Top 5 spring destinations in Tuscany

 
Val d´Orcia [Photo Credits: Jiri Sebek http://ow.ly/hduGf]
Val d´Orcia [Photo Credits: Jiri Sebek http://ow.ly/hduGf]
One of the best times of the year to visit Tuscany is definitely during spring! The temperature is warm, but not too hot like in August and the sun stays out until 7.30/8 pm so tourists have the chance to make the best of their day and enjoy it with the light! During spring you'll be able to see the famous wavy tuscan hills in their most shining green and at the same time enjoy the colorfull blooming of some red poppy flours or some pink and white peach or cherry trees!

1) Val D'Orcia

One reason could be to Visit Val D’Orcia in spring by bike and discovering how the colors of the world Heritage Val D'Orcia Valley varies every meter you ride. Some MUST TO see stops in this area are: - Bagno Vignoni - San Quirico D'Orcia - Buonconvento - Castiglione d’Orcia - Montalcino - Radicofani - Bagni San Filippo - Terme di Petriolo What to eat and drink: The famous pecorino cheese from Pienza, the Tartufo Marzuolo, olive oil and saffron and of couse try The Brunello di Montalcino
Val d´Orcia [Photo Credits: Steve Walesch http://ow.ly/hdvDl]
Val d´Orcia [Photo Credits: Steve Walesch http://ow.ly/hdvDl]

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2) The Estruscan Coast

The estruscan coast
The estruscan coast

The Estruscan Coast is an area that extends in the coastline belonging to the province of Livorno that stretches from the port city itself south to Piombino and almost enters in the Maremma area. Named for the Etruscan necropolis of nearby Populonia, this is a glorious part of Tuscany that boasts an array of medieval hamlets, fishing villages, beautiful beaches, untouched wilderness, ancient history, and some of the world’s best wine!

Some MUST TO see stops in this area are: - Castagneto Carducci - Bolgheri - Campiglia - San Vincenzo - Cecina - Suvereto - Terme di Venturina - Piombino What to eat and drink: The Cecina, Cacciucco (a lovely fish soup) and of couse try at least one glass of the Super Tuscan Bolgheri and Sassicaia.

Baratti - Populonia [Photo Credits: Around Tuscany http://ow.ly/hdvVD]
Baratti - Populonia [Photo Credits: Around Tuscany http://ow.ly/hdvVD]

3) Cortona and the Val di Chiana

Cortona is the Tuscan hill town made famous by Francis Mayes in her book Under the Tuscan Sun. Cortona is surrounded by Etruscan walls, around 3000 years old, and retains much of its history through its architecture, layers of history built upon the Etruscan core. Cortona has stately buildings, interesting medieval architecture, beautiful views, and a large ex-pat community so you'll find lots of English spoken. - Cortona - Castiglion Fiorentino - Arezzo - Anghiari What to eat and drink The Cortona DOC rosè or Chardonnay really fesh and tasty, especially during Spring, and you should have a stop and have tasty Chianina meat steak in this area!
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[Photo Credits: Foread http://ow.ly/hdw3O]
Val di Chiana
Val di Chiana [Photo Credits: maurobrock http://ow.ly/hdw9k]
Val di Chiana [Photo Credits: maurobrock http://ow.ly/hdw9k]

4) Lucca and the Garfagnana

The town of Lucca itself is great, but it also makes a perfect home base to visit much of Tuscany because of its location: it’s close to the sea side and to the mountains and national parks, and also close to a major road that reaches Pisa in half an hour.  From nearby Viareggio in Versilia, you can  take a boat trip to see dolphins, or in the winter ski at Abetone. If you need to have more reasons...follow our tips in our Lucca blog post. - Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Barga - Vagli - Bagni di Lucca - Vetriano - Orrido di Botri What to eat and drink Farro della garfagnana DOC, and the Chestnut flour to make Necci's, and drink a glass of a fresh white Montecarlo DOC!
Lucca [Photo Credits: Trent Strohm http://ow.ly/hdwhG]
Lucca [Photo Credits: Trent Strohm http://ow.ly/hdwhG]

The Garfagnana

The Garfagnana is the mountainous area behind Lucca, the highlands between this city and Tuscany’s border. Read our tips on how to live like a local in Garfagnana!
Castiglione di Garfagnana[Photo Credits: neiljs http://ow.ly/hdyR3]
Castiglione di Garfagnana[Photo Credits: neiljs http://ow.ly/hdyR3]
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[Photo Credits: neiljs http://ow.ly/hdyWT]

5) Maremma

The Maremma is an area in southern Tuscany that corresponds to the Province of Grosseto; it borders the Tyrrhenian Sea and it is mainly composed by pure, amazing, Tuscan countryside To know what is worthed see in this area read also Top 10 must see in Maremma! These are the town and cities you HAVE TO include in your tour! - Sovana - Sorano - Pitigliano - Massa Marittima - Scansano - Terme di Saturnia - Capalbio - Monte Argentario - Parco dell'Uccellina - Castiglione della Pescaia What to eat and drink Try the ricotta and spinach tortelli, wild board and enjoy the fesh fishes and seafood you can have all along the Maremma coast! This area is basically the wine heaven so you have to choose among many different amazing wines! Try at least one glass of Morellino di Scansano, Sovana DOC, Montecucco and Ansonica.  
Maremma [Photo Credits: biol62 http://ow.ly/hdz3I]
Maremma [Photo Credits: biol62 http://ow.ly/hdz3I]
Maremma [Photo Credits: kosare http://ow.ly/hdz7K]
Maremma [Photo Credits: kosare http://ow.ly/hdz7K]