Tuscany is a truly fascinating region of Italy that has been inhabited for centuries. It was inhabited by the Etruscans, Romans and was a centre of the Renaissance. Finding hotels in this region makes touring the province simple and as one of the largest repositories of art in the world, the chance to see some of the seminal artistic pieces in history is an opportunity not to be missed.
Tuscany is not however just about art, tourists will enjoy touring the outstanding scenery and those who love the finer things in life will be satisfied by the simple yet ultimately sumptuous local cuisine and wines; with a wealth of hotels you will not be stuck for somewhere to stay.
Naturally Florence is the first location that comes to mind when thinking of Tuscany. This is where the art works of Michelangelo and Da Vinci are kept as well as many others. There are paintings, all manner of sculptures and frescoes, not too mention the magnificent architecture. The city itself however is a bit of a honey trap for tourists, full of overpriced and busy hotels. A better solution is to find hotels in the surrounding area. This has two major benefits; firstly you will be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and secondly you will be able to wake up in the awe inspiring countryside of Tuscany.
The countryside of Tuscany is truly spectacular. With rolling hills dotted with farm hotels and small villages. The chance to tour the fields lined with poplar trees in the warm breeze should not be passed up. Whether a keen biker or walker, the countryside in Tuscany will fulfil your requirements, clearly you do not have to visit the cities to enjoy your holiday in Tuscany.
For those who like to pamper themselves there are many spa hotels in Tuscany that make ideal relaxation locations. With a wealth of mineral and spa waters in this region of Italy, healthcare has become an increasingly large part of the Tuscan tourism industry. Some of these spa hotels and resorts are world renowned and have built up reputations over the last century. The thermal waters and their benefits were realised by the Romans and there is no reason for you not realise them either. If visiting the cities, a spa bath at the end of the day is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate yourself for the next day's sightseeing.
Of the cities there is obviously Florence but of equal worth is Pisa. More than just the location of the famous leaning tower, it has wondrous architecture and fine hotels that make a brilliant romantic excursion. Another city of note is Siena; this medieval city has many exquisite examples of houses and towers while as with much of Tuscany, art plays a major part in the attractions located within the city. For an understanding of the Etruscan culture Volterra should be visited; with a fabulous selection of Etruscan cinerary urns and other sarcophagi, the views of this ancient people are displayed in terms of life, art and death.
Tuscany truly is place to visit for all seasons and has a wealth of attractions that will give all visitors something worthwhile to gain from their trip. With many brilliant hotels in the region ranging from large modern city hotels to medieval town houses and fine country villas; no matter what type of trip you are planning Tuscany will satisfy your needs. So think about sitting on a warm Tuscan evening enjoying the famous meat dishes with a glass of Chianti in your hand; with flights as cheap as they are presently, the dream could become a reality easier than you think.
Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks at the range of Tuscany hotels and ideas for holidays in this unique region of Italy.