3 Cities Within Easy Reach Of Tuscany

Friday, June 13, 2014

3 Cities Within Easy Reach Of Tuscany

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Along with our beautiful Tuscan villas, one of the great things about Tuscany is that the region is so central and therefore gives you the perfect base to explore the surrounding area. Once you have seen all there is to see, or at least all that you planned to see, within the boundaries of Tuscany, there is plenty more to be found outside of them. In effect; Italy is your oyster.
Italy’s romanticism and stunning beauty is not just restricted to the area in which our accommodation is situated and so why not leave your villa for the day (if you can tear yourself away from it) and visit some of the nearby cities? Whether you have a rental car at your disposal or you are willing to use public transport, here are three great locations around Tuscany.


Position in relation to Tuscany – South
How Do I Get There?
Car: Take the E80 from Grossetto for two hours.
Train: Every two hours from Grossetto station straight to Rome. This is also about a two hour journey.
What Can I Do There?
A lot of people will tell you that you can’t visit Italy without going to the capital, and you certainly won’t be disappointed if you take their advice. There are no end of famous attractions and points of interest to go and see; including the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel, but save time for some of the less high profile things that should be on your ‘to do’ list.
If you are tired of museums filled with beautiful art, why not change the mood a bit with a visit to the pasta museum or the museum of purgatory. And if you are feeling really brave then you could even take one of Rome’s many ghost walking tours or train to be the ultimate gladiator. 


Position in relation to Tuscany – North
How Do I Get There?
Car: Take the A1/E35 from Florence for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Train: Trains run regularly from Firenze Rifredi station to Bologna Centrale, via Prato.
What Can I Do There?
As with most of the main cities in Italy, you could spend the day with a crooked neck; just looking up at all the magnificent architecture and art on display as you walk around Bologna. Among these are the two towers of Bologna which are often described as the landmark of the city, the San Petronio Basilica which acts as the main church of the city and the Archiginnasio of Bologna which really is a stunning building.
Bologna becomes even livelier at night and is often lit up beautifully. Be sure to explore the main piazzas at this time such as Piazza Maggiore and Piazza Santo Stefano, whilst also taking a look at the Neptune statue in Piazza Nettuno. Other things to cram in include seeing an opera at the fantastic Teatro Comunale and, of course, tasting an authentic pasta Bolognese. 


Position in relation to Tuscany – East
How Do I Get There?
Car: Take the main Raccordo Autostradale from Siena for about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Train: Two trains a day go from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station in Florence straight to Perugia. Journey time is roughly an hour and a half.
What Can I Do There?
Perugia may be smaller than the other two cities on this list but that doesn’t mean there is any less of a reason to take a trip there. The city has its fair share of religious buildings such as the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and the church of San Pietro, but there are also plenty of offbeat things to do in the area too.
The Perugina Chocolate Factory is a must for those with a sweet tooth and there is even a 9-day chocolate festival which takes over the city if you are lucky enough to visit in mid-October. Another date-specific event is the annual Umbria Jazz festival which occurs in July and brings some of the world’s leading jazz musicians to various venues around town.
If you are interested in seeing what Tuscany and the rest of Italy have in store for you then don’t hesitate to make your booking today. Alternatively, you can use our contact us page to ask any questions you have regarding our accommodation.

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