For most of us, summer is the best and most convenient time of the year for us to enjoy some holidays in the sun and is the perfect chance to escape it all and get away for a week or two. We are so lucky in that our location makes it ideal for visiting Europe with most flight times to European destinations usually clocking in at around 2 hours or less meaning that there is no excuse not to get out there and explore. In this blog article we’ve decided to look at one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas of Italy, Tuscany which is well worth a visit if you are fan of stunning countryside, good food and drink and charmingly ancient villages that are just begging to be explored. If you have been looking for a relaxing holiday to rejuvenate yourself away from the seaside crowds, then read on to find out exactly why you should be visiting this region.
The easiest way to get to Tuscany from the UK is obviously by plane, and the region boasts two major international airports, Pisa and Florence. Pisa is the larger of the 2 and boasts frequent flights between UK destinations particularly during the summer months and is serviced by some of the more budget airlines too, which is particularly handy if you have a keen eye towards economy. The flight time between Pisa and London is 2 hours 10 minutes, and we recommend that you hire a car upon arrival (or pre-arrange if you’re big into organisation!) so that you can explore and get around with ease during your visit.
The Tuscan region itself is in the western-central area of Italy, with the regional capital being Florence, which is a must visit. Florence is the most populous city in Tuscany and boasts some gorgeous and historical architecture and in fact was one of the wealthiest European cities during medieval times and is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance too. The historical centre of the city is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts sites such as the Statue of Neptune. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, you simply can’t miss this out! Also try to make time to visit the smaller but still stunning city of Pisa too with its infamous tower and lovely architecture.
Tuscany is a famed Italian wine-producing region and coupled with the delicious cuisine, you can really treat your inner gourmand when you are visiting. Local Tuscan dishes include ribollita which is a hearty vegetable stew, panforte which is a tasty fruit and nut chewy dessert, and lardo which is a type of salami. Wash them down with a tipple of world-renowned wine Chianti as you gaze across the smooth landscapes at the poplar trees.
Whether you are a foodie, an art lover or are simply in love with Italy, then Tuscany can be a fantastic place to visit, especially for couples or solo travellers. Revel in historical Italian culture midst beautiful landscapes in Tuscany.