Discovering the Local Side Of Tuscany
Posted by Virginie (16/09/16)
As well as Tuscany’s enchanting cities and main attractions, there’s a wonderful selection of smaller villages and towns to visit that better represent the local side of Tuscany. It’s nice to come home from your holiday feeling like you really got to know the area and immersed yourself in the local culture.
Tuscany is well-known for its charismatic little villages, with their traditional charm, beautiful architecture and distinctly local feel. It’s in these places where you will get a sense for the real Tuscany, and uncover some amazing hidden gems.
You simply cannot visit Tuscany without seeing some picturesque local spots for yourself. Taking part in some traditional activities such as wine tasting, a cooking class or attending a local festival can help you to discover the local culture. Spend a few days in a local town in Tuscany and see what local Tuscany has to offer. Here’s a few tips on how to see the local side of Tuscany.
One of the best ways to witness the local feel that is present in many Tuscan towns and villages is simply to do some people watching. Find a nice little cafe, order yourself a fresh Italian coffee and a pastry, and sit and watch the world go by. You will probably notice subtle things like the way the locals interact with each other and see the odd tourist wandering around.
Chatting with the locals
If you don’t speak Italian then obviously chatting with the locals may be difficult. However, if you can try and learn some basics, then you will be able to communicate with them on some level and ask them questions about the local area. If you're lucky some of the locals might have a chat with you in English.
Eating in small, independent restaurants
A great way of getting a sense of the local vibes in a little town is to eat at a traditional Italian restaurant. You can sample some of the local dishes and wines and dine with the local people. The culinary scene is a big part of the local side of Tuscany and it’s nice to get a feel for the sort of flavours they use and specialities they serve.
Visiting local markets
Whilst in Tuscany, make sure you find the time to visit a local market. Here you can pick up all sorts of things including local products like olive oil, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Try and buy some local products to take home with you. Restaurants in Tuscany pride themselves on the quality and freshness of their ingredients, many of which they pick up locally at the market.
Returning to the same village year after year
Another way in which you can really discover the local side of Tuscany is to visit the same town or village on numerous occasions. You will really get to know the locals and begin to understand the local way of life if you visit a few times.