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More than food in beautiful Tuscany, Italy – BBC

There’s more to do than just cook in this popular Italian destination. Tuscany Italy has breathtaking scenery and delicious food.
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Northern Tuscany

Tuscany is renowned in every corner of the globe for its unquestionable tourist attractions, panoramas and enchanted territories.

Thousands of tourists every year, in every season, come to Tuscany for many types of tourism, indeed Tuscany offers a wide variety of possibilities to suit any touristic preferences.

Its position in northern central Italy offers one of the best climates of the entire country: Tuscany is bound to the west by the Tyrrhenian sea and to the east by the Apennine mountains. Due to this the territory is very varied including exclusive or uncontaminated beaches, ski resorts, hills and everything in between.

With many kilometers of coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea tourists find their perfect beach, or decide to spend their holiday on the many islands of the tuscan archipelago.

The most popular images of tuscany depict central regions with the well know tuscan countryside covered with smooth hills and isolated cypresses. This is the landscape in the areas surrounding the city of Siena and between Siena and Florence ( the world famous Chianti area renowned for its wines ).

Tuscany is separated by Emilia Romagna by the Apennine mountains, a mountain range that runs from north to south of the Italian peninsula.

The section of the Apennine mountain range in northern Tuscany, particularly in the province of Pistoia, has beautiful mountains which attract many tourists in every season due to the variety of sports that can be practiced in the area and for the peaceful zones offered by these mountains of the Apennines.

Lower mountains in northern Tuscany are characterized by small villages and are particularly indicated for summer tourism being rich of forests, trails, roads. Mountain bikers and hikers have plenty of excursions to choose from in Tuscany northern territories.

Nature is perfectly preserved and Tuscany mountains are rich of valleys, rivers and lakes: perfect if you’re going for a walk in the nature or just for some relax.

During winter ski is practiced in several resorts in northern Tuscany. The most important ski resort in Tuscany is Abetone which offers more than 50 km of slopes covered with perfectly groomed snow.

In case this isn’t enough to turn your interest for this area on, you’ll find a fusion of two of the most popular italian cuisines: Tuscan and Emilian.

Stefano Franceschini writes tourist guides about Tuscany Mountains and Northern Tuscany.

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Villas and Hot Spring Spas in the Tuscany Region

If you are planning to visit Tuscany for your next holiday, you may well begin right now. A vacation at Tuscany with lots of holiday resorts promises to be an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Tuscany’s hot springs and holiday resorts present a wonderful experience that cuts across cultures. These hot springs spas and holiday resorts are the choice location for vacationers from other countries in Europe and beyond.

The fun spots have a wide range of vacation activities offering excellent services at very cheap rates. These and more are what await prospective holiday makers in Tuscany. The list includes apartments, farmhouses, hotels and luxury Tuscany villas. For all the fun you wish to have, there are many hot spring spas to cater for your holiday needs. The same applies to your budget because all you need is a slim budget to make your next holiday worth remembering.

Tuscany’s hot spring spas are some of the best in the world with high quality services and a carefully planned approach to holidaying at low cost. These hot spring spas combine the features of high standards in resort management that are displayed in a fashionable manner. Tuscany has carved a niche for itself in the tourism and hospitality of Italy and Europe at large.

With Tuscany’s exotic wines and delicious cuisines, there can’t be a match for the added services provided by its numerous hot spring spas. Talking about the popular seaside hot spring spas that can be found in Tuscany, there are quite a number of them that make Tuscany one of the must-sees on all Italian tourists. It is believed that once the town is on your itinerary, you must be someone who knows the best way to relax on a low budget. There is a wealth of information on the web on all the Tuscany rental services available with pictures and descriptions of various types: farmhouses, counrty apartments and beautiful Tuscany villas. Rave reviews may also help in making informed decisions suitable for your accommodation needs.

For travelers who prefer the lowlife at the countryside or village to the hustle and bustle in the city, farm holidays are then a better option. The possibility of shared apartment housing makes it affordable for most families to have swell time throughout their Tuscany holiday. Tuscany, Italy is well known for its thermal baths. These are hot waters supplied by deep springs in the ground. Their value dates back to ancient times when they were mostly used for their healing attributes.

A variety of large and small hot springs spas have been built around Tuscany for those who wish to enjoy such services while vacationing in the city. The Tuscan region is widely respected for its thermal baths and spa pools. A few of Tuscany’s hot spring spas and hotels allow you to stay in the resort and enjoy the cool atmosphere. You can obviously stay in one of the wonderful Tuscany villas close to the baths.

These baths are composed of different minerals in the water which are widely used for healing a variety of ailments. The popular ones are mineral mud baths. Baths that are small in size are normally opened seasonally while the larger baths are open all year round. Having a bathe usually requires some amount of money in form of an admission fee. The baths have a lot of specialists who take care of their clients with their fully equipped hot spring spas. The summer break is the best time to visit the Tuscan area, especially for people who are usually on break during this time. These vacations are great for relaxation and relieving stress especially for corporate executives.

