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Things to DO in Tuscany

So you've probably read up on all the things there are to SEE in Tuscany but how about the things to DO? A vacation in Tuscany offers so very much, from the experience of standing below Renaissance palaces, impressive monuments and Romanesque churches built hundreds and hundreds of years ago to the wonderment of seeing in person masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo and many other greats.

But after you've been to a few museums and admiring the works of art, it all sort of starts to look the same, right? We've been there, too, so we know how it can be! We suggest you read about and consider including a few other activities in addition to sightseeing that will make your holiday in Tuscany memorable!

How about renting a bike and exploring the hills and villages in Chianti? How about spending a morning learning about wines and tasting great Tuscan wines such as Brunello, Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Chianti? How about spending a morning or afternoon in the kitchen, learning a few select, choice Tuscan recipes that you can enjoy immediately thereafter? How about exploring the Tuscan countryside on foot on a day hike? We have these and many more suggestions so keep on reading!

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Flying over the skies of the Val d'Orcia on a Hot Air Balloon

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Romantic Tuscany: Where Romance is Everywhere

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Top Summer Sagras in Tuscany

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A day of relaxation at Asmana Wellness World

Head to the Asmana Wellness World for a day of pampering yourself and your partner with water whirlpools, massages, saunas and steam baths and massages, resting and recharging your body and soul.

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Top 5 Summer Activities in Tuscany

Travelling Tuscany in Summer is loaded with fun activities - some of which are best enjoyed only in the months of June, July & August. Outdoor concerts and food festivals make the top of our list.  Read more to find out what else we suggest.

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Wine Tasting in Tuscany

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Via Francigena: Follow the Medieval Pilgrimage Route to Rome

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime! Follow the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as they made their way from as far as Canterbury passing through the hills and valleys of Tuscany in search of plenary indulgence from the Pope and God in Rome.

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Tuscan Cooking Lessons with Kitchen Chez Nous

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Saturnia and its Thermal Baths

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Siena's Cathedral - The Duomo in Siena

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Duomo of San Gimignano

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The Ultimate Chianti Wine Experience at La Lastra

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Steam Engine Trains in Tuscany

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Top 5 Winter Activities in Tuscany

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The Great Outdoors in Tuscany

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