The Six World Heritage Sites Of Tuscany

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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The Six World Heritage Sites Of Tuscany

All over the world, the most amazingly beautiful and picturesque places are defined as such by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (or UNESCO). The breath-taking region of Tuscany is home to no less than 6 of these recognised sites, all of which are well worth a visit if you are making the trip to Tuscany. There are many things to see and do in this area of Italy but none will be more delightful or culturally educational as these six and so you should make time in your busy holiday schedule to view at least a couple of them.

Using your villa in Tuscany as a base for you explorations, you can travel around by car, rail or bus; taking in some of these nationally recognised places as you go.

Siena –

Siena lies in the centre of Tuscany and because of this it is a great place to rent your luxury Tuscan villa so that you are in a great position to view the rest of the region. Just a glimpse of this medieval city will tell you why it was chosen by UNESCO but the fact that the historic buildings are a real work of art and are built in a way that shows clear creative genius was obviously a key factor.

Florence –

This is one of the most famous romantic cities in the world, let alone Italy, and attracts millions of tourists every year and you can see why. Chosen by UNESCO due to the fact that it’s historical architecture defines a clear point in history and that it is directly involved with events and artistic works that have outstanding significance; Florence is as beautiful as you would have heard it is.

San Gimignano –

This town is a lot smaller and less well known than some of the other Tuscan tourist attraction but definitely makes up for it with medieval splendour. Is again at the heart of Tuscany, can be easily reached from Siena and is highlighted by UNESCO because of its importance to the cultural traditions of civilisations in the past. There are plenty of quirky back streets for you to explore and a scale model of the city that lets you view it in all its glory.

Val d’Orcia –

Val d’Orcia is another example of the many hidden gems that Tuscany has to offer and due to its near proximity to Siena and San Gimignano, it makes a trio of UNESCO sites that could all be seen in one day. This small town is the most recently added site and is sure to offer the calm and tranquillity that everyone looks for in a holiday escape.

Pisa –

Pisa is obviously famous for its leaning tower and it is this iconic building, accompanied by the others in the Piazza del Duomo, which caught UNESCO’s attention in 1987 when Pisa was named as a world heritage site. These buildings display creative genius, demonstrate a significant point in human history and will definitely offer you a feast for the eyes.

Pienza –

Pienza is another small town that has made the list due to the artistic beauty of its buildings that were designed by Bernardo Rosellino in 1459. Other things to do here other than marvel at the architecture include a visit the Enoteca Di Ghino wine shop, begin your bike tour around Tuscany and see what the creative people at RI Crea RE have worked their magic on in their up-cycling shop.
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Choose Tuscany For Your Summer Holiday

Friday, June 14, 2013

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No matter who you are going away with, a holiday in Tuscany can work for every group of every age. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday, an adventure filled holiday or a holiday of lively nights out, Tuscany has it all.

Family Trip

Tuscany is the perfect resort for a family summer holiday as there are activities to do every day that keeps the whole family happy. Rent a private Tuscan villa surrounded by gardens for the children to run around in and a pool to relax by. Spend the days exploring historical towns, on the beach and indulging in beautiful Italian food. From the Pinocchio park to bike rides and water parks with natural springs, there are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy.

Girls Holiday

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday away with friends Tuscany couldn’t be a better choice. Enjoy spa treatments with natural springs to swim in, relaxing beaches for days of sunbathing and cocktails, and evenings of good food and wine in quaint Tuscan villages. You can also explore Tuscany’s night life in the various bars and clubs. Tuscany is perfect for the best of both worlds when it comes to a girl’s holiday, relax and soak up the culture by day and let your hair down and enjoy a drink by night.

Romantic Get Away

Tuscany is one of the top destinations for a romantic getaway. Hire a private Tuscan villa in the country side or stay in a luxurious hotel. Spend the days exploring historic towns and villages; make sure Sienna, Pisa and Florence are on your list of must sees.  Visit vineyards and try Tuscan wine at its best, explore medieval and gothic cathedrals, enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the sea, relax on the beaches and take a boat trip out to a Tuscan Island.

