7 Unforgettable Reasons to Visit Tuscany

Written By: Kate Storm

There’s a reason that Tuscany tops bucket lists all over the globe (and it’s not just the legendary wine): Tuscany is a region like nowhere else in the world. And that is why you have to visit Tuscany right now!

Why Visit Tuscany

Its rolling landscapes, charming hilltop towns, and the gorgeous capital city of Florence are bound to charm just about anyone: this is why you will love making Tuscany your next Italian vacation destination.

Here are the top things to see and do in Tuscany, Italy.

1. Florence

reasons to visit tuscany florence

Florence is one of the world’s most treasured cities for art.

Michelangelo, Botticelli, Da Vinci–these names are not only synonymous with Renaissance art, they’re synonymous with Florence itself.

Along with dozens of their contemporaries, these incredible artists helped give Florence its nickname as the Cradle of the Renaissance.

They may be long gone, but you don’t have to travel further than Florence to see their work: Michelangelo’s David is housed the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence (which mostly exists just for this piece!), and many of the works of Botticelli and Da Vinci can be admired in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.

Suggested Things to do in Florence

Read More: 10 Most Beautiful Things to do in Florence

Don’t miss seeing David, Ponte Vecchio, Views of the city from Piazzale Michaelangelo.

Get Your Guide offers great tours around Florence.

Timed entrance to see Michelangelo’s David – Trust me, line ups are long and you want to have a set time to see David.

Guided Duomo Climb – The Duomo is the star attraction of Florence and a guided tour lets you learn all about it and climb up to see the vies of the city.

A Walking Tour of Florence – it’s a great way to get acquainted with the city.

2. The Food

Tuscan food is unforgettable.

visit tuscany for the food

From incredible pasta to soups like the pappa al pomodoro to famous meat dishes like the bistecca alla fiorentina, I can’t ever get through writing a post about Tuscany without my mouth starting to water a bit.

Tuscan food is delicious and inherently unpretentious–it is based primarily on local ingredients that grow in and around Tuscany, with tomatoes, bread, and pork all featuring heavily (plus pasta, of course).

And, if you need just one more reason to fall in love with the Tuscan cuisine, here it is: gelato was invented in Florence, and to this day, the gelato in Tuscany is the best we have had in the world.

Tuscan Food to Try: Tuscany has its own unique food in Italy, besides the pasta and bread staples, try the unique foods like- cannellini beans, handmade spaghetti and ribolleta – A vegetable and bread based soup.

… And the wine is divine.

3. The Tuscan Wine

tuscany travel vineyards

Though Tuscany is known as one of the most famous wine regions in the world, it actually contains several distinct wine regions and subregions within its borders, each of them boasting their own climate, grapes, and traditions.

As someone who once could barely distinguish more than red from white in wine, it didn’t take long in Tuscany to start developing opinions about Chiantis versus Chianti Classicos versus Super Tuscans.

Tuscany has a way of making people passionate about their wine, quite possibly because they’re likely to find themselves drinking it far more regularly than in their previous day-to-day lives.

If you have limited time, try a wine tour of Tuscany where you can visit different wineries that includes pick up, transfers, tour guide and 8 glasses of wine for $60 USD.

4. Adventure

tuscany tours cooking class view

Tuscany offers a surprising amount of adventure. Tuscany is often thought of as a cultural destination, and it is–art, history, food, and wine are all major reasons to visit Tuscany–but there is an adventurous side to Tuscany as well.

Adventure ideas for Tuscany:

  1. Go for a long hike in the mountains.
  2. Rent a Vespa and fly through the countryside on a beautiful day
  3. Visit naturally formed hot springs – Popular hot springs are Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo, Petriolo, and Saturnia.
  4. Want to take a hot air balloon ride – Get your Guide offers several experiences from different cities. We recommend A private luxury balloon flight for two or a group tour from Lucca
  5. Go scuba diving – Tuscany has more than 250 miles of coast and there are a few dozen dive centres in the area between Livorno and Argentario. Diving is abundant on the archipelago and on the Islands of Elba, Argentario and Gigli
  6. Try your hand at paragliding

You can do a lot of adventures in Tuscany from the extreme to more soft adventures. Whatever you prefer, you can do!

5. Tuscany is Packed with History

tuscany travel streets at night

Tuscany has a long and fascinating history.

With seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a history dating back to the Bronze Age, Tuscany is absolutely packed with history.

Through the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Etruscan period, Roman rule, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond, the people of Tuscany have lived and worked closely with their beautiful homeland, and the history reverberates through time.

It’s not every day that you can wander through a city that was made rich by Roman trading routes as you can in San Gimignano, or eat dinner in a city that has been populated for 2,500 years as you can in Volterra.

6. Perfect for a Road Trip

stay in a tuscan villa
Road Tripping Through Tuscany

It’s the perfect place for a road trip.

Though the Tuscan cities like Florence and Siena are famous and beautiful, Tuscany’s biggest treasures often lie outside of the most populated areas.

Tuscany a safe area with a relatively low population density outside of major urban areas (a big relief when it comes to driving in Italy), Tuscany makes the perfect place for a road trip.

Discover small villages not connected to major cities by train, stop by small vineyards and farms, and embrace the beauty of the rolling countryside.

If you want a different kind of Tuscan road trip, consider driving all the way to the coast to soak in some Mediterranean views!

