The Tuscany region of central Italy, on the edge of the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a land rich in culture and scenic beauty and steeped in history. Here is where the Italian Renaissance was born, and the legacy of this illustrious heritage can be found in the art and architecture of the region. Rolling hills dotted with vineyards and olive groves, and crowned with enchanting medieval towns of winding streets and picturesque buildings. A haven for lovers of fine food and wine. A paradise for art lovers. Tuscany is all this and more; for a truly memorable holiday, Tuscany is the place to be.
Holidays In Tuscany
TuscanyItaly vacations have a lot to offer the discerning visitor. There are national parks of outstanding beauty for walking, and seaside resorts offering a wide range of water sport activities. From your base in a holiday apartment in Tuscany you can visit some of the world’s most culturally rich towns and cities. Florence, with its amazingly well preserved Renaissance buildings, where the Uffizi Gallery hosts the most magnificent collection of paintings including giant works by Botticelli. Pisa is the home of the world famous Leaning Tower, but its adjacent cathedral and baptistry are also well worth a visit. Lesser known, but full of appeal, is the town of Siena.
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Siena A Roman settlement, a prosperous Lombard town, a city state in the late Middle Ages, Siena has a fabulous history and the legacy of these varied cultures have all left their mark. For a fascinating holiday, Tuscany can offer few places of greater interest than this town founded, it is said, by the son of a founder of Rome. The central old town is a World Heritage Site. Walking these narrow medieval streets is like stepping back into the Renaissance period.
The 13th century cathedral is a fine example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, boasting an exquisite hexagonal dome and a marvellously ornate marble mosaic floor. There is also a 16th century Medici fortress which is now a tranquil and welcoming public park, and a renowned botanical garden. The nearby hilltop town of Asciano is also rich in medieval character, and a charming location for a holiday apartment in Tuscany such as those on offer at the Hotel Montaperti. Nearby is another location which helps to make holidays in Tuscany so memorable; the Rapolano thermal springs, where you can enjoy a relaxing bathe in the soothing and beneficial waters after all that sightseeing.