How to Travel to Tuscany

How to Travel to Tuscany
Tuscany is the land of rolling hills, scenic vineyards and medieval hilltop villages. It offers gourmet food and wine, world-class biking and cultural excursions, so you want to arrive feeling refreshed, prepared and ready to embrace all that Tuscany has to offer. With some careful planning and preparation, your travel experience to Tuscany can be smooth and worry free.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Map of Italy
  • Map of Italy
Step 1
Pack layers of clothes. Spring and fall can be warm during the day and chilly at night. Summer is typically hot. Winter is often gray, cold and rainy, so rain gear is recommended and a travel umbrella is a handy addition. Exploring Tuscany involves walking around many historic hilltop villages, so comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
Step 2
Check with the airline regarding restrictions and excess baggage charges, especially if traveling with outdoor equipment. According to the TSA, camping stoves can be in checked or carry-on bags if they are clean, fuel free and don't smell of fuel vapors. Trekking poles, knives and leatherman tools should be packed in your checked luggage. Most, but not all, airlines charge passengers to travel with a bike.
Step 3
Pack light. Italy has an excellent train system, but this typically involves a lot of walking and stairs. For this reason, a large backpack or a duffel with wheels is highly recommended. Rental cars are often small and don't offer much space for luggage.
Step 4
Plan to arrive at the airport three hours before your departure time. Look at check-in requirements with your airline before traveling. With most airlines you can save time by checking in online. Upon arrival at the airport, follow the signs to bag drop.
Step 5
Make sure your travel arrangements take you to Tuscany. Pisa and Florence are the gateway cities for Tuscany, but most international flights arrive in Rome or Milan. Domestic airlines fly into Pisa and Florence. The train station at Pisa airport has routes into Florence and Pisa's main train station. A bus service connects Florence airport and the city's main train station. Most international flights arrive at Rome Fiumicino, which is 45 minutes outside of the city. A train from the airport operates every 30 minutes and takes 30 minutes to arrive at Rome's main train station (Rome Termini). The train trip from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

Tips & Warnings

 
Italians love it when you try to speak their language. A pocket-size guide to Italian will help you out when no one speaks English and will help you make friends with the locals. If you love to shop, then Tuscany is the place for you. Plan on bringing an extra bag to fill with presents and souvenirs. Information on Italy's train system can be found online at www.trenitalia.com. Timetables and fare information are available. Carry a change of clothes and essential items in your hand luggage just in case your luggage doesn't arrive. Pack a sweater or jacket as it often gets cold on long flights. When traveling on long flights, avoid caffeine and alcohol on the day you travel as they dehydrate you. Instead drink plenty of water.
 
Italians love it when you try to speak their language. A pocket-size guide to Italian will help you out when no one speaks English and will help you make friends with the locals.
 
If you love to shop, then Tuscany is the place for you. Plan on bringing an extra bag to fill with presents and souvenirs.
 
Information on Italy's train system can be found online at www.trenitalia.com. Timetables and fare information are available.
 
Carry a change of clothes and essential items in your hand luggage just in case your luggage doesn't arrive. Pack a sweater or jacket as it often gets cold on long flights.
 
When traveling on long flights, avoid caffeine and alcohol on the day you travel as they dehydrate you. Instead drink plenty of water.

Article Written By Alexandra Pallut

Alexandra Pallut is a travel, health and fitness writer based in Steamboat Springs, Colo. She has been writing her way around the world since 2008 and currently works with Ruba.com. Pallut graduated with a degree in English literature and French language from Lancaster University in Great Britain.

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