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Beaches and marinas wind into pretty piazzas and warrens of intriguing streets. That’s the gist of Tuscany’s treasure trove. Whether you’re into old ruins and museums, or prefer epic waterparks, you’ll find plenty of great things to do throughout the resorts. Boutique shops and vineyards are the cherries on top…
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Donoratico

Long, smooth sands, vineyards close at hand, and the scent of pine trees on the breeze – that’s the charm of Donoratico.

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Montepulciano

This artistic hideaway is an S-shaped town surrounded by medieval old walls. Red wines have enjoyed a long history here, but so have religious buildings – take a walk around the many churches.

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Volterra

With its Etruscan origins, reputation for making alabaster objects and trinkets, and fascinating old city walls, Volterra has got a lot to show off.

Language

Italian

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

€3.50

3 course meal

€20

Flight times

3-4.5hrs

A window into the past

Religious hermitages and characterful churches aren’t hard to find around the region. You’ll come across plenty of architectural marvels across Lucca and Siena, too. But Volterra’s another top choice for history buffs – wander around the classic Italian square and what’s left of its remarkable Roman theatre. 

Enlightening edibles

It’s all about bold Italian flavours in these parts. Rich meats, creamy pastas, sumptuous seafood – the mains are irresistible. Dine by the seafront or in resort centres – either way, there’ll be no more rumbling stomachs. Enjoy aperitivo hours, glasses of chianti, and scoops of gelato.

Forever Siena

Meet locals and friends alike in the Piazza del Campo, where its café-lined borders add to the atmospheric buzz. For a piece of fascinating history, the intricate Siena Cathedral is waiting. Stroll around the university’s botanical gardens, enjoy a night at the opera, and sample the fruity flavours of Siena’s cake, panforte.

Beaches

Tuscany’s got 400km of coastline to play with, so settle on a soft sandy spot and drink in the seafront scenery. Have a paddle as the waves shelve against the shore, or simply kick back and chill out. Many of the area’s beaches have promenades and dinky towns to explore, too.

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Bagno Angelo Beach

Bagno Angelo Beach

Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany

This popular beach is clean and well maintained, equipped with tents, umbrellas and private changing rooms. The staff can help you with whatever type of seating, shade and privacy you are after. The food at...
Bagno Maurizio

Bagno Maurizio

Viareggio, Tuscany

You have to pay to go on most sections of the beach but at the Bagno Maurizio you get your money’s worth. The service is friendly and you can use the sun loungers, parasols and showers. It’s peaceful with no...

Sights

Architectural treats and treasures are in abundance around the countryside. History buffs can get stuck into ancient palaces, traditional town halls, and even some well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wind and weave around cobbled streets and old towns, and you’ll soon get a snapshot of the past.

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Eremo Le Celle

Eremo Le Celle

Tuscany

If you’re around Cortona, take a detour over to this Franciscan hermitage – you won’t regret it. These old dwellings can be viewed from afar, and are currently lived in by seven friars who continue their...
Forte Lorenese

Forte Lorenese

Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany

Visit this city centre monument for a laugh – it’s now home to the Museum of Satire and Caricature. It was built in the eighteenth century by the Lorraine dynasty to defend the town from attack and see what...

Activities

From waterparks to woodlands, you’ll have plenty to see and do. Whizz off by car to uncover the best bits. There’s a quintet of remarkable waterfront towns to traverse, and a handful of mega museums too. Make a start with ticking off those boxes in Volterra or Cecina.

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Acqua Village Cecina

Acqua Village Cecina

Tuscany

Sure, a Hawaiian-themed waterpark in the thick of the Tuscan countryside sounds a bit bonkers, but you’re in for thrills galore, whatever your age! Take the kids or go as a group – you’ll have rapid slides,...
Cavallino Matto Amusement Park

Cavallino Matto Amusement Park

Donoratico, Tuscany

Cavallino Matto amusement park has rides for all ages and levels of thrill-seeker, some with height and age restrictions. There’s everything from the carousel, log flume and flat rides to white-knuckle...

Eating and drinking

Turn umming and ahhing into oohing and mmming. You’ll be spoilt for choice with every menu you look at, so you won’t struggle to find your perfect pizza or pasta! Get set for tempting, tantalising mouthfuls of fresh fish and seafood, risotto, rich soups, and fruity gelato.

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Caffetteria il Giardino

Caffetteria il Giardino

Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany

Take a seat among the planters, order a cool drink and relax in this popular hangout. Il Giardino has built its name on an easy ambiance and friendly service. Breakfast is a buzzing affair and snacks are served...
Cooking classes

Cooking classes

Viareggio, Tuscany

Add true Tuscan flavour to your trip to Viareggio with a cooking class in professional kitchen at a top seafood restaurant. In a small group choose and make typical Tuscan foods which appeal to you, such as...

Shopping

Whether it’s malls or markets you’re after, you’ll be well catered-for here. So, you can shop for those this-season must-haves in your high-street favourites, or even opt for a little touch of luxury in the boutiques. But quaint streets regularly host colourful stalls, so make sure you rock up on the right day.

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Antique market

Antique market

Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany

If you like art and antiques, this market is sure to delight. Sellers from all over Italy gather at Piazza Dante every second weekend of the month to sell everything from furniture to books, jewellery, art and...
Boutiques, antiques and markets

Boutiques, antiques and markets

Lido Di Camaiore, Tuscany

You’ll be well placed to enjoy some retail therapy in Lido di Camaiore, as there are weekly open-air markets, small boutiques and antique shops to lose yourself in. Find a handcrafted gift to take home to a...

Nightlife

The general pace is very laid-back. So, keep it low-key with a glass of wine in a rustic pub. You’ll find a couple of cute seaside places in Marina di Cecina. But the bars get a bit busier in the more cosmopolitan parts. Aperol Spritzes go down so well in chic Siena.

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A night out in Marina di Cecina

A night out in Marina di Cecina

Tuscany

Relaxed bars around the seafront aren’t hard to come by. Some are better known as cafés, while others are proper beach bars with a focus on chilled drinks by the shore. They’re great joints for simply hanging...
Bars in central Siena

Bars in central Siena

Tuscany

Character and charm are two key elements of a night out in Siena. Across the range of bars, you’ll have your pick of cosy bars, tea room-style joints, modern monochrome venues, and sleek enotecas. Sip a cold...
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