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Tuscany – A Fantastic part of Italy

Tuscany is a fantastic part of Italy to choose for your next holiday. With so much to see and do, the biggest problem you’ll have to face will be deciding what to do first! From cities of art and culture, to the Chianti Vineyards, from the cosmopolitan beach resorts to holding up the leaning tower of Pisa, the beautiful, eclectic area of Tuscany in Italy offers it all.

My base was the seaside resort of Viareggio – very popular with Italians and fairly untouched by tourism from outside Italy, so you really know you are abroad. There are no fish and chips on offer here, but there are plenty of fabulous Italian cuisine fish dishes being a speciality. Most of the beaches in Viareggio are private, so are very well-kept, but beware – you may have to pay to use them if they’re not included in your hotel package. The area of Viareggio is also famous for the composer Puccini and in August they perform one of his operas at the lake side, outside his house – a must for any opera lovers!

Of course the most famous city in this area is Florence. Seeped in art history and home to the Uffizi museum, where the famous statue of David stands guard, join the well-dressed Florentines as you take a stroll over the Ponte Vecchio, admiring the jewellery. Take a walk through the beautiful Boboli gardens, with their ornamental lakes and palazzo. Art, history, shops and restaurants – this city really does offer something for everyone.

Then who could go to Tuscany and not have their photo taken whilst holding up the leaning tower of Pisa? Set in the Piazza dei Miracoli (“Square of Miracles”), together with the baptistery and the cathedral, where it is believed Galileo formed his theory of pendulum movement by watching the lamp swinging from the nave. The square is a tourist hub and full of stalls where you can buy your very own tower to take home!

Italy holidays don’t stop here. A must-visit is the medieval town of Siena, situated in the Tuscan hills and built around three hills coming together in the Piazza del Campo – home to the famous Palio horserace. Another great location is San Gimignano – my personal favourite – with a skyline dominated by 11th century towers, which are said to have been built as a sign of wealth. The higher the tower, the richer you were. Another must-see are the beautiful frescos in the Duomo.

Lucca, birthplace of Puccini, is yet another lovely town to spend a morning walking around, with its ancient walls. Take a drive up into Chianti, filled with wine vineyards and olive groves, where of course you can have a stop to taste the wares and if all this is still not enough, fit in a boat trip across to the beautiful and peaceful island of Elba.

The main airports for Tuscany are Pisa and Florence, although you can get to Florence easily by train from most other Italian cities.

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