|Image source: To Tuscany photocompetition 2012 - Maciej Stronski|
Tuscany is a region located on the west coast of Italy. It is a popular holiday destination for thousands who visit the region every year. Tourists fall in love with the culture and there are many reasons why they find themselves returning year after year. If you’re considering travelling to Tuscany this year here are ten reasons why Tuscany is the perfect place for a summer trip away-
Festivals are big in Tuscany and many of the festivals that are still held here today date back to medieval celebrations. Along with festivals such as the Pailo horse race in Piazza del Campo and the Viareggio Carnevale there are regular markets and food and wine festivals held across the region. Tuscany has a festival to suit anyone, look up a list of all the local festivals and see which interest you.
One of the driving factors for people to visit Tuscany is the impressive historic sites it boasts. From impressive architecture, ancient cathedrals and monuments to museums and ruins, Tuscany is a hub of history. When in Tuscany visit- The leaning tower of Pisa, the Sienna Cathedral, the hill top town of Volterra and the Uffizi gallery.
Italian cuisine is one of the most popular foods across the world so where better than to sample in than in Italy it’s self. The region of Tuscany has some stunning traditional dishes to its name and some tourists return just to sample the dishes cooked traditionally with local produce again. Local dishes include- Liver crostini, Pappardelle pasta, the famous Florentine steak and tripe and lampredotto.
A great attraction to staying in Italy is the idea behind staying in a traditional Tuscan villa. Experience living like the locals and rent a villa for the duration of your stay. Enjoy open airy spaces, tradition Tuscan kitchens, swimming pools and sunny terraces.
The most famous piece of art work found in Tuscany is Michaelangelo’s statue of David that is said to be a representation of the biblical figure David. It can be found in Florence and was created between 1501 and 1504. Along with the statue of David Tuscany boasts many galleries with local art work
Tuscany has some beautiful beaches perfect for relaxing or running around with the kids. Choose from private sandy alcoves or beaches that stretch for miles complete with bars, restaurants and chairs for relaxing.
During the summer months Tuscany reaches high temperatures with long days of sunshine. Get away for a while and enjoy the heat in Tuscany. One of the most attractive factors of Tuscany is that whilst the sun is strong and the weather warm it’s never so hot that you are unable to spend a lot of time outdoors due to the heat being unbearable.
Lots of spas and areas of relaxation can be found across Tuscany including natural spring spas. Visit the Saturina springs near Siena and the thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni for a truly relaxing and natural experience.