Is there anything more American than the summer vacation? Actually, there’s nothing more American than working straight through your summer vacation because you’re so busy. But let’s assume you take your vacation time this year! You literally have a whole world of destinations to choose from. Why stick to the United States? Sure, everyone makes a trip to Florida or California at some point or another, but how often can you say you’ve left the country? Only about one third of Americans even have a passport. If you’re not among them, what are you waiting for?
Now that you’ve decided that it’s time to explore beyond your borders, it’s a matter of determining what region you’d actually like to visit. If you want to pack in as much culture, good weather, and excellent food as you can into one trip, Tuscany may be the destination for you. Why Tuscany in particular? Well, a nice Mediterranean climate is perfect for a [intlink id=”1370″ type=”post”]summer vacation[/intlink]. Actually, it’s pretty great all year round. Italy is gorgeous and needs to be experienced at least one time during your life. But, many people end up visiting Rome or Venice, which are beautiful, but forever packed with tourists. The Tuscan region has a bit of a lower profile (other than Florence, but more on that later) but is just as rich in culture, if not more so.
There are plenty of villas for rent in Tuscany that provide both comfortable lodgings, and more importantly, something close to the true Tuscan experience. The thing about visiting such a culturally rich location is that you want to make sure you’re doing things as “authentically” as possible. If you’re somewhere new, why only expose yourself to the equivalent of a Holiday Inn and McDonald’s? You want to live in a villa and eat [intlink id=”1345″ type=”post”]locally sourced food[/intlink]. The food alone is worth the trip. Authentic Italian cuisine is some of the best food in the world. The sheer history in every dish has nearly no comparison.
But don’t worry; it’s not just about the food. While you’re eating your way through Tuscany, there are centuries of fashion, art, and architecture to see. The Italian Renaissance, arguably the most important time period for modern culture, occurred in the Tuscan region. Six areas have been named World Heritage Sites: Siena, the Cathedral of Pisa, San Gimignano, Pienza, Val d’Orcia, and Florence. The city of Florence is one of the most visited cities in the world. It welcomes about 10 million tourists a year. There are dozens of artistic centers in every region of Tuscany. It truly is like a history book come to life.
You’ll easily spend a week looking at the work of fashion designers, seeing famous buildings, and checking into various museums. All the while you’ll be enjoying the sights and sounds of the city streets and eating some of the best food in the world. It’ll be hard to pack everything into one week, but do as much as you can. For centuries Tuscany has provided the world with some of its richest culture. Going straight to the source would be a great way to spend some time in the summer.
Tony has been back and forth from Italy and the USA all of this life to visit family and go on vacation. There are plenty of things to do in Italy and one would be missing out if they did not take the time to visit.