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Tuscany

Just thinking about the rolling hills of Tuscany is enough to elicit a sigh. Beautiful hilltop villages, bustling towns, magnificent food and, erm, leaning towers abound. Florence is worth a short city break alone, but if you are exploring the countryside, give yourself a week or more. Don't forget the walled city of Lucca, the tower at Pisa, and as many vineyards and wine tastings as you can fit in.

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updated on 12th August 2022

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9th June 2022 by Where Angie Wanders

How to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa on a day trip from Florence

When you hear the mention of Pisa in Tuscany, there is one thing that springs to mind – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After all, it is one of the most important sights in Italy, if not the world. Indeed this small Italian town lying on the banks of the Arno River, is a magnet for visitors, who flock to see the architectural phenomenon of a solid column of marble tilting at an unbelievable angle. And, of course, to capture that must-have leaning tower of Pisa photograph of them supporting the......

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20th January 2021 by Hand Luggage Only

10 best things to do in Siena, Italy

Perched within Italy’s gorgeous Tuscany region, the medieval city of Siena is a totally stunning place to visit for a long weekend or part of a wider road trip through Italy’s best cities. With thousands of years of history, there are loads of the best things to do in Siena that are dotted all across this relatively small city. ...

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21st June 2019 by ScribbleStu

Staying in lovely Lucca, Tuscany

Recently I took some time out to spend a month exploring Italy. The plan for the first 10 days was to visit the Naples/Sorrento/Amalfi area, seeing as much as we could with the kids who were travelling with us. Then give them a taste of true traveller life by moving on to Rome for a few days before they flew back home. And it was relentless. Exciting and brilliant, but also tiring and relentless. Did I mention relentless? Kids safely delivered back to the UK, we moved on to Tuscany. Having just...

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14th June 2019 by ScribbleStu

Top 7 things to do in Lucca, Italy

I recently spent two relaxing weeks in the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca. Here are my top recommendations for things to do in the city.Walk (or cycle) the wall. It’s just over 4km long and twelve metres high. A green space with panoramic views, it forms a perfect ring around the ancient city. It’s a fabulous place to go for a romantic stroll along the centuries-old tree-lined paths. And it makes an exhilarating cycle – there are plenty of bike hire shops in Lucca, enabling you to join...

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13th June 2012 by Emma's Travel Tales

Climbing the Florence Duomo

It was a perfect mid-summers day in Florence and at least a million degrees (okay, around 30, but I’m Scottish!), and we crazily decided to tackle the 460 something steps that stood between us and the top of the Florence Duomo. Whilst waiting in the shaded queue to begin our climb it didn’t seem too hot, but once we got to the front and started the first 30-or-so steps, boy was it warm.Everyone who visits Florence admires the green, pink and white marbled exterior of the Duomo, but not...

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12th February 2021 by Andy

Cheapest places to holiday in May

May is, arguably, one of the best months of the year to take a break, across the globe. Mainly, because you can take advantage of the May Bank Holidays, but you’ve just missed the rush of the Easter season. Then, there’s absolutely gorgeous weather, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.You’re likely to find bargains too, for hotels, flights, cruises and all-inclusive deals, as prices drop after April. Get ready to pack your beach towel, don’t forget your flip flops and make the most...

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23rd February 2021 by Andy

Chic hostels that might surprise you

Searching for fabulous hostels can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. You want a great location, clean and spacious rooms and onsite facilities that make your backpacking experience comfortable. But, is it too much to ask for a little style to be thrown in without blowing the budget? Absolutely not! We’ve found these 'chic' hostels that combine all your needs with ultra-cool surroundings.The Gallery HostelPorto, Portugal: Perfect for art fanatics, The Gallery Hostel is located smack bang in...