Relax, close your eyes, and lie back. Touch your heart and imagine you are on a Tuscany tour. You are about to fall in love with the culture, the wine, and the food of this province of Italy.
Feel the Tuscan sun beaming down on you as a gentle breeze blows across your face. Smell the delicious aroma wafting from the cooking class. Taste the flavor of some of the best wineries in Tuscany. Listen to the strains of Puccini, Bocelli, or Rossini floating across the square from an opera house.
Congratulations. You are in Tuscany. And you about to have the experience of your life. How to get to Tuscany?
Located in central Italy, Tuscany covers about 23,000 square kilometers (8,900 square miles) and is home to close to four million people. Transportation options include international and domestic flights. There are also buses, trains, and rent-a-cars. Getting there is easy; it is leaving that is difficult.
Where to go in Tuscany?
Florence – the capital city – is a logical place to begin. Here you get your Italian grounding. A feel for the lay-of-the-land. Sniff the air and feel the culture start to seep through your pores. Then the destinations will begin to roll off your tongue – Pisa, San Gimignano, Montepulciano. The places that you have dreamed of visiting.
Why go on wine tours?
The Tuscany vineyards are some of the best in the world. There are many wineries near Florence and Siena, so plan your visit to include as many as possible. Start with the Chianti region, home of the Chianti Classico wine. In this area, you can explore the vineyards and do private tastings in the wine cellar. Just outside of Siena, head for the memory-making area of Montalcino to imbibe Brunello, one of the most important wines to be found on a Tuscany tour. Another not-to-be-missed wine region is the Morellino di Scansano. The specialty of this area is the dry red made from the grapes grown on the coastal hills.
What are some other destinations for a Tuscany tour?
If you want a sense of Italian history, head for San Gimignano. This medieval hill town has 14 towers that have been preserved. It has also carved out a name for itself for great restaurants and fine wines. Pisa may be considered a tourist destination by some. However, not to visit the Leaning Tower would be regrettable. After all, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.
Explore the charming medieval town of Montepulciano. It is only 11 km away from Pienza, tucked in-between Val di Chianti and Val d’Orcia. A Tuscany tour makes experiences. Time to live your dreams.