- Tuscany Luxury holidays
The iconic image of a Tuscan villa is the epitome of luxury travel for many people, in a region that seems to have it all, from rolling landscape cultivated by vineyards and olive groves, to more than its fair share of all-time great artworks, and the dramatic backdrop of the Apennine Mountains in the distance. Tuscany is one of those places where you go intending to stay for a week, and end up returning again and again until it feels like a true home from home.
Tuscany's towns - see the art, watch the people
People-watching is a popular pastime in Italy in general, and in Florence you are likely to see locals sitting outside with a coffee, watching the world walk by. You may even be asked to pay extra for a seat outside, rather than sitting just inside at a window seat. Florence is also famous as an art city, both in terms of the work on exhibit, and its built environment, while it is hard to resist a trip to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower.
Fly the rainbow flag in Tuscany
Tuscany has perhaps the world's longest-lasting openly gay heritage, dating all the way back to the Renaissance and individuals including Leonardo Da Vinci. Florence and Pisa are among the Tuscan towns where gay marriages can be recorded in the present day, while Torre del Lago is the summer destination of choice for many gay people, as it has been for over a decade. Equality on grounds of sexual persuasion is enshrined in Tuscan law, and in 2004 it became Italy's first region to enact laws protecting against discrimination across the full spectrum of orientation and gender identity.
When should I visit Tuscany?
Thoughts of olive groves and vineyards basking in the sunlight are not far from the truth, and the summer in Tuscany is quite warm - and on occasion can be very hot. Either side of this peak season, the temperatures are, of course a little lower – some travellers might find this more comfortable. However, it's worth remembering that accommodation is often built at the top of a hill, while the open spaces of Tuscany mean the cooling breezes are not obstructed. As such, even without air conditioning, an open window can make a warm night much more comfortable.
What's on offer on a luxury holiday?
With a luxury holiday you can enjoy prestigious hotels and amazing experiences from the moment you arrive. If you want to enjoy picture perfect views from your hotel balcony, make it happen. If you want to dine on pizza, pasta, and gelato, tuck in. The object of a luxury holiday is to ensure you have the best possible experience. Everything from your hotel class to its location is completely up to you. Paying a little extra will always enhance the luxury of your holiday too. Tuscany is one of the most popular luxury holiday destinations in Italy. With fantastic food, historic towns, and dreamy landscapes, it's no wonder so many fall in love with this charming region.