Holidays in Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba

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Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba

Visiting Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba

How can there by so much beauty, art and history in one place?  Tuscany, Central Italy and Elba are full to the brim with natural and manmade splendour, with rolling hills, scented pine forests and medieval villages, elegant renaissance towns and the magnificent cities of Rome, Florence and Siena. There is plenty to explore and plenty to admire – and no time to waste!

Feel Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba

Experience the serenity of the Tuscan Hills and the chaos of rush hour in Rome, strain your neck to take in the Leaning Tower of Pisa or lie back on white sandy Elban beach,  marvel at the architecture of Lucca or the Colosseum in Rome, or at the choice of flavours in a Roman gelataria. Whisper in the Sistine Chapel or scream as you hurtle down the waterslide in Aqua Village. Gasp as the horses thunder around the streets of Siena or sigh as you rest your weary legs and take your first sip of chilled Chianti.  Make a wish at the Trevi fountain to come back soon.

Explore Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba

With five airports and so much that just must not be missed, this is the ideal region for a fly-drive holiday. So jump in, buckle up and explore.  Journey through time from Paleolithic archaeological sites in Cetona, through the splendour of Ancient Rome in the capital and Pompeii, pass through medieval times in San Gimignano - full costume optional, revel in the splendour of the renaissance in Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca or live in the moment and enjoy all the hustle and bustle that modern Italy has to offer. Then go off road and enjoy the natural beauty of the rolling Tuscan hills, the quiet forests of Elba and the clear Mediterranean Sea.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

If you want stunning scenery, cultural cities and a taste of la Dolce Vita, you will find it all in these beautiful regions:

Rome
The eternal city is one of the world’s most romantic and historic places, with a host of sites that you just have to see. Whether you want to climb the Spanish Steps, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain or marvel at the Colosseum, it’s all unmissable.

Pisa
Within the city’s 12th century walls you will find a host of attractions, including the Piazza del Duomo, where the wonderful five-naved cathedral stands close to its campanile, or bell tower, known throughout the world as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Florence
Arguably the most cultured and charming of all Italian cities, Florence offers beauty everywhere you turn, from the gorgeous Piazza Della Signoria to the famous Ponte Vecchio. The masterpieces at the Uffizi are another must-see while you are here.

Portoferraio
The capital of Elba deserves to be visited for more than simply its association with Napoleon. While the bronze cast of his death mask in the Misericordia church is fascinating, the faded beauty of the houses and forts is a better reason to come.

Monte Capanne
The highest point on the island of Elba, Monte Capanne rises more than 1,000 metres above the sea, where after a 15 minute cable car ride you are able to enjoy wonderful views over the entire island, as well as the lovely coast of Tuscany.

The Chianti Trail
Between Florence and Sienna runs the Chiantiagina (SR222), a lovely road that takes you through the heart of Chianti country, where you can enjoy not just a host of great Chianti wineries, but also some of the loveliest scenery on earth.

Sarteano
A charming little piece of ancient Tuscany, Sarteano is a small hilltop town that is still surrounded by medieval walls and dominated by the ruins of the 11th century castle at its peak. A real must-see for lovers of Etruscan history.

Museum of Prehistory
Located in Cetona, this fascinating museum explores Etruscan history from the Paleolithic period to the Bronze Age, and most unusually connects to the Belvedere Archaeology Park where you can view actual excavation sites.

Great for younger kids

Aquapiper
Located in Guidonia, just north of Rome, Aquapiper is a vast waterpark with a wealth of pools and waterslides for all the family. And because they love bambinos in Italy, the facilities include two pools just for little ones.

Aqua Village Cecina
With a good choice of pools, slides and lazy rivers, this is an ideal attraction for all the family, especially those with smaller children, thanks to the Baby Club animation team and special play area for little ones.

Great for older kids

Cavallino Matto
The largest theme park in Tuscany, Cavallino Matto offers rides and attractions for the whole family, including a number of white-knuckle rides that are sure to be a hit with teens, from the Shocking Tower to Air Max and Project 1.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Watersports on Elba
The seas around the island are often crystal clear, making Elba a great destination for snorkelling, diving and kayaking. The sea and wind conditions also make this a windsurfer’s paradise, and there are plenty of places to hire boards.

Horse Riding
The lovely hills of Tuscany make for great riding country, and so you will find equestrian centres dotted all over the area, with plenty of opportunities for all ages to join organised treks.

Scuba Diving
The clear waters of the Mediterranean off Italy make this an incredibly popular area for diving, with no less than 50 diving centres located between Livorno and Argentario. Courses for beginners are also widely available here.

Golf
There are no less than a dozen 18-hole courses in the region, each of them offering new challenges; ranging from Castelfalfi near San Gimignano up in the hills to Argenterio out on the stunning Argenterio peninsula.

Unmissable events in Tuscany, Central Italy and Elba

Mediterranean Jazz Festival, Elba
Held every year in early July, the Mediterranean Jazz Festival attracts an eclectic mix of Jazz luminaries to the island for this competitive festival, which also gives the stage to a number of up and coming acts.

Giostra dell'Archidado, Cortona
Every year around Whit Sunday, hundreds of people parade through the historic town of Cortona in medieval costume, preparatory to a crossbow competition for marksmen from the town’s five districts.

Boat Race of San Ranieri, Pisa
Every year on the 17th of June, eight oarsmen from the four districts of Pisa take to the Arno for this famous boat race in honour of their patron saint, which is followed by a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

Florentine Football
With 27 players dressed in medieval breeches on each team, this is no ordinary football tournament. Yet for three days every June, the spectacle of Florence’s four districts playing extremely robust football attracts large crowds.

