Top 10 Free Things To Do In Tuscany
Posted by Dympna (10/06/2016)
As Tuscany is a naturally beautiful area, there’s plenty of outdoor activities and jaw-dropping sights to keep you entertained. You may not need to bring loads of spending money on your Tuscan holiday, not when there are so many things you can do for free.
A holiday in Tuscany doesn’t have to break the bank, if you do your research, you can plan activities that won’t cost you a thing. We have come up with some of the best free things to do in Tuscany, check them out below.
1. Visit the natural hot springs and bathe in the warm waters
There are plenty of hot springs dotted around Tuscany, many of which are completely free. You can pay to go to the luxurious spas, or you can simply be alone with nature and take a dip in the hot springs in the middle of the woods. If you are happy to go without showers or facilities, it’s a wonderful natural, and best of all, free experience to enjoy. Try the hot springs at Saturnia or San Filippo.
2. Go on a hike through the Tuscan hills
Tuscany is one of the most visually stunning places in the world to go walking and hiking. As you go from one part of Tuscany to the next, the scenery completely changes, giving you a vast array of landscapes to trek across. There’s nothing like getting out in the great outdoors and seeing some amazing views on a challenging hike.
3. Swim in the sea or visit one of Tuscany’s beautiful beaches
As well as the iconic rolling hills and lush countryside, Tuscany is also blessed with a gorgeous coastline. Spend a day at the beach and take a dip in the sea on one of Tuscany's free beaches. Try the ancient seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia or the Marina di Alberese, a peaceful beach located in a nature reserve.
4. Visit a free museum, there are plenty throughout the region
Following the Ministerial decreefrom July 2014, lots of state run museums in Tuscany are free on the first Sunday of every month. Plan your trip accordingly and you can visit some of Tuscany’s most impressive museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery, for free. Click here for a list of Tuscan museums which are in this scheme.
5. Attend a festival or event and immerse yourself in the local culture
Tuscany host lots of interesting events, including plenty of food and wine festivals that you can attend for free. If you get the opportunity, make sure you go to a festival and experience the cultural side of Tuscany and soak up the atmosphere. you can find a list of Tuscan festivals here.
6. Walk up to the top of the Piazzale Michelangelo and take in the views of Florence
There are lots of tourist attractions and impressive buildings that will cost money to enjoy in Florence, and if you aren’t careful, you can end up spending a lot. One of the best things you can do for free in the city is climb the steps to the Piazzale Michelangelo where you can take in the most spectacular views of the city.
7. Visit one of the charming medieval hilltop towns
Visiting the hilltop towns doesn’t cost anything, unless you want to grab a bite to eat or a coffee in a local cafe. However, you can bring a picnic and simply wander round hilltop towns without needing to spend anything. Here’s some info on the best hilltop towns to visit including San Gimignano, Pistoia, Lucca and Montalcino.
8. See the Roman ruins whilst strolling round Siena
Interestingly, Siena’s origins date back to the first century AD, and you see evidence of Roman ruins all around the city. Keep an eye out for the dappled red bricks which were made using small crimson stones mixed with cement in Roman times.
9. Take your bike and cycle up and down Tuscany’s undulating scenic hills
Tuscany attracts a huge amount of cyclists because of its challenging, undulating hills and scenic riding routes. Bring your bike with you to Tuscany and enjoy countless free bike rides on Tuscany’s most impressive roads. Here’s five ways to cycle around the Chianti.
10. Go on a road trip and admire some of Tuscany’s most stunning driving routes
You can occupy a whole day just driving through Tuscany and admiring the scenery. You might have to spend some money on petrol but driving round and seeing the heart of this picturesque region won’t cost a thing. Check out our guide to driving in Tuscany here.