How to Explore the Alternative Side of Tuscany

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Most tourists who visit Tuscany in Italy do not go beyond the major landmarks. If you are a person who will venture to do something different, you can have an amazing experience. Here are ten alternative things that you can do in Tuscany.

#1 Vie Cave

You can go on an incredible hike along the network of roads created by Etruscans, the ancient civilization that existed in Tuscany before the arrival of Romans, through stone, near Pitigliano, a beautiful town. Though nobody knows for sure as to how or why they made these passages, it is believed that they might have served as water channels or sacred roads. You will never forget this magical walk.

#2 Monte Amiata

Mount Amiata, the ancient volcano which stands 1700 meters above the sea level, has created the landscapes marked by hills, as well as an open countryside. On its slopes, there are many small towns and villages. If you want to see a different facet of Tuscany, you must visit Mount Amiata. You will see chestnut groves, beech tree forests and small churches concealed between large volcanic rocks. It serves as one of the greatest picnic destinations.

#3 Tree Climbing

Cielo Verde Adventure Park, a tree climbing park, is ideal for people of all ages. The park is located within the pine tree forest lining Marina di Grosseto coast. After a morning of activity at the park, you can relax in the afternoon on the Maremma beach.

#4 Maremma

The Maremma, a thinly populated area, is best discovered on horseback. You can hire a guide who will show you the wild west of Tuscany. The paths that cut across the Mediterranean maquis cover the hills, rivers, old farm houses as well as ancient ruins.

#5 Mini Cruise

Many people do not know that there is an archipelago near Tuscany. Even if you are on a tight schedule, you must go on the one-day mini-cruise. The cruise leaves from Castiglione della Pescaia as well as Porto Santo Stefano and goes to the main islands that include Isle of Giglio, Isle of Giannutri, Isle of Elba, etc. The cruise generally includes an onboard seafood meal and visits to a number of islands.

#6 San Rossore Nature Park

Apart for the Leaning Tower, Pisa is also known for San Rossore Nature Park that stretches all the way to the coast from the city. A romantic way of discovering the park is to go on a carriage that is drawn by a horse.

#7 Borgo di Isola Santa

If you are looking for a getaway in Tuscany, it is the Isola Santa hamlet near a mountain area called Garfagnana. The hamlet is located on the border of a small lake in Apuan Alps. Though abandoned long ago, some of the houses have been converted into vacation rental apartments.#8: The Monasteries

#8 The Monasteries

The wooded area Casentino is the cradle of medieval Tuscany. The Casentino forest, a national park now, has many ancient towns with old churches and castles. The most impressive places are Camaldoli Hermitages and La Verna. There are two more places of tourist importance in Tuscany. One is the Roman-Etruscan sites in Populonia as well as the Gulf of Baratti for their archaeological importance and Parco dei Mulini in Val d’Orcia where medieval mills that served flour to the Siena region are preserved.

There are two more places of tourist importance in Tuscany. One is the Roman-Etruscan sites in Populonia as well as the Gulf of Baratti for their archaeological importance and Parco dei Mulini in Val d’Orcia where medieval mills that served flour to the Siena region are preserved.

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