Places to visit - Eating out

All of these regions offer typical Mediterranean fare, which is rustic, hearty and full of flavour. Though you may be surprised to find more meat than pasta on the menu here:

  • Bistecca alla Fiorentina – A large Porterhouse steak, marinaded in garlic and olive oil and served on a bed of grilled vegetables.
  • Porchetta – Suckling pig is a big favourite here, enhanced by huge handfuls of herbs and often served simply with chunks of the local bread and olives.
  • Cuttlefish Risotto – They love squid, octopus and cuttlefish on Elba, often served with rice coloured with the creature’s own ink.
  • Wine – There are many fine wines here, but who could miss the opportunity to sample the finest Chiantis in their natural habitat?

Campsites in region

Le Capanne, Bibbona
Le Capanne | Bibbona

Stop for a second and imagine yourself relaxing in a comfy lounger, while the kids play in the adventure pool centrepiece of a stunning holiday parc in Tuscany.

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Cecina Valle Gaia pool
Valle Gaia | Cecina

With a truly beautiful setting surrounded by pine, olive and cypress trees, Valle Gaia is a high quality parc with superb sight-seeing opportunities.

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Le Pianacce, Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany
Le Pianacce | Castagneto Carducci

How do you fancy exploring a medieval hilltop town on your next holiday? Get yourself to Le Pianacce and you’ll be perfectly placed to discover Castagneto Carducci and the Archeaological Park of Baratti and Populonia.

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Barco Reale, Lamporecchio, Italy
Barco Reale | Lamporecchio

Step into the heart of the Tuscan hills at Barco Reale and expect to try your slice of authentic Italy (and we don’t just mean the moreish pizza from the parc’s restaurant).

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Norcenni Girasole Club, Figline Valdarno, Tuscany
Norcenni Girasole Club | Figline Valdarno

Settle in for some impressive views of the Tuscan hills, if you choose to stay at Norcenni Girasole Club.

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Parco delle Piscine, Sarteano, Italy
Parco delle Piscine | Sarteano

Perched on the edge of the stunning hilltop town of Sarteano, you’ll soon discover that Parco delle Piscine is a parc that does things a little differently.

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Rosselba le Palme, Elba
Rosselba le Palme | Elba

How do you fancy a holiday in exotic botanical gardens, with vineyards and a winery on your doorstep?

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Ville Degli Ulivi, Elba
Ville Degli Ulivi | Elba

Stepping off the plane or ferry onto the island of Elba is one thing, but arriving at Ville Degli Ulivi parc, with all its sights and sounds, and colour and beauty, is something else entirely.

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Park Albatros, San Vincenzo
Park Albatros | San Vincenzo

Arrive at Park Albatros and you’ll find one of Tuscany’s largest and best quality parcs, busting with fun and spread over 30 acres surrounded by the Rimigliano pine forest which faces onto the sparkling waters of Baratti Bay.

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Lido Camping Village, Lake Bolsena
Lido Camping Village | Lake Bolsena

If you’re after your piece of authentic, traditional Italy, look no further than Lido Camping Village.

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Rome Camping Village Fabulous pool activity
Camping Village Fabulous | Rome

Fabulous by name, fabulous by nature, you’ll find this Italian gem 8km from the beautiful Ostia coast and surrounded by 70 acres of gorgeous pine forest.

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Il Collaccio, Castelvecchio di Preci
Il Collaccio | Castelvecchio di Preci

Il Collaccio is the ultimate in natural location, sitting within Monti Sibillini National Park in beautiful Umbria.

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Rome Camping I Pini pools
I Pini Family Park | Rome

Ever been to the Eternal City or fancy conquering the Colosseum for the first time? Stay at I Pini Family Park and you’ll find Rome within easy reach (especially when the parc runs bus trips there twice a week).

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Baia Domizia beach
Baia Domizia | Baia Domizia

Holiday at Baia Domizia, just north of the Bay of Naples, and you can expect to relax within a pine forest with views of the nearby mountains.

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Location reviews

Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
9.0
Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 450 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10

Carol

Banchory
Rome not good for public toilets, be very good at walking as there is a lot to see, would recommend the hop on hop off buses...you can get bothered by people trying to sell you scarves and water..just be firm they soon leave you alone, if you want to buy tat this is the place to go, same old same old. Would recommend going to Pompeii and Herculaneum, its worth going the distance, take the bullet train, worth the money.
Confirmed stay: 26 October 2013
10 out of 10

Mark

Mount Coolum
Very pretty area. Well placed to visit Firenze. Sienna and San Giangnano.
Confirmed stay: 14 October 2013
7 out of 10

Carol

Cheshire
All places we visited in rome were beautiful especially st peters basilica which was well worth a visit
Confirmed stay: 14 October 2013
10 out of 10

Sheila

Nottingham
Elba is the most beautiful Island
Confirmed stay: 30 September 2013
9 out of 10

Paul

Halifax
Our stay in Tuscany was excellent. Florence was fantastic. Even though we spent 9 days there, we will definitely be back some time as there is still so much we haven't seen and done.
The day trip we had to Rome was superb and gave us a real taster of what here is to see. More than enough to make us want to go back.
Confirmed stay: 30 September 2013
7 out of 10

Malcolm

Picton, New Zealand
Beautiful scenery, charming villages like Montepulciano. You get the chance to experience the pace of life in the local communities
Confirmed stay: 29 September 2013
9 out of 10

Robert

Glasgow
A beautiful region with lots of places of interest within easy reach.
Confirmed stay: 29 September 2013
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