Italian culture is renowned for its cuisine, romantic language, and fine art, and you will find these in abundance in the Italian region of Tuscany. The rolling Tuscan hills are a popular and convenient driving holiday destination as the main towns are easy to get to by car. One of the great things about having your own transport is that you can find hidden gems and mix with locals out of reach of public transport. Here are some the best ways to get the most from your holiday in Tuscany by venturing a little further out from the city centre, and signing up to your mix-and-match summer school!
In the capital of the region and the birthplace of the Italian renaissance, the incredible history of great Florentine artists and architects make Florence the perfect place for budding artists to get some tips from the professionals. Whether you want to sign up to a countryside workshop or enjoy the scenery in your own time, from the outskirts, the spectacular views looking over the city and the countryside of Florence are the perfect backdrop for romantic landscape painting.
From Florence, Pisa is less than a two hour drive west. Italy is a real treat for foodies, and Tuscan cookery is no exception. A Pisan cuisine has its own character, though still based around simple Tuscan ingredients, notable for rich game as well as bread and cheese. Be chef for a day and learn how to make traditional Italian and Tuscan dishes, enjoy some local wines, and pick up some impressive dinner party recipes! Visitors are spoilt for choice with cooking classes in Pisa, with many chefs hosting classes in traditional Tuscan villas outside of the city.
Avoid the traffic on the autostrada from Florence - take the scenic route and grab some coastal views on the drive between Pisa and Siena. Tuscany is the birth-place of the modern Italian language, so why not enrich your vocabulary and pick up useful words and phrases to help you talk to locals in Italy at a language workshop. From summer schools, intensive week courses and one-off classes, there is something to suit all time frames when visiting this beautiful medieval city. A language summer school is a great way to pick up common phrases used by locals. Siena is well known for its' Italian language schools and is less populated by tourists, meaning more opportunities to practice your Italian
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head off to this beautiful country! To book your car hire, either book online or give one of our reservations team a call on 1300 656 601 today. Ciao!