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Quick travel tips from Tuscany

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Tuscany in Italy is a wonderful travel destination, with a rich history, culture and beautiful landscapes. Here are some tips for what you can do and see in Tuscany:

  • Explore Florence:

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and one of the most visited cities in Italy. The city is known for its art, history and architecture. Visit Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace.

  • Visit Pisa:

Pisa is famous for its Leaning Tower and is one of the most visited cities in Tuscany. You can visit the Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli and the Baptistery.


  • Visit Siena:

Siena in Tuscany, Italy (c) Ingar Næss

Siena, Italy is a beautiful city located in the Tuscany region of Italy. The city is known for its Gothic architecture, its picturesque old town and its famous equestrian event called the Palio di Siena. Here are some tips for what you can see and do during your visit:

  • Visit Piazza del Campo: This is the city's central square and one of the most famous attractions in Siena. The square's curved shape makes it a unique place to relax and admire the historic buildings that surround it.

  • Watch the Palio di Siena: This is a horse race held twice a year, once in July and once in August. It is one of the most popular events in Siena and attracts visitors from all over the world.

  • Visit the Duomo di Siena: This is the city's Gothic cathedral and another of Siena's most famous attractions. The cathedral is famous for its beautiful facade and for its impressive interior which includes works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello and Pinturicchio.

  • Explore the old town: Siena's old town is a maze of narrow streets and narrow alleys filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. It's a great way to spend an afternoon wandering around and exploring the city on your own.

  • Try local dishes: Siena is famous for its food and has a number of local specialties that you should try. This includes pastas such as pici, ribollita (a Tuscan soup), and bistecca alla fiorentina (a large steak from a special type of ox).

  • Taste Tuscan cuisine:

Tuscan cuisine is known for its simplicity and use of local ingredients. Try the famous steak from the Chianina bull, pappardelle pasta with wild boar ragu and ribollita soup.


  • Wine tour:

Tuscany is famous for its wine production, especially the Chianti wine. Take the time to plan a wine tour and taste some of the best wines from the region.

  • Visit the beautiful towns of Val d'Orcia:

Val d'Orcia is a region in Tuscany, Italy, known for its beautiful landscapes and picturesque towns. Here are some of the beautiful towns you should visit when you are in Val d'Orcia.


San Quirico is known for its beautiful churches and for being a great place to explore the countryside in the area. This beautiful village has an impressive city wall, a Renaissance church and a watchtower. There are also many great restaurants and shops here.

  • Pienza: Pienza is a small town that was built in the 15th century by Pope Pius II. The city is known for its beautiful Renaissance architecture and for being the birthplace of pecorino cheese.

Montalcino is one of the many beautiful old towns from the 16th century
  • Montalcino: Montalcino is another small town known for its wine production. The town is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine, which is recognized as one of the best wines in Italy.

  • Montepulciano: Montepulciano is another beautiful town located on a hill with a wonderful view of the Val d'Orcia. The town is known for its wine production and for its beautiful Renaissance buildings.

You just have to be happy (c) Ingar Næss
  • Bagno Vignoni: Bagno Vignoni is a small village known for its hot springs and spas. The town has a long history of thermal water use and is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This small community has a unique attraction - a natural hot water pool right in the center. Take a dip and relax in the warm water while enjoying the view of the surrounding countryside.

  • Eat local cuisine: Tuscan cuisine is known for its simplicity and authenticity. Try local delicacies such as Pici (a type of pasta), Florentine steak, Pappa al Pomodoro (a tomato and bread soup) and Pecorino cheese.

  • Visit the Abbey of Sant'Antimo: This beautiful Romanesque church is surrounded by meadows and vines and is known for its beautiful architecture and musical tradition.

  • Take a hot air balloon ride: Get a spectacular view of the Val d'Orcia by taking a hot air balloon ride. It is a fantastic way to experience the beautiful landscape and it can be an experience of a lifetime.

  • Take your time: Val d'Orcia is a place to relax and enjoy life. Take your time to stroll around the villages, enjoy good food and drink, and take in the wonderful views of the beautiful countryside.

Val d'Orcia is only a few minutes from San Quirico (c) Ingar Næss

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Here are some tips on appropriate dress, gestures and greetings in Tuscany:


Appropriate attire:

Generally speaking, Tuscany is a fairly relaxed region in terms of dress code. However, when visiting cathedrals, churches and other holy places, it is important to cover your shoulders and not wear shorts or short skirts.

In the summer, it may be a good idea to wear light clothes that are comfortable in the heat.


Gesture:

Italians are known to be gesticulating when they speak, but gesturing can be different in different parts of the country. In Tuscany it is common to use the hands and facial expressions to express oneself and to emphasize what is being said. In general, it is best to be conscious of not gesticulating too much or excessively.


Greetings:

When greeting in Tuscany, it is customary to kiss each other on both cheeks (air kiss). This applies both between friends and when meeting someone for the first time. You can also say "buongiorno" (good day) or "buonasera" (good evening) when greeting someone.


More about dress code

In general, most cathedrals and churches in Italy have a dress code that requires the shoulders and knees to be covered. However, the level of dress code enforcement may vary from place to place.

Some of the most famous and visited cathedrals in Italy known to have a strict dress code include:

Peter's Basilica in Vatican City: Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees, and short pants, shorts and sleeveless tops are also prohibited. Women must also cover their heads.

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence: Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees, and short trousers, shorts and sleeveless tops are also prohibited.

Basilica di San Marco in Venice: Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees, and short trousers, shorts and sleeveless tops are also prohibited.

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome: Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees, and short trousers, shorts and sleeveless tops are also prohibited.

However, it's worth noting that many smaller churches and cathedrals may also have strict dress codes, so it's always a good idea to check specific requirements before visiting a venue.


I hope these tips help you understand how to show respect for the culture and traditions of Tuscany when you travel there!



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