How to Spend One Perfect Day in Tuscany

March 5, 2013 by

Day Trips, Sightseeing, Things To Do, Tours & Activities, Travel Tips

Perfect Tuscan hillside.

Defining what constitutes a “perfect day” in Tuscany, or anywhere else on earth, is downright impossible. One person’s version of perfect is completely different than the next person’s, and never the twain shall meet. In Tuscany, however, if you only have one day, you have a few options to create the perfect day for you. Of course, there are many more options besides just the three listed here, but these three should give you a good idea of what’s possible in Tuscany in just one day.

Go For a Drive

There are few days more memorable than the ones that include no fixed itinerary, stunning scenery in every direction, and ample opportunities for gorging on great food and wine. Even if you’re not driving your own car for your whole Italy trip, you can easily rent a car for a day while in Tuscany just to experience those gorgeous Tuscan hills and back-roads everyone talks so much about. Get yourself a really good (AKA detailed) driving map of the area and set out in the direction of a town that sounds interesting. Then duck off down any road that strikes your fancy. Stop along the way to eat, wander around towns, visit churches, or browse local markets. And if you want the experience of driving in Tuscany but don’t want to risk getting lost, then join a guided self-drive Tuscan tour – you drive your own vintage Fiat 500, but you’re following an expert guide.

Eat Your Way Through Tuscany

You could be forgiven for thinking that the food is a tourist attraction in Italy – and in Tuscany, where there are so many wonderful treats to try, it might just be your idea of a perfect day to string several meals together (separated only by short walks to get from one to the next). But if you need a little help working up an appetite in between meals, you can take a cooking class in Florence, join a walking tour that focuses on Tuscan food and wine, or combine the two with a guided Tuscan market tour followed by instruction to cook something from what you bought. You’ll not only spend a great day in Tuscany, you’ll bring home recipes and cooking skills, making your perfect day last a lifetime.

Art Appreciation

It’s been said that you could spend a solid week in Florence alone and not have enough time to see and fully appreciate all the art in its famous museums. With only one day for all of Tuscany, you’ve got to make some choices (and plan to return, of course) and use your time wisely. You’ll save time by booking a skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi and Accademia, which will give you more time to take a half-day trip to another nearby city (perhaps Pisa or Fiesole) or simply to appreciate the art that’s all around you in Florence.

And if you simply can’t decide on the best way to spend one perfect day in Tuscany, there are “Tuscany In One Day” tours that take care of all the transportation, allowing you to see the highlights of the region in one day.

- Jessica Spiegel

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