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Visiting Tuscany

There’s a reason why everyone is searching for the next Tuscany: because the original is just that idyllic. Blessed with a landscape of cypress trees, vineyards, and olive groves, this sunny Italian region south of Florence spoils travelers with every conceivable gluttonous delight—cheeses, pastas, and the famous Chianti wine. Leave your diet at home, but bring your camera: though small in size, medieval towns like Montepulciano and San Gimignano deliver awesome rewards for art and architecture buffs. ... Read More There’s a reason why everyone is searching for the next Tuscany: because the original is just that idyllic. Blessed with a landscape of cypress trees, vineyards, and olive groves, this sunny Italian region south of Florence spoils travelers with every conceivable gluttonous delight—cheeses, pastas, and the famous Chianti wine. Leave your diet at home, but bring your camera: though small in size, medieval towns like Montepulciano and San Gimignano deliver awesome rewards for art and architecture buffs.    Close

Stories and Tips Tuscany

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Guidebook reviews: The Rough Guide to Tuscany & Umbria

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 22 Nov, 2009

The Rough Guide to Tuscany & Umbria, by Jonathan Buckley & Mark Ellingham***I sang the praises of the general Rough Guide to Italy elsewhere, but revisiting again this regional guide in the process of writing up our trip to Tuscany two years ago, I was…Read More


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Pisa Revisited

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 28 Oct, 2009

We spent a week in Pisa in December 2007, and I have no idea why I haven't written anything about this part of Italy before. I fell in love with Pisa after a one-night stand of sorts seven years prior to this last visit, during…Read More


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The Art of Chianti

Written by Ginaru on 23 Nov, 2008

During the week of August 17th - 24th, while many Italians were still on holiday for Ferragosto - a few artists from Phoenix took in the Chianti Countryside with their eyes, their paints, pastels and their hearts. We spent a wonderful week once again at…Read More


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Scooter in Chianti Region, Tuscany, Italy

Written by paigey121 on 06 Aug, 2007

I found a website that does Tuscany tours on a modern Vespa near Siena, Italy. I thought of how to steal this idea and work it into my travels. I found a great "Drive through the Chianti Countryside" map with sights from the National Geographic…Read More


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Wandering San Gimignano

Written by moatway on 02 May, 2004

And the winner of the prize for the best hill-town in central Italy… If you’re driving down from Pisa on S429, the drive into town on a winding road through Chianti country is beautiful. There are a number of parking areas around the city. I did…Read More


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Florence - Neptune and David on the Piazza della Signoria

Written by actonsteve on 26 Dec, 2004

"I will show you the Piazza della Signoria...and then we go and visit Armani..." The price that my friend Nicola Pavese consented to for showing us around Florence was that he was allowed to cane the plastic at Emporio Armani. And who can blame him? The…Read More


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Florence - Ponte Vecchio and 'Attack of the B-movie Cathedral'.

Written by actonsteve on 26 Dec, 2004

You remember the scene in the film... The soundtrack starts with Puccini's 'Sogno di Doretta',, the shutters are thrown open, and the audience sees the magnificent cityscape of Florence for the first time. The tangerine octagonal dome of the Duomo floats above the terracotta roofs, Italian…Read More


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E pur sì muove - - Pisa's Leaning Tower and Field of Miracles

Written by actonsteve on 26 Dec, 2004

I first got to see the famous Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower) at 1am. We had just arrived in Pisa and were eating late. A friend of ours, Alessio, suggested seeing the Field of Miracles before we went to bed. And as Italians keep late hours, we…Read More


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The Comune of Pisa - Tuscan charm in a medieval maze

Written by actonsteve on 26 Dec, 2004

Florentine proverb: "Meglio un morto a casa che un Pisano al'uschio!" ("Better a death in the family than a Pisan at the door!") Pisan reply: "E che Dio to contenda!" ("And may god grant your wish!") At midnight on a weekday, when most of Europe is tucked…Read More


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Terme di Saturnia (Italian Spa)

Written by barbara on 19 Dec, 2001

The Terme di Saturnia was by far the busiest spa I visited while in Italy. Despite on-going construction and renovation on the grounds (To be completed by Spring 2002--Golf Course in 2003), it is also one of the most luxurious spas in Tuscany.…Read More


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