If you’re hunting for UNESCO sites, they’re easy to find here.

If you’re the type to want to hunt down as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you can, Tuscany is the perfect place to visit.

The region is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ranging from the popular and obvious (Florence and the Square of Miracles in Pisa) to the relatively obscure (Valdorcia and Pienza).

A quest to visit all of Tuscany’s UNESCO sites will take you all over the region, making it an excellent way to structure a trip to Tuscany for history buffs.

We rented a car to travel through Tuscany and it is the best way to see the area. You can get a quote from Rental Cars Connect. 

7. Off the Beaten Path

tour the street of tuscany

It’s still possible to get off the beaten path in Tuscany.

Tuscany, as a whole, is very much a “discovered” destination–it’s one of the most coveted travel destinations in the world, ranking among beloved icons like Paris and London.

Even given its famous status, though (and the hoards of people you’ll fight through if you try to visit Florence’s famous Duomo in July), it’s still possible to get off the beaten path in Tuscany.

Encompassing nearly 23,000 square kilometers, Tuscany is far larger as a region than most tourists realize, and it is packed to the brim with villages, vineyards, hiking trails, and coastline waiting to be discovered.

Whether you want to see world-famous highlights like Pisa or disappear into the landscape (or even a little bit of both), it’s definitely possible to find the Tuscany that you are looking for.

MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO Italy

Read all of our articles on Italy in our Italy Travel Guide

You Might Also Enjoy:
seven reasons to visit tuscany

Travel Planning Resources

Looking to book your next trip? Why not use these resources that are tried and tested by yours truly.

Flights: Start planning your trip by finding the best flight deals on Skyscanner

Book your Hotel: Find the best prices on hotels with these two providers. If you are located in Europe use Booking.com and if you are anywhere else use TripAdvisor

Find Apartment Rentals: You will find the cheapest prices on apartment rentals with VRBO

Travel Insurance: Don't leave home without it. Here is what we recommend:

  • World Nomads - Digital Nomads or Frequent Travelers.
  • Allianz - Occasional Travelers.
  • Medjet - Global air medical transport and travel security.

Need more help planning your trip? Make sure to check out our Resources Page where we highlight all the great companies that we trust when we are traveling.

About Kate Storm

Kate Storm: Kate is busy traveling the world with her husband and documenting all the adventures (and how to pay for them) on her blog, Our Escape Clause. When she’s not writing, you can normally find her on a hike somewhere gorgeous, swimming in a beautiful sea, wandering around a city, or planning one of the next thousand trips she plans to take. Follow Kate online at: OurEscapeClause / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter

Leave a Comment

10 thoughts on “7 Unforgettable Reasons to Visit Tuscany”

  1. Just come to Borgo Argenina villa, B&B and cooking class! http://www.borgoargenina.it
    Our hamlet is few minutes driving from Siena, genuine Tuscan farmhouse with 3 restored annexe, superbly located in a tiny medieval hamlet 4 Villas
    The breathtaking 360° view of medieval castles set in rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves makes the property one of the best and most desirable locations in the whole Chianti Classico region, the magic land of the Black Rooster.
    The hamlet is mentioned in monastic documents dating back to 998 A.D.
    The property has been carefully restored and maintain its ancient and original charm. It has been tastefully furnished by a Milanese stylist in the old typical Tuscan design. The beautiful living room ground floor features 3 arches and brick vaulted ceiling and has French door leading to the stunning terrace and a charming dining room with a summer kitchen.
    The rooms first floor have wood ceiling and ancient terracotta floors.
    The original large kitchen first floor with original majolica tiles and open fireplace and benches inside to sit in, and is very impressive
    Just come!!

    Reply
  2. Really great post. Now i learn new things in the social media opportunity to growing business. Thanks for this article.

    Reply
  3. Yes! tuscany is the city of art. In my bucket of the list, it is the one. Thanks for the beautiful words on Tuscany. My next trip is to there.

    Reply
  4. I am more than convinced that Tuscany should be my next travel destination and that’s all due to your awesome post, Dave and Deb! The scenery seems truly breathtaking. How many days would you recommend staying there?

    Reply
  5. I was in Tuscany and I didn’t even know it! In my cruise ship days (as crew), I was only able to visit Pisa because my time was very limited. I didn’t realize that Pisa was a part of Tuscany! I’m sad that I missed Florence as it sounds like the kind of city I’d love to visit. And I’m not normally a huge fan of cities. But the countryside of Tuscany is really what I’d like to explore and that’s always what I think about when I hear “Tuscany”. I’m so happy to learn that there are still some places to discover that are off-the-beaten-path! Perhaps after the summer crowds! 😉

    Reply
  6. As you both know that I have been a great fan of yours and this post is something like a proof that I have not done any kind of mistake. I would love to visit this place and a day will come on which I must be there. Thanks a lot.

    Reply
  7. Beautiful article. Tuscany looks gorgeous! I really appreciate also the nice pictures. You shared awesome reasons to visit the Tuscany! Always loved your post. I really want to visit this place in future.

    Reply
  8. Thanks for reminding me that I need to return to Tuscany! I only spent a few days in Florence, but that clearly wasn’t enough. Even though in winter (we went for New Year’s) driving a Vespa in the countryside would be less than enjoyable 😀 I need to organize a spring/autumn visit 🙂

    Reply