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Holidays in Tuscany, from the seaside to the countryside
The marvels of the Tuscan coast and inland
Are you looking for a destination for your holidays? In Tuscany you can choose the sunny coast, surrounded by beautiful unspoilt landscapes, as well as the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago — Elba to Giannutri, Giglio and Capraia. Or maybe you prefer walking in the Chianti hills, with picture-perfect views and world-famous wine?
From the coast...
Sea at Maremma Natural Park
Sea at Maremma Natural Park- Credit:  Alexandra Gomez

If you’re looking for waves and fun, Versilia is a must with its long beaches. The nightlife along the coast, from Viareggio to Forte dei Marmi, is hopping with a busy calendar of events, trendy discos and legendary clubs.

 

If you’re the hiking type, the Etruscan Coast is your ideal destination, allowing you to immerse yourself in the scents and colours of a breathtakingly beautiful coastline, dotted with charming towns, from Calafuria to San Vincenzo. It is called Etruscan Coast because it was the Etruscans’ favourite coastal area, and the ancient civilization left behind endless traces of their time here, especially in Populonia, where you can visit the Archaeological Park and Museum

 

Maremma, the southern-most strip of Tuscany’s coastline, offers untouched landscapes, crystal-clear sea and golden sand beaches punctuated by seaside towns like Capalbio and Orbetello. A stopover at the Tuscan Archipelago is a must for anyone seeking a full experience of the local seaside. The turquoise waters of Elba Island and the natural paradise of the Isola del Giglio are not to be missed, as well as the volcanic island of Capraia, with its savage beauty. These are some of the best places to go diving in Tuscany.

...to the hills
Chianti landscape
Chianti landscape- Credit:  Aske Holst

Besides the coastline, touring in-land offers all sorts of surprises. The softly rolling hills of Chianti which spread over the provinces of Florence and Siena are full of charming small towns to explore. Wander through the historic centres before stopping to sample the local dishes accompanied by a glass of Chianti Classico.

 

If you love this kind of trip, you should also explore the magical Crete Senesi, the picturesque landscape which defines the Tuscan dream: gentle hills dotted with wheat, cypress and olive trees. From the medieval village of Asciano to the spiritual beauty of Abbey of Monte Uliveto, immerse yourself in history and nature, far from the hectic schedule of your daily life and relax in the Tuscan summer sun.

 

Less famous than Chianti Area and Crete Senesi is Val di Chiana that embraces Arezzo and Siena provinces. This beautiful countryside features Etruscan remains and is the place where the Chianina cattle is raised. That's why here - if you're not vegetarian - you should try a grilled Chianina beef!

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