Tuscany in the summer offers many ideas to meet wonderful holidays. Just like in all other seasons, to be honest. Traditions, events, landscapes and outdoor activities are just some of the attractions of this wonderful land.
The countryside, the crystalline waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the museums, the woods, the lakes; these are just some of the places where you can spend the summer in Tuscany in search of a bit of fresher air.
When one thinks of Tuscany, one immediately imagines the gentle slopes of the countryside, but one forgets that this region is also home to seven beautiful islands off its coast.
It is therefore possible to plan a Tuscan holiday by passing from one island to another: Elba island, Capraia, Pianosa, Giannutri, Giglio. These are the splendid destinations that Tuscany offers to those seeking complete immersion in the sea.
The islands of Montecristo and Gorgona cannot be visited, but the other 5 aforementioned will allow any tourist to fall totally in love with the Tuscan archipelago.
Crystal clear waters, golden beaches, rocks headlong into the sea, dream landscapes, small villages full of charm, picturesque ports: these are some of the attractions that the Tuscan archipelago puts on the table for your summer.
If you don’t want to rely on a ferry but still love the sea, in Tuscany you will be spoiled for choice.
There are places like Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio or Follonica that are part of the Italian socio-cultural tradition. Here you can experience the typical maritime tourism, made up of equipped beaches during the day, and clubs and discos in the evening.
If you like something more spartan, you can stay in the marinas, such as Marina di Bibbona, which practically consist of campsites, holiday homes and free beaches. The ideal destination for families
Everything has already been said about the Tuscan cities of art. It could therefore be an alternative idea to stay in one of the many historic villages, and then take some trips out of town to Florence or Lucca.
Among the villages, one cannot fail to start by mentioning Volterra, located on a hill and surrounded by walls, an agglomeration that dates back to the Etruscan era. From there you can enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire region.
Casale Marittimo, in the province of Pisa, is also on a hill, just 12 km from the sea. The brick and stone buildings in terracotta date back to around the year 1000.
And if you are looking for an isolated place, the answer is Buonconvento, in the province of Siena.
Reachable by train and then with a short walk, it is a medieval village that houses a wonderful museum of Sacred Art.
To live a different experience than usual, during your stay in Tuscany you can participate in one of the events organized by one of the 3 regional astronomical and planetary observatories.
These are: the Arcetri observatory, the Stia Planetarium and the Chianti Observatory.
In particular, it is worth not missing the “Perseids” show, the meteor shower that occurs every year between July 17th and August 24th.
On the occasion of the summer solstice of June 21, however, the Duomo of Florence usually organizes an event to celebrate the first gnomon that was installed here in 1475.
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