What to see and do in Tuscany

What to see and do in Tuscany

Here at Italy Beyond the Obvious, we get a lot of Tuscany requests. This central Italian region is heaven for photographers and we’re lucky to be able to feature spectacular images by photographer Jim DeLutes below, in our recommendations for what to see and do in Tuscany. Thanks so much Jim! Tuscany is a big region,…

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Tuscany | 3 Comments

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

With a population of only 20 people and access limited to a pedestrian footbridge, the Italian town of Cività di Bagnoregio is a unique destination and a stop I include frequently in Italy itineraries for travelers going between Rome and Tuscany. But it’s not a good fit for every traveler, so read my tips below. Photographer Joe Mack…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Rome, Tuscany | No Comments

Off the beaten path in Italy

Off the beaten path in Italy

Because of the name of my company, I get regular requests for itineraries that are at least partly off the beaten track. The definition of off the beaten path in Italy differs depending on how well you know the country. For some, the beaten track includes just Rome, Florence, and Venice, while for others it…

A luxury Italy itinerary

A luxury Italy itinerary

The luxury travelers I work with aren’t necessarily looking for VIP treatment. Rather, they are down-to-earth and well-traveled, but they want their luxury Italy itinerary to be about service and comfort while getting to know the locals as much as possible. Recently a client hired me to plan an 18 day luxury trip for him…

Versilia, Tuscany

Versilia, Tuscany

Today’s post is about a gorgeous area of Tuscany that often gets overlooked as travelers head from Lucca or Pisa to the Cinque Terre. Thanks and a big welcome to Serena Giovanonni, the author of today’s enticing article about Versilia!     Tuscany is known to most people as the land of sunflowers, poppies, olive…

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in Tuscany | No Comments

Biking on Lucca’s walls

Biking on Lucca’s walls

  For anyone who loves being on a bike, or wants to see the city from a different perspective, or just wants to break up the museums-churches-walking routine, I definitely recommend adding this short and easy bike ride to your Lucca visit. And, you can say you’ve been cycling in Tuscany without having had to sweat…

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Cycling, Tuscany | 9 Comments

Caves and tunnels in Italy: Three underground favorites

Want to explore Italy where a flashlight or even hard hat is required? There are thousands of caves and tunnels in Italy, giving the traveler lots of options to go underground. Tuscany alone has 1,500 grottoes and 270 km of underground tunnels. Here are three of my favorite underground (one is semi-underground) spots, and only…

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Dolomites, Tuscany | 3 Comments

One day in Livorno

Most of the inquiries I get about Livorno are from travelers arriving by cruise ship who want help planning one day in the area. I wouldn’t consider Livorno to be one of Italy’s top destinations, but that can be a good thing because it means fewer tourists! The city was heavily bombed during WWII and…

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Tuscany | No Comments

What to do in Volterra, Tuscany

There’s off the beaten track and then there’s way off the beaten track. Volterra, Tuscany has both. Spend half a day in this tiny medieval Tuscan hilltown (pop: 12,000) without the tourist crowds of say, nearby San Gimignano. Here are five reasons – and two bonus reasons – to go out of your way for Volterra.…

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in Tuscany | No Comments

Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany: the Abbey of San Galgano

Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany: the Abbey of San Galgano

The atmospheric Abbey of San Galgano is about half an hour from Siena and a little over an hour from Florence, but if you’re looking for a Tuscan stop with very few foreign tourists, this is it.    Take a photo of the incredible roofless ruin, and don’t miss the opportunity for a great picnic. Up the…

Posted by on Jan 18, 2010 in Tuscany | No Comments