Party Holiday

If you are looking for a holiday filled with dancing and socialising Tuscany is a great choice.  Not a typical ‘party’ destination, Tuscany actually has a lot to offer when it comes to nightlife, but without the overcrowding of British tourists looking for a party. Tuscany is a more sophisticated option when it comes to a nightlife orientated holiday. Whether you are looking for quaint and quirky pubs, champagne and cocktail bars or lively clubs, Tuscany has something to suit your mood every night of the week.
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Tuscan Time Capsules: The Medieval Towns of Siena and San Gimignano

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

People look for villas to rent in Tuscany for a variety of reasons.  Some want a chance to explore the local culture, others want to sample the region's infamous food and wine.  Many people choose to come to Tuscany because of the region's strong connection to medieval times.  You can travel to almost any country in Europe and find a castle for the middle ages, but there's something about Tuscany's many walled in cities and centuries old churches that keep bringing people back.  If you want to see some true architecture from the past, try visiting a these towns.

San Gimignano sits atop a hill that's about 50km south of Florence, and this small town of less than 7,000 people has been towering over the Tuscan landscape for centuries.  If you visit San Gimignano you'll notice that the town is surrounded by 14 enormous towers.  Those towers, along with the limestone walls, walkways and buildings, have been in the town since it was formed during the middle ages.  This small town has a very relaxed atmosphere, you could spend a lot of time visiting local shops and sampling local cuisine.  If you can handle the climb, go to the top of Torre Grossa on Popolo Square so that you can see a breathtaking and striking 360 degree view of the idyllic Tuscan countryside.

Siena is technically the name of a province and a city in Tuscany, but if you want to see architecture from the middle ages you'll want to head to the city.  The center of Siena has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and once you see it you'll understand why the city earned this distinct honor.  The city is famous for the annual Palio di Siena horse race, and it has been held for centuries in the city's Piazza del Ciampo.  Before Florence was considered the epicenter for Italian art and culture, there were artists in Siena working hard to make a name for themselves.  The Torre del Mangia is filled with sculptures and paintings from a variety of artists from the middle ages.
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Four Must See Tuscan Wineries For Wine Lovers

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wine is bottled poetry.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Vacationers come to Tuscany for an array of reasons.  Some come for the art and culture, others come for the food, and many come for a mix of it all. You can't have a true Tuscan vacation without visiting a winery, and luckily there is no shortage of Tuscany villas for rent or wineries close to them.  If you're going to be visiting Tuscany soon consider spending a day at one of these wineries

Castello di Volpaia is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine zone in the small fortified town of Volpaia, and travelers can't stop talking about how much they love visiting this winery.  Many people are drawn to the winery because of its architectural beauty, Catello di Volpaia's main facilities is located in a church that was made in the 12th century.  The town itself often mistakenly referred to as Castello di Volpaia, but that name is actually the registered name of the famous winery.

If you're a serious wine lover you're going to want to contact Tuscan Wine Tours before you go so you can reserve your spot for an unforgettable wine tasting experience.  Tuscan Wine Tours organizes tours in the Chianti Classico wine region.  Guests who go on the tour won't be in for a simple wine tasting.  These tour guides have access to some of the best wineries in the region, and if you tour with them you may be able to see certain winery features that regular guests won't be able to.
Le Baccanti Cultural Food and Wine Tours has been praised for their customized luxury food and wine vacations and day tours.  Their personalized touring services have been recommended by BBC Travel, The Telegraph, and countless other publications and food reviewers.   A Le Baccanti tour would be best for vacationers who want to experience both the food and wine of the region.  Guests can choose to take cooking lessons, sight see, taste wine, or a combination of all three.
Italy and Wine has arranged wine tours in an array of Tuscan regions, and they use actual wine experts to guide guests through the wine tasting experience.  Italy and Wine tours would be best for vacationers who are on a budget.  Guests have the opportunity to customize their day according to their tastes and finances.  If you visit their section on Trip Advisor the comment section is filled with guests who not only loved the tour, but also loved fun loving guides.

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