Tuscany and the Mountains
Take an emotional and colourful trip into the Tuscan mountains, there are hundreds of things to do.
In the Apuan Alps you will ascend into marble cathedrals, but you will also discover the kingdom of Lunigiana, full of enchanted caves and castles. The dazzling white of the quarries on one side and the wild, green valley of Garfagnana on the other.
If you feel the call of spirituality, awaiting you are the sacred Casentino forests with their monasteries and hermitages along the way where nature is not the only thing to discover. While if you love the sound of the woods, you will be enthralled by the stage that is the Mugello, an aristocratic and timeless land.
You can be overcome by the triangular heights of Monte Amiata, so lonely, but at the same time full of roe and fallow deer, by mountains embraced in the world’s most famous vineyards or by the wooded Abetone which transforms into ski slopes for ski lovers in the winter.
Go into the mountains and discover your emotions again. Colours, smells, sounds and tastes snatched away from city pollution. Pure feelings about to be forgotten, but still intact in the Tuscan mountains.
Waiting for you to explore are miles and miles of pathways for trekking, mountain biking, skiing, but also for pure contemplation and absolute rest. In these natural surroundings there are emotions for all tastes, and challenges of all shapes and sizes.
Maybe your imagination will be sparked up by the bays on the Etruscan coast. Maybe it will be the untamed vegetation and the blue waters of the Tuscan islands with the cliffs plunging into the sea. The colours of the sunset will take you out of this world, far away from the drab and monotonous everyday life.
You still have the chance. Argentario, where the intense green of the unspoilt Maremma countryside fades into the crystal blue waters of the sea. Dive into the archaeological sites of Etruscan memories. Or do you prefer to find your berth in the exclusive fashionable ports?
Wine Trails of Tuscany
The “Wine Trails of Tuscany” run through magnificent wine-growing areas which, apart from the obvious vineyards and wineries, offer an integrated tourist package of cultural, historical and natural attractions. These trails are also a means of fostering rural development and of promoting so-called “Enotourism”, that is, setting wine production in a cultural, environmental, historical and social context.
In the surroundings of Pisa you can find the famous “Road of the wine”, or “wine trails” on the Pisa hills. The trail, touching old villages such as San Miniato, Palaia, La Rotta, Peccioli, Laiatico, Terricciola, Lari, Crespina, Fauglia, Lorenzana, Casciana Terme and Chianni, is clearly marked, with accommodation generally in quality-assured farmhouses; all necessary information is provided. The beauty of this trail is that the visitor may come in any season, finding different aspects each time and seeing the process of viticulture in its various stages, as well as on different levels, that is, maybe one day visiting a vineyard or winery, another day tasting a delicious dish or fine wine, or attending some cultural event.
The wine route of Monteregio and Massa Marittima across the area of the “Colline Metallifere” of the Northern Maremma. The tourist route starts from the discovery of wine-producing farms to expand to holidays farms, wine shops, good restaurants and first quality handicraft shops. The traveller of the Wine Route will meet a natural environment where the main features of Tuscany combine with the characteristics of the wild Maremma: all the centres crossed by the route are full of history, art and charming landscapes which appears along all the route network.
More detailed info at Terre di Toscana