Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Italy: Five Unique Ways to Explore Tuscany

Planning a trip can be stressful if you don’t know what to do and where to start. With this dilemma in mind, joining a number of tours and activities can help you make the most of your holiday because it will lessen the nitty-gritty part of doing research for your trip. In Italy, for instance, there are various spots to visit that determining a particular region in the country to concentrate on can be a real challenge. So to give you an idea for a more focused itinerary, here are some of the unique tours that will surely help you grasp the essence of Tuscany region—one of the vibrant destinations in Italy.

Tuscany is a region in Central Italy which is known to be the birthplace of Italian Renaissance Art. With an area of almost 23,000 square kilometers, the region is composed of ten provinces including Arezzo, Florence, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. A week would not be enough in exploring these provinces so there are villas to rent in Tuscany for a good home base after a day of exploration.

In Tuscany, there are hundreds of tour offerings to choose from which can cause confusion. For an extraordinary holiday, I have narrowed everything into five unique tours and activities that will definitely enhance your authentic Tuscan experience.

Literary, Art and Music Tours

Florence, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena are considered as the art cities in the region. The artistic legacy of Tuscany is expressed through its art galleries, museums, palaces, piazzas and churches.

You may choose from a wide range of unique art tour offerings, such as cruising along Arno River to see a different perspective of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, discovering the Medieval and Renaissance treasures of San Miniato, walking tour on the historic city center of Florence, and getting lost for a day inside the Museo Galileo, Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell’ Accademia delle Bella Arti, and Leonardo da Vinci Museum all in Florence.

To fully understand Tuscany, a journey to its historical sites should be done to capture the great cultural and artistic heritage of the region. To tailor fit your tour preference, private and shared tours are available for the said activities.

Tuscany Food Tours

After you feed your soul with the historical sites of Tuscany, indulge in the amazing Tuscan cuisine with some of the featured specialized food tours. Aside from precious wines and excellent extra virgin olive oils that are famous in the region, there are other ways to have an authentic gastronomic experience in the region.

There are unique food tours in Tuscany that you could participate in, such as gelato-tasting in Pisa, truffle-hunting in San Miniato, farmhouse cooking lessons in Volterra, bologna walking tour on one of the oldest markets in Florence, and street food tour in Livorno.

Local flavors are usually intertwined with the tradition of a certain place. If you want to dig deeper on the local culture, try to examine a favorite native dish and you’ll probably discover more than what you expected.

Wine Tours

Tuscany is known for its exquisite wines because it is the third most planted region of grapes in Italy. To understand and appreciate wine in its purest form, there are dedicated tours and activities for wine-lovers and aficionados out there.

You could enjoy unique wine experiences in Tuscany, such as old-fashioned grape stomping, guided wine cellar tours, wine-tasting on a traditional estate and vineyard, and a painting class at a Tuscan winery.

Authentic Tuscan wine can also be a great souvenir for loved ones so make sure that you take home some bottles with you after your wine tours.

Jewelry Design Classes

One of the unique ways to take home a piece of a memorable place is to engage in craft-making activities. In Tuscany, jewelry-making is considered as one of the favored activities because of the highly-customized ornaments that the local jewelers offer to their clients.

Here are some of the interesting jewelry craft activities that you can do in Tuscany; private jewelry class in the village of Lajatico with a local goldsmith, glass bead-making classes at the town of Camiore, and discovering the secrets of artisans on designing jewelry in Florence.

Unleash the inner artist in you and design your own jewelry. You may want to keep it as a memento of your Tuscany trip or have it as souvenirs for friends back home.

Vespa Tours

A Vespa tour has been one of the most sought-after tours not only in Italy but also in some parts of Asia (like Vietnam) as it is the favorite Italian scooter brand. Even if you have zero knowledge on riding a bike or you are a motorbike expert, there’s always a scooter tour that you could definitely enjoy.

Here are some of the unique Vespa tours in Tuscany; private scooter lessons, exploring the countryside of Florence on Vespa, discovering the charm of Chianti through Vespa, and a spontaneous Vespa scooter rental with your own unique itinerary.

Having your own transportation at your own pace is the perfect way to explore the Tuscan countryside. Vespa tour is truly an adventure on legit Italian wheels.

These are just five of the unique ways to have an authentic Italian experience in Tuscany, and there are more. Whether it’s a honeymoon trip or a long-term backpacking adventure, you’ll surely never run out of choices that will enrich your Italian vacation.

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