Best Things To Do In The Tuscan Countryside
Posted by Ruth (09/09/2016)
A trip to Tuscany wouldn’t be complete without spending some down time in the countryside. Lose yourself in the rolling hills, lush vineyards and magical scenery. The countryside in Tuscany is picture perfect, and there are many different ways to uncover its beauty.
You can be as lazy as you like while you soak up the peaceful atmosphere, or find active ways to explore the area. Here are some of the best things to do in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
Head out hiking
Put your hiking boots on and embark on a mesmerising journey through Tuscany’s landscapes. There are plenty of different walking and hiking routes to choose from, you could even book a guided walking tour.
Discover this region on foot and you will instantly fall in love with its beauty. Stop off at little hilltop villages on your route and grab a bite to eat in a local restaurant or cafe.
Go Truffle hunting
Even if you aren’t a truffle fan, heading out on a truffle hunting trip can be both fascinating and fun. This rather expensive fungus can be found deep within the Tuscan countryside. Tuscany is particularly well known for its white truffle, which is used in many pasta dishes throughout the region.
Not many people visit Tuscany without going wine tasting, and one of the best places to go wine tasting is in the Chianti region. Visit some of Tuscany’s top wineries and learn about how the wine is made, how to taste properly and what to eat it with. Take in the spectacular countryside views whilst tasting some of Tuscany’s finest wines.
If you want to cover more ground, then cycling is a great way to travel around Tuscany. Cycle past vineyards, castles, mountains and medieval towns. There are plenty of places where you can hire a bike and also cycling tours that you can join.
Let your creativity flow whilst spending time in the great outdoors. The Tuscan countryside has inspired many artists, writers, musicians and photographers. Getting creative can help you to really absorb the scenery and the beauty that surrounds you.
Enjoy a picnic
Head to a local market, stock up on some fresh local ingredients, and throw together a delicious picnic to take with you into the countryside. Find a particularly picturesque spot, and enjoy a first class picnic that you will never forget.
Go on a road trip
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to see the Tuscan countryside is actually by car. This is because there are many scenic driving routes and roads throughout Tuscany that will blow you away. Make sure you take a drive on the Chianti Road (Via Chiantigiana) between Florence and Siena.
Hot air balloon ride
See the Tuscan countryside from the sky, and you will be mesmerised. Treat yourself to a hot air balloon ride and sip on some champagne or wine whilst you take in the views. A hot air balloon ride in Tuscany is most definitely an experience of a lifetime.