THE LANDSCAPE OF TUSCANY
This beautiful region in the heart of Italy stretches from the Apennine mountains in the north and east of the region to the Tyrrhenian Sea with beautiful coastlines. In between there are impressive and varied cultural and natural landscapes, such as the romantic Chianti area, the Val d'Orcia, the Garfagnana, the Crete Senesi and the Maremma in the south of the region.
The Tuscan scenery from north to south
The Apuan Alps in the north reach up to 2,000m and the fascinating mountain world is particularly popular with active holidaymakers. The mountain ranges look as if they are covered in snow all year round. Here, however, the most beautiful stone in the world is cut out of the mountain – the white marble. Along the old transport routes you can even explore the marble quarries of the province of Carrara.
North of Lucca, the capital of the province, you will find the wild nature of Garfagnana, which extends as far as the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, which marks the border with Emilia-Romagna. The mountain valley with its dense chestnut forests is also very popular for its chestnut specialities in autumn. Deep green, wild landscapes and interesting villages make it a popular excursion destination.
The Arno River, which runs through Florence and Pisa to the Tyrrhenian Sea, rises in the austere and beautiful landscape of the Casentino north of the provincial capital Arezzo. On almost every hill there is an old estate or castle to discover.
The Chianti wine region, the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi
To the west of the Casentino are the fairytale cultural landscapes of the famous Chianti wine region, the symbol of “typical Tuscany”. In the area between Siena and Florence you will find countless castles, palaces and fortified villages, surrounded by picturesque hills with their endless vineyards and cypress avenues. The slight ups and downs of Chianti are ideal for extensive cycling and hiking tours from place to place.
The Val d’Orcia, which is also one of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscany and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, nestles against the Tuscan hills near Siena. The vegetation of this Tuscan landscape is characterized by vines and olive groves, framed by cypress avenues and beech trees. Historic castles and medieval villages complete the magnificent panorama of the Orcia Valley.
To the northwest, the landscape merges into the Crete Senesi, an area characterised by a vast, desert-like hilly landscape. Typical for the region with little rain are the Biancans, white, only a few meters high hills with narrow furrows and without vegetation. Only around the Arbia and Asso rivers are fertile, green valleys populated with villages. If you are looking for peace and relaxation, the Crete Senesi area is the right place for you!
In the province of Grosseto, the flat pastures, pine forests, marshes and lakes of the Maremma extend as far as the Tyrrhenian coast. The beaches of the Maremma offer excellent water quality for a perfect seaside holiday. The “Parco Regionale della Maremma” was declared a nature reserve as early as 1975 and is a popular destination for hikers.
The coasts of Tuscany from north to south
In the very north of the Tuscan coast lies the Apuan coast, which lures with long fine sandy beach sections, which are only interrupted by the port of the provincial capital Carrara. The coast of Versilia joins in the south and has been a tourist magnet since the 19th century. The Etruscan Riviera in Livorno offers the most varied stretch of coast. Besides wide, fine sandy beaches, there are also rocky sections with hidden bays, some of which can only be reached from the sea. The paradisiacal islands of the Tuscan archipelago are also in front of it. It consists of seven islands, of which Elba is the largest and most famous. The islands enchant with their wild nature, steeply sloping coastal rocks with picturesque bays and fascinating diving sites in crystal clear water.
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