If the practical aspects of your time in Tuscany are at the top of your priority list, consider skipping out on car rentals and train or bus rides and simply arranging a helicopter transfer between your destination cities. Companies including Helitaly organize time- and cost-effective helicopter transfers that will connect you from your arrival airport to your destination (Florence, Pisa, Siena, Montalcino, Montecatini Terme, the Chianti region, Versilia and Val d’Orcia, among others). These short flights (usually around 20 minutes) are one way to get the experience of flying over Tuscany without the added costs of a more tour-oriented experience.
If instead you’re more intent on getting commentary, unparalleled photo angles and the whole nine yards, numerous tour groups organize private helicopter tours of varying lengths and over a range of cities and regions. Foodies hungering for a culinary-focused experience in the countryside can tack on a helicopter tour if they want to pull out all the stops: L&B Italian Tours offers a luxury helicopter tour service that includes a stop off at a castle for a wine tasting and lunch, and has the option of flying over San Gimignano, Siena, Florence and the Chianti region, depending on the length of tour you choose (in-air times range from 20 to 50 minutes) and the regional focus you set upon booking. Across Tuscany offers a full day in the Val d'Orcia and a visit to two prestigious wineries and a lunch break in a Michelin Starred Restaurant. Between the experiences you will have the chance to discover all the unique beauty of southern Tuscany flying a helicopter, by the old villages of Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano.