Flights to Tuscany
Tuscany is among the most popular destinations in Italy and for many tourists it is the quintessential image of Italy. Tuscany is a region in the central part of the country and has an extensive coastline, and includes beautiful cities such as Florence and Pisa, as well as wonderful countryside and smaller towns and villages to explore.
There are two major airports for flights to Tuscany: the Galileo Galilei International Airport (airport code: PSA) in Pisa, and the Amerigo Vespucci Airport (code: FLR) in Florence. In either case, you can get flights to Tuscany with South African Airways or Lufthansa from Johannesburg that has one stop in Munich. British Airways also travels to either airport with a connection in London. Most flights to Tuscany will take around 15 hours, including the transfer times.
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The Tourist Attractions of Tuscany:
Tuscany is a lovely region of Italy and with so much to offer it has something for all tastes; from the rolling countryside and rural villages, to the beautiful coastline with its beaches and ports, to the historical cities where the Renaissance was born. With so much to see and do you’d have to spend weeks in Tuscany to really get a true feel for this Italian region, but here are some of the highlights:
The birthplace of the renaissance and the capital of the Tuscany region is Florence. It’s also the largest city in the region and one of its top tourist destinations. There’s culture aplenty here in Florence and of course some wonderful historical architecture, noted by the fact that the historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tuscany features many palazzos, numerous museums, beautiful parks and gardens, and a number of villas.
Pisa is just as famous as Florence and of course this city in Tuscany includes the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Piazza del Duomo, where the tower stands, is another of Tuscany’s World Heritage Sites, and as the name suggests this also includes Pisa’s Duomo, or cathedral.
Among the other cities of Tuscany is Siena. Yet another World Heritage Site, Siena has a beautiful historic centre and this is actually one of the most visited in Italy. Its main highlight is the wonderful cathedral of Siena.
Chianti Wine Growing Region
Tuscany isn’t just about cities though. There are miles and miles of countryside to explore too, with typical Tuscan landscapes that include rows upon rows of grape vines. Particularly famous among these is the Chianti wine growing region. As well as visiting some of the vineyards you should take time to explore some of the smaller towns and villages too.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are very nice in Tuscany as the weather is usually warm and relatively dry, making this a good time for sightseeing. Spring and autumn can also be very nice in the warmer parts of Tuscany, notably along the coast, but in the more northern reaches of the region it does get cooler going in to winter. City sightseeing is probably still ok during this time, but it will be rainier, so remember this.