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Tuscany is one of those places that congers up so many images. Sipping wine and eating fine cheese from a 15th century villa over looking the rolling the hills and mountains. Amazing historic monuments like the leaning towers of Pisa and the power of Medici family, which can still be felt in the area. The mixture of natural beauty and human arts is not felt elsewhere in the world to such extremes. For many people visiting Italy they can go to Tuscany and just never leave.
Tuscany is about 23,000 square kilometres big and has a population of about 3.75 million. From rolling hills to plains to mountains and coastline Tuscany has a very diverse geography. In order to enjoy it all be sure to get out of the cities and spend some time in the country side. The Arno River is the main river cutting down Tuscany and it has been known to flood in the past.
To list all of the famous sights and activities in Tuscany here would be just too long. Tuscany is rich is culture, history and natural beauty. There are some things that are not to be missed and here is a few.
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Tuscany has very mild winters with infrequent snow and very hot summers. The best time of year to visit is during the first few weeks of April to mid May. The summer months are extremely hot and the sights can be very crowded. Mid-September to October is a good time for a visit as well. Temperatures are mostly around 20-25 °C during the spring and fall months, perfect for relaxing and activities.
The European Rail systems connects to most of the major Tuscan cities with Florence as the main hub. There are frequent connections to other Italian cities. Check Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's State Railways, for more information.
All the major cities in Tuscany are connected by train. The lines running in the area are very quick and good. Remember bus can also be an option to most smaller towns.
The buses connecting the bigger cities to smaller towns can be great. Remember to self punch your bus ticket because the fine is very high if you don't.
Tuscany is known for its great food, although not sea food because it is an inland region. The best things to try here are wild bore and amazing veil. The cheese are to die for and should be consumed in mass quantities, preferably with some great local wine (see below).
Wine is the drink of choice in this area. Many of the local Tuscan wines cannot be bought anywhere else in the world. Remember that sometimes the house wine in local restaurants may be better then most of the wine on the wine list.
There are sleeping options for any budget in Tuscany. Remember during the high seasons places can be booked months in advance.
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I've been living in Italy for the last 4 years, now living in Florence and all this period I've been trying to visit as many places as possible, following my Italian friends' advice.
Florence and Tuscany are my field of expertise :) so I'd be happy to give you a hand on choosing places to visit, wines and food to taste, places to sleep.
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