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 Etruscan Maremma.
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 in Siena.
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 in Florence.
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 and Tuscany.
The Italian 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 offers apartments 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.
The Pisa 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:
||Firenze - Peretola - A.Vespucci Aeroport - Tel. 055
|Firenze - Via Maso Finiguerra 33 - Tel 055 2398205
|Siena - Viale Sardegna 37 - Tel. 0577 45085
||Firenze - Aeroporto Peretola Tel. 055
|Firenze - Via Maso Finiguerra, 11/R Tel. 055 294578
|Pisa - Aeroport Galileo Galilei Tel. 050
||Firenze - Via Borgognissanti 128 R
|Siena - Via Simone Martini 36
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