If you are planning to discover the romantic region of Italy’s Tuscany during your next vacation, then make sure that you cover all the Tuscan regions famous for their historical and natural beauty. While the jewel city of Florence is not to be missed and should definitely get the lion’s share of your itinerary, the Tuscan countryside of Chianti and the cities of Pisa and Lucca are not to be missed. Also remember that no Tuscan tour will be complete till you stroll along the medieval streets of its pristine villages.
History buffs should save a major portion of their time in Italy for Florence, the city of the Renaissance has a lot to offer to the art and history aficionado. A guided tour of the Uffizi and Accademia museums, or an exclusive tour of the Vasari corridor and the Uffizi gallery, home to some of the best works of art, should also be on the cards for art and history lovers. Or you can choose to have a guided visit to both the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries in order to admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Giotto, Botticelli, Cimabue, Masaccio and Leonardo da Vinci among others. You will also love the Secret Passages Tour of the Palazzo Vecchio, which lets you experience the times and lives of the Medici family firsthand.
For those wish to see Florence in peace, the Morning tour of Florence, which is a guided coach and foot tour taking you to the most beautiful places in the city including the Piazzale Michelangelo, the Cathedral complex, the Accademia Gallery, the Duomo complex, Giotto's bell tower, the Baptistery and the Cathedral, is highly recommended. If nature interests you as much as history does, then a stroll through the princely gardens of Boboli can prove to be a fun filled family affair.
A guided tour of Siena and San Gimignano is a must for those who want to discover the quaint Italian countryside that we see in the movies and Italian tourist guides. In fact, hiring a private licensed history guide will let you get the most out of your tours of historical places like Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano.
However, if your idea of an Italian holiday revolves around outdoor activities, fun, frolic and adventure, then Tuscany will not leave you disappointed. Options range from going for a Balloon Flight over the Chianti to the Vespa Tour of the Chianti regions. You can either ride through the valleys, vineyards, towns, castles and woodlands of Chianti on a Vespa scooter, Italy style; or have the adventure of a lifetime as you survey this breathtaking rural landscape in a hot air balloon. End the balloon ride with a marvelous champagne breakfast (sunrise flight) or a Tuscan dinner (sunset flight) and the scooter ride with an authentic Tuscan lunch and Chianti wine tasting. Perfect ideas for those on their honeymoons and those enjoying a romantic getaway in Italy! A boat trip on the Arno River is also a great idea for those who love romance.
Those who want to get the most out of their money should opt for the ‘Citysightseeing Florence’ train tours. For just € 22.00, you can travel on both the Florence and Fiesole lines while you get informed about the city with multilingual commentary on the way. Other options for those who want to cover almost everything in Florence are the Florence Segway Tour with audio guide, the Medieval and Renaissance Florence complete Walking Tour and the Walking tour of Florence with audio guide.
If you want to cruise in from Livorno to spend a day in Florence, then you can get the most out of your time by enrolling in the customized private guided ‘Florence from Livorno’ tour. Similarly custom made for shopaholics is the visit of the Florentine Handcrafts companies, a shopping tour that takes you to the best stores and handicraftsmen in the region so that you can not only buy, but also see how traditional handicraft items are created. If you are an Italian food lover, then you will immensely enjoy the private lessons in Tuscan cooking that you can enroll in and learn how to prepare, serve and eat traditional Italian cuisine from expert Italian cooks.