Where to go in Tuscany: cities, spas, beaches, seaside and mountain resorts

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La Tuscany it is not just beach holidays, it offers much more: interesting cities of art and culture, beautiful and verdant hills, small towns and medieval villages, villas and castles, splendid mountains, but also an excellent tasty and genuine cuisine. Find out below which are the best places to go on holiday in Tuscany.

La Toscana ha four tourist faces, very different from each other:

  • art City, like Firenze, Siena, Lucca and Pisa;
  • rural regions like Chianti and Maremma;
  • coastal areas such as Versilia, the Etruscan Coast and the Promontory of Monte Argentario,
  • island areas like the Tuscan Archipelago withElba island, the island of Giglio and the others.

If you want to take a full tour of Tuscany some of the locations and areas not to be missed they are: Florence, Montecatini Terme, Siena, Marina di Pietrasanta, Viareggio, Pisa, San Vincenzo, Lucca, Chianciano Terme, Chianti, the Promontory of Monte Argentario and the Island of Elba.

Where to go on holiday in Tuscany

Based on preferences or tastes, Tuscany can be visited in different ways, one of the most important is to see for yourself the incredible art of the Florentine Renaissance, taste the flavors of typical Tuscan cuisine and taste first-class local wines, or have fun on the beach and by the sea in the many seaside resorts along the Tuscan coast.

Le most interesting tourist areas to go to in Tuscany I'm:

  • the Chianti region
  • the Maremma
  • the Val d'Orcia
  • the Mugello
  • the Crete Senesi
  • the Tuscan Archipelago
  • the Garfagnana
  • the Apuan Alps
  • the Val di Chiana
  • the Tuscan Apennines
  • the Accona Desert
  • the Val Tiberina
  • the Montagnola Senese
  • the Casentino
  • the Metalliferous Hills
  • the Pratomagno
  • The upper Valdarno
  • The Lunigiana

Cities of art and medieval villages to visit

The most interesting and relevant historical period in Tuscany was the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Precisely for this reason some of the unmissable tourist places are its cities: how Firenze, Siena, Lucca and Pisa, rich in art and history; or the small medieval villages and towns, present in the inland areas.

Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca still retain theirs medieval structure, with many buildings and works of art from the Renaissance period.

Tuscany also hosts six Unesco World Heritage sites and are the historic center of: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza and Val d'Orcia; and Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa.

Best seaside resorts to go to in Tuscany 

The coast of Tuscany offers some of the best Italian seaside resorts, with beautiful beaches, a clear blue sea, and a rich offer of tourist services. The most interesting areas for seaside stays are in general the Costa degli Etruschi Versilia,Elba island and the area ofMonte Argentario.

For those looking for stays and holidays by the sea, the Tuscan seaside tourist resorts offer a wide and varied hotel offer, with many hotels, apartments and holiday homes, as well as campsites, resorts and tourist villages.

Le best places for beach holidays in Tuscany they are:

  • Capoliveri
  • Viareggio
  • Portoferraio
  • Marina di Campo
  • Castiglione della Pescaia
  • Forte dei Marmi
  • San Vincenzo
  • Livorno
  • Follonica
  • Marina di Massa
  • Porto Santo Stefano
  • Lido di Camaiore
  • Porto Azzurro
  • Marina di Pietrasanta
  • Cecina
  • Marciana Marina
  • Orbetello
  • Bibbona
  • Piombino
  • Marina of Castagneto Carducci
  • Tirrenia

If you have no preferences, Viareggio and San Vincenzo they are two of the best tourist-seaside places in Tuscany. They are suitable destinations for everyone and for all ages, with a wide range of tourist services and hotel facilities.

La Costa degli Etruschi, located in the province of Livorno, is the central part of the Tuscan coast. Among the most famous seaside resorts in this area we find: Piombino, San Vincenzo, Castagneto Carducci, Bibbona, Cecina, Rosignano Solvay and Livorno.

THETuscan archipelago it includes seven major islands, plus other smaller islands. The best known and most important for tourism are: Elba, Giglio, Pianosa, Giannutri and Montecristo.

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Spa holidays: best spa resorts in Tuscany

La Toscana ha many spa resorts, where you can relax and take care of yourself. The largest and most famous spa town is Montecatini Terme. Very popular they are too Chianciano Terme and Terme di Saturnia.

Let's see, however, in alphabetical order, which are the main towns and spas where to go in Tuscany:

  • Bagni di Lucca
  • Bagni San Filippo
  • Chianciano Terme
  • Elba
  • Equi Terme
  • Monsummano Terme
  • Montecatini Terme
  • San Carlo Terme
  • San Casciano dei Bagni
  • San Giuliano Terme
  • Caldana thermal baths
  • Terme di Montepulciano
  • Petriolo thermal baths
  • Terme di San Giovanni
  • Terme di Saturnia
  • Uliveto Terme

Holidays in nature: the best parks and landscapes in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the most interesting Italian regions from a landscape and natural point of view. Much of the Tuscan territory is located on the Apennines, with deep valleys and wonderful landscapes. The excursions and the paths you can do are endless.

There are three national parks in the area:

  • il National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines,
  • National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna
  • and National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, located on the islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Natural beauty is by no means limited to national parks - there are splendid mountain north of the Arno river, for example the marvelous Apuan Apennines or the Media valley of the Serchio. The southern area of ​​the region offers interesting opportunities for outdoor activities.

Holidays in the mountains: best ski resorts

Mountain holidays are an interesting part of the tourism sector in Tuscany. During the winter the main and best known ski resorts are theAbetone and Mount Amiata.

Abetone is a truly complete ski resort which can easily rival the ski resorts of the Alps. There are modern ski lifts, many km of skiable slopes of varying difficulty and a good hotel offer.

When to go to Tuscany

Tuscany can be visited at any time of the year, although based on the reasons for the trip or vacation there may be more suitable periods. The region enjoys one of the most "beautiful" climates in Italy, also demonstrated by the varied and luxuriant vegetation

The best times for visit the cities of art, such as Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa or the characteristic medieval villages, are spring and autumn. The days in the months of March, April, May, September and October are mild and almost always sunny housing rates are lower and they are also found fewer files to access museums and various attractions.

Who loves the holiday at the seaside it does not have much choice, to take pleasant baths in the sea you have to choose the summer. July and August represent the high season months, to find cheaper rates better prefer June and September. To relax on the beach, the months of April, May and October could also be good.

Any time of the year it can be a good time for the mountain holidays, to enjoy the nature and landscapes of Tuscany.

Those looking for snow and winter sports must visit the region during the ski season which normally starts at the beginning of December and ends at the end of March. Abetone is almost always the first ski resort in the Apennines to open the ski season.

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Viareggio in Versilia, Tuscany - Photo from Istock
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