1. Florence At Sunset
Florence is a wonderful city filled with culture and life. There are numerous plazas to enjoy as well as some of the most famous cultural sites on the planet. The city swells with people in the summer, but don’t let that stop you. The energy, the streets, and the food will all get you into the atmosphere. The Piazza Michelangelo offers the best view of the city. Take a stroll up the hill on the edge of the city to take in the wonderful architecture and beauty of this famous city of the renaissance.
2. The Leaning Tower Of Pisa
The famous slanted tower is a can’t miss when traveling through Italy’s wine country. The structure is the bell tower to the cathedral of the city and is located in the same plaza. The tower was completed in 1372 after almost 200 years of work. Though the lean is unintentional it is certainly a happy accident. Can you get the tower standing up straight again?
3. The Tuscan Hills
The rolling hills of this area of Northern Italy are some of the most beautiful in the world. The landscape is especially magical at sunrise and sunset. The sun paints the sky with orange and purple while the green grass of the hills starts to glow. There are few other places in the world more perfectly paired with a great glass of wine and your favorite person.
4. Learn To Cook A Tuscan Meal
Italians can cook a meal! And they won’t be shy to teach you how. In Tuscany you can learn how to make some traditional foods ranging from appetizers all the way down to a sweet sugary desert. The highlight will of course be the pasta. You can make your own noodles from scratch and reap the rewards of your hard work.
5. Wine Tasting and Grape Stomping
When many people think of Tuscany they think of wine. Well, there’s a reason and it’s that the Tuscans are proud of their tradition. Wine is everywhere in the region. Not only are there bottles of wine ready for you to consume, but the hills are littered with grapes ready to be turned into the good stuff. It seems that if you own land in Tuscany, you grow grapes in Tuscany. Take advantage of this rich heritage and visit one of the many vineyards to give their product a try. Look hard enough and maybe you can be a grape harvester and wine maker for the day (queue the ‘I Love Lucy’ episode).
6. The Cyprus Trees
The landscape of Tuscany creates an unforgettable image to any visitor. One of the most iconic sights in the area is the cypress trees. These trees are often planted in long rows along roads or walking paths. They’re used to lead visitors to large estates or important buildings. One can’t help but scan their eyes across the horizon in Tuscany and not be drawn in by these beautiful plants.
Though the creamy milk and sugar concoction is available throughout the country, Tuscans seem to have the most fun with their chilled desert. Maybe it has something to do with getting a cool treat on a warm Tuscan day?
8. Riding Through The Countryside
Get a bike, or a car, or a vespa. Just get something to get you mobile and explore the surrounding area. The region of Tuscany isn’t so big that it can’t be enjoyed in a few days. They will be days that you won’t soon forget.
Siena is one of the three major cities in the region and certainly feels the oldest. The streets are windy and flanked by tall buildings. This city feels like the most “classic Italian” with its narrow throughways, hills, and architecture. In the summer you’ll find clothes hanging outside windows, people enjoying a mid day meal on a patio, or children kicking a ball in a square.
10. The Architecture
The architecture of Tuscany deserves its own special mention. There is a feeling unlike any other place in the country. The bricks, arches, landmarks, and everyday buildings pull you into the atmosphere of the area. The people of Tuscany are proud of their heritage and work hard to preserve the feeling of closeness. Take a stroll through any street and you’ll feel it for yourself.