Holidays to Tuscany

Mediterranean cruises are very popular with tourists around the world. Tuscany is a lovely place to visit and Elba is the largest island within the area, just 20km from mainland Italy. It is a common place for cruise ships to stop, as it is notable for being home to Napoleon's first brief exile. The area is therefore full of of ancient history, as well as stunning views.

Colourful buildings, the Martello tower, and various forts add charm to the scenery. The main harbour on the island of Elba is famous for its wines, which are well worth a try. Cruises are an excellent way to explore the many different areas of Tuscany, providing a relaxing and enjoyable trip. There are a variety of excursions that can be taken as well as guided tours at various stop-off points, so have a look and see which one is the best for you to book.

There are many reasons to visit Tuscany. It has beautiful landscapes, Italian culture and tradition, history, and artistic legacy. A very interesting place to visit, there is much to see and do here. It is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and is home to many museums, including the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Many world heritage sites are available to visit, such as the historic centres of Siena, Florence, Pienza, and San Gimignano, plus the Cathedral of Pisa, Val d’Orcia, and many others. There are also many protected nature reserves.

The area of Tuscany attracts millions of visitors from around the world every year. Art is very prominent here also, with many Renaissance pieces and architecture housed within its buildings. With many art galleries and museums to visit, gaining a sense of Italy’s history is easy. Local cathedrals also feature some fantastic pieces of ancient artwork to enjoy, while art schools are in abundance.

Italy is well known for its cuisine that has become popular all over the world. Simple dishes are key to Tuscany and often incorporate vegetables, cheese, bread, fresh fruit and legumes. Olive oil is widely used and San Miniato is home to white truffles that are available in October and November. Chianti wine is popular and many come here just to experience this first hand.

Tuscany is also home to the largest marine park in the Mediterranean. This is the Tuscan Archipelago and it is possible to take day cruises there. If you get the chance, it is a must-see! It is made up of seven islands – the Isle of Elba, Capraia, Isola del Giglio, Pianosa, Montecristo, Gorgona and Giannutri. The mini cruise allows you as close access as is possible to these islands as many are protected and this is the only way to see them. Cruises often leave in the morning from one of the coastal towns, such as Porto Santo Stefano and Castiglione della Pescaia. Some islands can be visited so stop- offs will be made and swimming may be allowed in some areas. This is an experience to remember forever and the stunning views are to die for.


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