If you’re in Tuscany, then you’re also in a place in Italy where it bears the most remarkable landscapes of all time. These landscapes are usually found in a Renaissance painting of rows of cypresses, medieval hill-towns, olive groves, and vineyards, and artfully sited farmhouses and villas. You can say that Tuscany is a stereotype kind of place that has irresistible attractions. It also belongs as one of the healthiest regions, but it still retains its rural look wherein most of its land retains its greatness as it did half a millennium ago.
So when you’re in Tuscany, there are a number of highlights that you need to do there to make your trip a worthwhile one. For your own convenience, these are the things that you can do there.
- Taste the truffles in San Miniato – You can find many opportunities that Tuscany will provide you a sample for this pricey and perfumed fungus. San Miniato is a lively little town that is renowned for producing this white variety.
- Go for a day trip to Cortona – This hill town of Cortona is known as the major attraction on the agricultural plain of Valdichiana where its steep streets provide an unforgettable view over at Lago Trasimeno and the Valdichiana. After the film Under the Tuscan Sun was released, Cortona became the 2nd most sought ought destination in Italy for US tourists after Venice. Even though that it became a popular tourist destination, the steep little streets still haven’t lost its charm.
- Make a pilgrimage to La Verna – The mountaintop in St Francis is known to be a famous pilgrimage site in Tuscany. Most people visit this place to pay homage while others prefer to stay in the guesthouse that is adjoining the monks’ quarters or they do it mainly out of curiosity. Compared to the basilica at Assisi, tourists barely obscure the place’s true purpose.
- Get lost in the Uffizi – If you are into Italy’s finest art collection and the greatest art collection of Italian Renaissance paintings in Florence then this is the place to be. There are loads of masterpiece collections being gathered here that you can skate over the surface in just a single visit or probably a half day to explore in its entirety.
- Take a walk in the Alpi Apuane – This place is famous for its marble quarries and its botanical wonderland that contains extensive forests of chestnut and beech, and a profusion of wildflowers during the Spring season. A long trail and a network of marked footpaths thread the steep forested valleys, and you will be able to spot around 300 species of birds while you are there including kestrels, sparrowhawks, buzzards, and the golden eagle.
- Walk the city walls in Lucca – Lucca has a collection of the most handsome Romanesque buildings all over Europe, but the tourism in this place is a secondary consideration. You can get yourself be familiar with the town by cycling or walk the fortifications that are encircling the old city.