If the beautiful scenery isn’t enough of a reason to visit Tuscany, the myriad of unique things to do there will certainly win you over. Tuscany has long-since been one of Italy’s most popular vacation destinations, if not one of the top vacation spots in the world. Between the incredible hill towns, historic cities, beaches, wine, and food, you’ll have a hard time determining what aspect of the Italian region is your favorite.
One of the most popular Tuscan destinations is at its heart: Florence. In Florence, you will be blessed to see some of the most incredible Renaissance architecture in the world. The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the most recognized buildings in the city and you’ll certainly want to take the time to see its famous dome for yourself. If you haven’t already booked your trip, now is the time.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Many are surprised to learn that the famous leaning tower of Pisa is actually located within the region of Tuscany, in Pisa. Go ahead and take the famous tourist photo with the tower but leave plenty of time to explore the rest of the city. For a particularly scenic stroll, take a walk along the Arno River.
Enjoy The Local Cuisine
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of visiting beautiful Tuscany is deciding what to eat. Not because there aren’t enough options, but instead quite the opposite. The local cuisine is enough of a reason to visit the region time and time again. Once you’ve had the luxury of enjoying authentic Italian dishes, you’ll never want to eat anything else.
Did you know that Tuscany offers Neapolitan pizzas?
It can undoubtedly be incredibly difficult trying to decide just what to eat, considering you’re entirely surrounded by just about the best food Italy has to offer. It’s practically impossible not to enjoy everything you eat in Tuscany, but there are certainly some dishes that stand out. If you’re brave, you can try lampredotto which is a popular street food in Florence made from the fourth stomach of a cow.
For a less daring meal, you can enjoy a comforting bowl of ribollita, one of the most popular dishes in Tuscany during the winter. It’s a soup containing cabbage, onions, carrots, and beans.
According to Conde Nast Traveller, you’ll want to pay the following restaurants a visit while in beautiful Tuscany:
- La Bottega
- Il Canto Del Maggio
- Il Faconiere
- La Pinete
- La Tana Degli Orsi
- La Torre di Gnicche
- L’Enoteca Marcucci
- Ristorante Walter Redaelli
- Locanda Pietracupa
- Trattoria Verdiana
Sip On Refreshing Wine
Speaking of the local cuisine, what trip to Italy would be complete without wine? If you know anything about wine, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Chianti. Well what better way to enjoy Chianti than in the Chianti Classico Wine Region? There are several wonderful wineries worthy of a visit, but the folks over at Trip Savvy suggest starting your wine tasting adventures at Barone Ricasoli Winery and Brolio Castle.
When traveling to beautiful Tuscany, you truly cannot go wrong. Everything from the scenery to the cuisine is one of a kind and worthy of a trip all its own. Just be sure you’re prepared to make memories that will last a lifetime.