. Summers can be as hot as 30 degrees. A great time to get yourself a place with a swimming pool for the occasional freshening up. While late summer is another great season to visit Tuscany. Temperatures tend to be a bit lower by then, which makes the region perfect for a short autumn holiday.