Tuscany Holidays

Holidays in Tuscany will take you on an invigorating trip back through time. From the renaissance art of Florence to the gothic brick buildings in Siena, and the many castles, museums, and supreme works of art in between.

Away from the romance of the region’s art and architecture lies a culture of food and wine that will delight the senses. From the sun drenched vineyards and celebrations held during the olive harvest, to the quirky small town street food and delicious pasta dishes, every day will bring a new culinary experience.

Tuscany holidays aren’t just about city breaks and cultural icons. The countryside has a charm all of its own, with sun drenched hilltop towns, medieval towers, small museums, traditional crafts and local food festivals. Enjoy a hot balmy summer day spent taking in the glorious views, or head to one of the many beaches on the coast and relax before taking a dip in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

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Explore Tuscany Like No Other

Our expertise as Italian specialists will ensure that you make the most of every holiday booked with Citalia. We help ensure you never miss the iconic sights of Tuscany, and suggest some lesser known treasures and hidden gems too.

If the busy towns are getting too much, the lush green Valdinievole area between Lucca and Florence is the perfect place to explore small churches, museums and traditional artisan crafts. For a touch of history why not visit the scenic town southwest of Florence, San Gimignano. Encircled by 13th-century walls this town is lined with medieval houses and surrounded by the breathtaking countryside with olive groves as far as the eye can see.

Just a 16 minute train ride from Lucca is the perfect summer town of Viareggio. Enjoy a day or more in this Riviera style beach resort. Take a cooling dip in the calm Tyrrhenian Sea as the sun beats down, or take a relaxing stroll along the promenade, which is lined with local shops and cafés.

Destinations in Tuscany

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Florence
Holidays in Florence allow you to experience one of Europe’s most culturally and historically significant cities. Florence is a vibrant city nestled among the idyllic green hills of Tuscany. 
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Tuscany Coast
Holidays along the Tuscany Coast take you beyond the beautiful gently undulating, tree spiked countryside that is characteristic of this enchanting part of Italy.
Well known Tuscany landscape with grain fields, cypress trees and houses on the hills at sunset. Summer rural landscape with curved road in Tuscany, Italy, Europe
Tuscany Countryside
Travel the world and you’ll still struggle to find anywhere quite like Tuscany – an unrivalled blend of medieval heritage and glorious countryside. Much of the charm comes from the region’s dreamy hills, which are accessorised with vineyards and hilltop towns.

Handpicked hotels in Tuscany

Discover the real Tuscany while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels.

Things to do in Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy is a feast for the senses, whether you choose to explore coast, countryside, take a city break, or plan a multi-centre holiday. This region in Italy is well known for its art and architecture, spectacular views, and is home to Chianti, the world’s first officially defined wine producing region.

Why not discover some unforgettable icons by exploring Pisa and Florence in a day? The world-famous Uffizi gallery is quieter in late afternoon, so first take in Pisa’s square of miracles and breath-taking leaning tower, before ending the day in Florence, viewing work by famous renaissance artists including Michelangelo. With just an hour’s train ride between the two, it’s perfect for a day trip.

Tuscany Multi Centre Holidays

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for inspiration, or call our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765055* for a bespoke multi centre

8 day suggested trip

Rome and Florence

From £1399 per person
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  • Chance to admire the magnificent interiors of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Climb the 294 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Sightsee in the iconic cities of Florence and Rome

10 day suggested trip

Tuscany Countryside and Coast

From £1255 per person
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  • Drive through the magnificent Tuscan countryside
  • Explore the beautiful city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Relax on the golden sands of the Tuscan coast
  • Stay in characterful Tuscan hotels
  • Take a wine tour in authentic Tuscan vineyards
  • View the stunning panoramics from Montepulciano

Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA). Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours. 

When to go

Tuscany is predominantly a summer destination, with the main tourist season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, this is also when Tuscany is at its busiest. However, Tuscany also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. The coast has wonderful sea breezes and the hilltop towns are much cooler than the lower countryside villages. The best time to visit is during the quieter season, from April to June and September to October when the weather is good, prices are a bit lower and there are fewer crowds. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Tuscany and Easter and Christmas are always busy.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
 
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
 
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Our recommendations

Insider tips from our well travelled team
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Linda Kulka

Tuscany has a tradition of cucina povera (simple ‘poor’ food) – using up what you’ve already got or what’s in season. It’s brought about delicious dishes such as ribollita, a filling vegetable stew, panzanella, a lovely tomato salad with soaked, day-old bread, and tomato bruschetta with Tuscan olive oil.


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