The Tuscany region in central Italy is renowned for its natural beauty, historic towns and delicious cuisine. A road trip in Tuscany is an excellent way to explore this magnificent region. In this article, we propose a 10-day itinerary to make the most of your stay in Tuscany. Of course, we'll leave you to make your own selection; there are over 100 places to visit in Tuscany. guides to Tuscany and Italy are available for sale online.
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Day 1: Arrival in Florence
Start your trip to Tuscany at Florence airport. After collecting your rental car, head for your accommodation and take your time settling in. Note that it's possible to visit car-free Tuscany and at lower cost with public transportBut then this Road Trip is not suitable. Then use your first evening to explore the city and sample the local cuisine.
Day 2: Visit Florence
Spend your second day exploring the capital of Tuscany, Florence. Don't miss such must-sees as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Ponte Vecchio and the Galleria degli Uffizi. Take time to stroll through the picturesque streets and sample some of the local specialties.
Museums and historic sites
- Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
- The Ponte Vecchio
- Galleria degli Uffizi
- Palazzo Vecchio
- The Basilica of Santa Croce
Day 3: Pisa and Lucca
On the third day, set course for Pisa to visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa for less. Take the opportunity to explore the city and its historic monuments. Then continue on to LuccaLucca is a charming medieval town surrounded by well-preserved city walls. Stroll through the narrow streets and discover the many churches and palaces for which Lucca is famous.
- The Tower of Pisa
- Campo dei Miracoli
- The Baptist
- Pisa Cathedral
- Lucca's ramparts
- San Martino Cathedral
- Palazzo Pfanner
- Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
Day 4: Siena
Then head for Sienaone of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. Stroll the cobbled streets and discover the architectural treasures this medieval city has to offer. Don't miss the magnificent Piazza del Campo, home of the annual Palio di Siena horse race.
- Piazza del Campo
- Siena Cathedral
- The Palazzo Pubblico
- The Basilica of San Domenico
Day 5: The Chianti region
On day five, set off to discover the famous Chianti wine region. Follow the winding roads and stop off in picturesque villages to taste some of Italy's finest wines (but don't overdo it :-)). You can also take advantage of the day to relax and enjoy the green countryside.
Villages and wineries
- Greve in Chianti
- Radda in Chianti
- Gaiole in Chianti
- Castellina in Chianti
Day 6: Montepulciano and Pienza
Continue your tour of Tuscany with a visit to Montepulciano, a charming hilltop town offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Be sure to taste the famous Nobile di Montepulciano wine before continuing on to Pienza, a small village known for its Renaissance architecture and pecorino cheeses.
- La Piazza Grande
- Montepulciano Cathedral
- The wine cellars of Nobile di Montepulciano
- Palazzo Piccolomini
- Piazza Pio II
- The Duomo di Pienza
Day 7: San Gimignano and Volterra
On the seventh day, discover San GimignanoThis medieval hilltop town is famous for its towers. Stroll through the narrow streets and climb to the top of the ramparts for a panoramic view of the region. Then continue on to Volterra, another historic town with a rich Etruscan heritage.
- The towers of San Gimignano
- Piazza della Cisterna
- The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta
- The Roman theater
- Palazzo dei Priori
- The Guarnacci Etruscan Museum
Day 8: The Tuscan coast
Once you've explored the interior, head for the Tuscan coast to enjoy a few relaxing days by the sea. Make a stop in Livorno, a lively port city, then continue on to Viareggio, a seaside resort renowned for its sandy beaches and its nightlife.
- Forte dei Marmi
Day 9: Elba Island
On your penultimate day in Tuscany, board a ferry for the island of Elba, just off the coast. Take advantage of this day to explore the island's heavenly beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters and sample fresh fish in the local restaurants.
The island of Elba
- Cavoli beach
- Mount Capanne
Day 10: Return to Florence, relax and swim!
On the way back to Florence, we recommend a 3-night stay at Montegufoni and leave your van / car behind. These castle apartments offer magnificent views and unbeatable value for money. It's possible to stay for just a few nights (which is rare in Tuscany, except in a hotel... but that will cost you more, with fewer services and less charm!) You'll enjoy a swimming pool, magnificent views... you name it! rest at the end of your stay. For 350eur, you'll spend 3 comfortable nights, stretched out during the day in a deckchair with a magnificent view. Click here to book online.
Finally, back in Florence, take advantage of the last few moments to visit places you may have missed, or shop for souvenirs. Finally, head back to the airport or the national airlines to France, with your heart full of unforgettable memories of your stay in Florence. road trip in Tuscany.
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