Resources For Visitors to Tuscany and Italy
Below are web sites with useful information for the tourist in
Tuscany and Italy.
For a wide range of vacation rentals in apartments
and farmhouses, the agritourism of Grotti Castle
near Siena offers accommodations for 2-8 guests including an
18 century villa.
The official site for the Region
of Tuscany includes useful information covering
all of Tuscany, from the seaside and beaches to the mountains,
from art cities such as Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Florence to natural
parks and rural areas. The site also include maps of Tuscany
and sample itineraries.
For information on things to do, Florence
Concierge has lists of concerts, events and exhibitions
as well as articles on Florence and surroundings, including
an article on The
For wine lovers, the Wine
roads in Tuscany site includes maps, a description
of the various routes, the wines, wineries and sample itineraries.
If you want to explore castles
near Grosseto or Castles
in the province of Siena, here you'll find maps,
descriptions, history and photos of the many castles in Tuscany.
For those looking to relax, the Spas
in Italy site has a list of spas and hot springs
throughout Tuscany, with opening hours, directions and information
on the town and surroundings.
For eating out, try this list of restaurants
in Tuscany around Florence and the Etruscan coast,
as well as this list of restaurants
in and around Siena.
The site for the tourist board for the Maremma
area of Tuscany, includes information on towns
of the area including Sorano and Pitigliano as well as churches,
monuments and archeological sites. There is also information
on parks, beaches and the Island of Giglio.
The official site for the city of Siena has useful tourist information including museums, ideas for
walking tours of the city, maps and restaurants as well as details
on the Palio
For a different way of seeing the city, you can have fun cruising
effortlessly through the timeless streets of Florence on the
coolest ride of the 21st century. Segway
Firenze Tours is the first and only guided tour
using Segways in Florence.
For wine enthusiasts, Italy and Wine offers tours
of the Tuscany wine country including Chianti,
Montalcino and Montepulciano. They also offer wine tasting courses
Cyclists can choose from guided or self guided bike
tours of Tuscany with Cicloposse, including Chianti
and Southern Tuscany. They also offer bike rental and can deliver
the bike to you.
If you're thinking of getting married in Tuscany, Exclusive
Italian Weddings offers destination weddings in
some of the most beautiful Italian locations including Florence
Tourism Board site has a wealth of information
for traveling in Italy. You can search by area or by interest.
The site also includes helpful travel tips and numerous photos.
Musei Online provides a searchable database of museums
in Italy, organized by geographical location and
type of museum. Includes museum opening times and descriptions.
The Parks Service web site has details on parks
in Italy, including national and regional parks,
nature reserves and areas managed by the WWF.
If you are interested in learning to cook while in Italy, umbriacooks4u
offers both one day
cooking classes as well as private
dinners featuring authentic Umbrian dishes.
And in northern Lazio you find Fontana del Papa offering Italian
cooking lessions from a day to a week as well as
wine tastings and painting courses.
If your travels take you to Rome, Dolce Roma Vacation Rentals
in the historic center, all personally decorated
by the owner, who will also see to it that you enjoy your stay.
If shopping is your thing, contact Dolce
Rome Personal Shopper for a half day or full day
shopping tour of Rome and the outlet malls.
The Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome also has close
to 100 accommodations in Rome between B&Bs and apartment
rentals. You'll also find a guide to Rome with
information on everything from shopping to public transportation.
And ComfortItalia offers a select list of apartments
in Rome, all personally inspected by the staff
of this small local agency.
For vacations rentals throughout the world, try Glo-Con.com,
which is a full-range, multi-lingual directory service for real
estate and property rentals worldwide.
Travel and Transportation in Italy
The web site for the Florence
airport, Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci, has
information on getting to and from the airport, connections
within Europe as well as general information on the airport.
International Airport (Aeroporto Galileo Galilei)
web site contains information on airport connections and car
rental companies at the airport.
For those arriving in Rome, the airports of Rome site has useful
information on Leonardo
Da Vinci Airport (aka Fiumicino) and Ciampino.
For train travel in Italy, check the official rail site, TrenItalia,
for schedules, fares and to purchase tickets online.
The best way to see Tuscany is by car and the Autostrade web site has realtime information on traffic, a route calculator,
weather forecasts as well as webcams on majors highways.
For car rentals visit:
||Firenze - Peretola - A.Vespucci Aeroport -
Tel. 055 307370
|Firenze - Via Maso Finiguerra 33 - Tel 055
|Siena - Viale Sardegna 37 - Tel. 0577 45085
||Firenze - Aeroporto Peretola Tel.
|Firenze - Via Maso Finiguerra, 11/R Tel. 055
|Pisa - Aeroport Galileo Galilei
Tel. 050 42574
||Firenze - Via Borgognissanti 128 R
|Siena - Via Simone Martini 36