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Centre of wine, connoisseurs and Italian joie de vivre

One of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans is Italy. The boot-shaped country on the Mediterranean Sea offers a thousand good reasons for an unforgettable holiday. On the longest coast in Europe you can enjoy pure sun, beach and sea. But also the rich history of Italy and beautiful regions, such as Tuscany , promise an unforgettable holiday for every taste. Experience “La Dolce Vita” (sweet life) – with a delicious pizza or a typical pasta dish accompanied by a good drop of wine from the region. The hospitality and joie de vivre for which the Italians are known will win you over in every way.

The best means of transport to explore the country is by car. The resulting flexibility allows you to drive to many small towns, villages and wineries and combine them with each other. The nature you will discover during the trip is breathtaking! You will have to plan many photo stops.

Agriturismo – Original farms, extensively renovated

Fields in Tuscany
Dreamlike fields in Tuscany, Image: Jaroslaw Pawlak / shutterstock

Maybe you’ve heard of “agriturismo”? These are holiday apartments or houses on original farms, which have usually been very extensively renovated. Often the owners of the accommodations live on the property and there is a farm that allows you to buy regional products, watch the production or enjoy a wine tasting. Many accommodations have a pool and a large garden surrounded by nature. The Agiturismo is especially recommended for families with children or larger groups. This is probably the most authentic way to get to know the country and experience it with all your senses.

Great places to visit in Tuscany

If you are interested in a holiday in Tuscany where wine and regional products are particularly important, there are of course many excursion options such as Florence and Pisa , which offer a number of sights and are definitely worthwhile. However, you will be particularly enchanted by the small, less touristy villages and towns of the region, which have their very own charm.

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Lucca, Tuscany
Italian flair in Lucca, Image: Catarina Belova / shutterstock

Typical for Tuscany are the extensive cypress hills on which old manor houses or renovated farms stand – a real feast for the eyes! On the hills, far away from mass tourism, you will always find smaller villages that convince with their originality. In the well-known wine-growing region “Chianti” you will find, for example, the small village of Montefioralle. It is located about 1 hour away from Florence and is therefore very easy to organize as a day trip. Stroll through the quaint, typical Tuscan alleys, drink a good Italian coffee in a small café and take the time to observe the visitors and locals of the village. Very interesting encounters and good conversations often take place here.

Another very worthwhile destination is the small municipality of Ciuffenna. It is located in the province of Arezzo and is still very original. The small river “Loro”, which flows through the city, particularly characterizes the cityscape. Small bridges, cafés and old houses make the village a place of peace. In good weather, be sure to take the time to swim in the river and let the small village work its magic on you!

What culinary speciality do you associate with Italy besides pizza and pasta? That’s right – ice cream! But where can you find the best ice cream in the region? The town of San Gimignano is particularly known for the sweet temptation – especially the ice cream parlour “Gelateria Dondoli”. The shop was not crowned “Gelato World Champion” for nothing. A little tip: Try to avoid Thursday during the peak holiday season. On this day there is a weekly market and it is a bit more difficult to find a parking space there. Of course, it is also worth taking a walk through the alleys of the medieval town centre in San Gimignano, which has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Compared to other towns, San Gimignano still has some medieval towers that shape the cityscape in a very special way.

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Ponte Sospeso – Great photo opportunity over the Lima River

Ponte Sospeso
Ponte Sospeso, Image: Silever / shutterstock

For all those who are still looking for a very special photo motif on holiday, a stop at the 220-metre-long suspension bridge “Ponte Sospeso” near the village of Mammiano is a good idea. At the highest point, you stand 35 meters above the small Lima River. The bridge is located in the middle of a forest and at that time gave workers the opportunity to take a shortcut on their way to work. Not everyone dares to cross the suspension bridge to the other side. It is a small dizzying adventure when the bridge starts to shake a little in the wind. But even if you don’t dare to pass the bridge, you should definitely take a look!

Would you like to combine your round trip in Tuscany with a stay at the beach? That’s no problem at all either! The port city of Livorno, an Italian province on the west coast below Pisa, offers the ideal conditions for a bathing extension. Directly on the northern city limits there are several worthwhile sandy beaches. They offer tourists fine sandy, spacious bays, many entertainment options and pure holiday feeling. Good to know: Unlike in most European countries, many beaches in Italy are privately owned. Often these beach sections are connected to a restaurant or beach club, so you can use them with admission. Umbrellas and deck chairs are often already included in the price. Here you should inform yourself in detail beforehand.