Hot springs spas can be found in many locations in Tuscany. Depending on the time available for the entire trip, one can make a stopover at any of them. However, there are some spas and springs for all those who wish to experience the best of Tuscany at an average cost. There are indoor and outdoor pools for swimming while there are those for open-air water activities. They could be waterfalls, water trails, games and water massage centers. The centers carry out treatments that range from beauty massages for spots, blemishes and cellulite reduction, to sauna and other skin and body treatment solutions.

For what to expect, there are body and facial treatments for females, bath and massage parlors, water gym, exercise equipment and more. Cheap treatment packages are available in Tuscany regardless of the type chosen. The hot springs and spas are there to add more flavor of a farm holiday in the region. For mealtime, feeding could be by self cooking or by availing oneself of the diverse restaurants scattered all around the city. Whatever you wish to enjoy in Tuscany, you can have them at the click of your mouse when you go online and make a quick search for cheap but worthwhile all-inclusive travel packages to Tuscany.

Leone Cardelli works in a travel agency and writes for, the complete resource to find Tuscany villas, farmhouses, farm holidays, country houses and other luxury accommodations in Tuscany.

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Agritourism cannot be missed while visiting Tuscany

Tuscany located in Italy is probably the most beautiful place to enjoy the country life holidays. It is a place which can give you the fell of standing below the renaissance palaces. The place holds a great architectural value with impressive monuments and Romanesque church belonging to period 100 years back. While visiting Tuscany no one can miss a chance of having an Agritourism experience there. It has a legal meaning in Tuscany and many farm owners and villa owners offer accommodation to the tourists visiting Tuscany in return of some prize. Equipped with well stored country style furniture it can be the best place to enjoy the country life. A Tuscany farm house and villas are located in the lap of motherland with the beautiful essence of nature all around.

Many of them offer a swimming pool with a magnificent view of vineyards and olive grove beats. It is the most common type of vacation there enjoyed by most of the tourist visiting Tuscany every year. Staying in a Tuscany farmhouse gives you much better experience than staying in a hotel. Farm holidays to enjoy the country life make the most memorable vacation. Tuscany in Italy is dotted with many small farms, country houses and offer you the best farm holidays. It promises a rustic atmosphere in the lap of Mother Nature. The sun of Tuscan is very easy to enjoy a sun bath along with a warm hospitality offered by Tuscany farmhouse owners. Tuscany villas surrounded by greenery are a dream house for everyone. Tuscany food is also wonderful in every ways. To dine on country life food sitting in the elm’s shed is the best thing on earth.

Sitting under the pergola and watching the farmer herd his sheep through the countryside below, sheep’s bell giving a hypnotic feeling, a bottle of best wine in front of you, watching the finely arranged vineyards, all these can be experiences only at the Tuscany Agritourism trip. Many farmhouses and villa’s are even 500 year old. The dinner is generally made from all the food grown on the farm and the farm owners also offers you the trip around the farm. A complete guide to the accommodation in Tuscany is offered by many online sites.  They show you the photos of the villas and the farmhouses around Tuscany giving you a detailed description for each one of them.  You can have a precise look at it and decide your destination. One can always have a happy vacation at Tuscany.

Find the perfect Tuscany Agriturismo, B&B, Villa, Farmhouse, Apartment rental for your vacation in Tuscany, Italy. Book your Tuscany Farmhouses directly with the owners!

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A tour in Tuscany between country and Middle Ages

If you are looking for the ancient and deep origins of italian culture, if you are looking for peace, for a mysterious atmosphere of ancient Etruscans, if you are looking for an unrepeatable landscape, here is your two days tour in Tuscany.

Chianti – Colle Val d’elsa – Volterra – San Gimignano

Starting in the morning with a rental car, you leave Florence and you take the Chiantigiana road (SS222).
Immediately you see the “green”of the unmistakable tuscan hills so famous for wine: the Chianti.
In 40 minutes you arrive in the heart of tuscan countryside and you meet small towns like Greve in Chianti or Panzano.
There you can find some typical products as the excellent olive oil or the famous red wine.

In 50 minutes you arrive to the next stop: Colle val d’Elsa.
It is highly suggested to have lunch in “high” part of the town, and to take “via del Castello” to see squares and palaces of Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Take the SS68 and in half an hour you arrive in Volterra, the etruscan city where you can spend the night.
In the old pedestrian city center you can have dinner in a special atmosphere.
The second day we suggest you to discover the city: from the Medicean fortress to the walls of XIII century, from the alabaster artisans to San Giovanni square with the cathedral, the baptistery and the ancient hospital.

In the afternoon, before returning to Florence you take  the SS68 again, and you can go towards San Gimignano, which is 30 minutes away.
You can not finish your tour in Tuscany without visiting this medieval old town characterized by high towers and important church of its glorious past.

Your trip ends returning with the road which pass through San Casciano, to enjoy the golden hills at the sunset light, before you arrive to the urban florentine reality.

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