When you travel around Tuscany, you will find that the region has two very different faces - the art and culture of cities like Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa on one side, and then the incredible landscape and nature on the other. The small towns, villages, castles, villas and vineyards in Tuscany provide a welcome change compared to the traffic and noise of some of the larger Tuscan cities. Then of course there are the lively beach resorts on the west coast with many facilities for all the family.
It is possible to take in a bit of everything you like if you are prepared to travel a bit once you are in Tuscany. You will need a hire car for the greatest flexibility. Our Tuscany travel experts have trodden the landscape of Tuscany over and over again, and have been organizing tours in Tuscany for over 15 years. We are more than happy to help tailor your holiday in Tuscany to ensure that all your desired ingredients are present. Just email, call, or chat to us when you like.
You can in the meantime search through our hand-picked selection of holiday accommodation all over Tuscany and see what takes your fancy. Depending on your group or family, you may have different preferences. Apartments for example give you the choice of catering for yourselves if you wish, and usually have a terrace or some outside space. Hotels are great because breakfast is made for you, so you can set off in the morning on tour with a full stomach without having to do the shopping. Consider a villa if you are a large group or family that wants a private swimming pool.
You can arrive by plane in Florence and Pisa international airports in the north of Tuscany. Pisa International Airport is called Galileo Galilei, and it is only about 1.5 km south of the centre of Pisa. Florence Airport is called Amerigo Vespucci, located four kilometres from the centre of Florence and from both these airports you can take a bus to the centre.
Also it is possible to arrive in Rome to the south of Tuscany and you can take a train to Florence in about 1.5 hours. Alternatively it's a scenic drive taking you either up the coast of Lazio or though the countryside into southern Tuscany.
All the major cities of Tuscany have a railway station and the Italian railway network is generally well-developed and well-functioning, including with high-speed trains between major cities. Florence, Pisa and Grosseto are important railway hubs and Florence even has two major railway stations, namely Santa Maria Novella (SMN) in the city centre and Campo di Marte (CDM) a little further away.
Journeys from Florence to the rest of Italy by train are generally frequent and fast, and they travel to Rome or Bologna / Milan with at speeds of up to 300 km / h. There are also links to the rest of Tuscany with regional, inter alia, Siena, Pisa, Lucca and Arezzo.
Your holiday in Tuscany can be customised so that you spend some time on the white sandy beaches of Grosetto, then maybe some trips to Florence and Siena to soak up the history and architecture, then to see some of the smaller cities with their magnificent medieval castles and historic atmosphere, then perhaps finish with a few days in the distinctive Chianti countryside surrounded by vineyards and enchanting views. The choice is yours. We look forward to helping you customise your holiday in Tuscany.