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Filled with hidden treasures and unexpected experiences to live, there’s no end to adventures in Tuscany. Explore the great outdoors here any time of the year, with something to do in every season: rafting, biking, hiking, trekking, horseback riding, canyoning, caving, paragliding, sailing, climbing, diving, bird watching, and more. Tuscany invites the active traveler to immerse in its landscapes, in its villages dotted around the region, and to savor its unique atmosphere—a mix of local culture, hearty food, great wines, authentic traditions, medieval festivals, architecture, art and outdoor activities.

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Adventure Highlights

Trek, cycle or horseback ride the 380 km of Via Francigena in Tuscany, part of the 1700-km road from the medieval times linking Canterbury, UK to Rome, Italy.

Discover the Pistoian Mountain and the nature trails along the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines via mountain bike, starting from the Abetone and Doganaccia ski areas.

Enjoy a thermal bath under the starry skies with locals. For this natural spa experience, head to Bagni San Filippo, Saturnia or San Casciano dei Bagni.

Trek or bike the trails of the “sacred forests” of Casentino National Park and sleep in a hermitage to the sounds of intermittent deer calls.

Set sail around the crystal clear blue waters of Tuscan Archipelago National Park, a protected marine area, and visit Capraia, Giglio and Elba Islands.

Go snorkeling and diving in the deep sea of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.

Hike along the Vie Cave, ancient canyons carved by the Etruscans into rock thousands of years ago, connecting necropolis and temples in the Archeological Park of Città del Tufo in the Maremma Region.

Hike on Monte Amiata, southern Tuscany’s dormant volcano or take a bike up the chairlift and ride down through beech forests.

Climb the Apuan Alps in search of a royal eagle and a red partridge.

Visit Antro del Corchia to go caving in the Apuan Alps Geopark and discover the underground karst variety.

Visit the Padule di Fucecchio, the largest inland marsh in Italy, where both the birds and birders flock.

Take in the stunning vistas of Val d’Orcia region on a bike, on the dense network of the beloved white roads, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Tuscany.

Discover the unspoiled Lunigiana region, in the northern part of Tuscany by mountain bike or on foot. Be charmed by its peaks, old villages and castles.


Tuscany Stories

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Interesting Facts

  • Tuscany boasts 3 national parks, 3 regional parks, 46 regional natural areas, and 3 provincial parks.
  • The Italian language originated from Tuscany, and so did Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and “Pinocchio”.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte spent his days in exile on Elba Island, which today is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.
  • 2 of the 120 UNESCO heritage geoparks in the world are located in Tuscany.
  • You’d find that some of the natural parks (or designated areas within the parks) have limited access. That is because Tuscany enforces strict regulation for the conservation and the maintenance of the ecosystems.
  • You can go skiing in Tuscany, at one of the 6 resorts in the region.
  • Tuscany produces well known Italian red wine Chianti.
  • Boiled cow’s stomach, also known as Lampredotto, is one of the most popular local delicacies.
  • Tuscany was a renowned center of the arts and learning from the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance, and you can find some of the world’s most precious artwork here today.
  • The famed Leaning Tower of Pisa took 176 years to build!

Plan A Trip

The adventure travel operators listed below are members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and are committed to values that drive a necessary movement to change travel so that it benefits the businesses, the people and the environment of the places we travel. Connect with any of them to start planning your trip.

AdventureSmith Explorations
Pure Adventures
KE Adventure Travel
Butterfield and Robinson