If you're looking for a completely personalised trip to Italy, you've come to the right place. Because of our intimate knowledge of Italy and partnership with many hotels and tour operators in Italy, we can help you to put together a personalised holiday that you'll remember forever. Tuscany holidays from Great Little Escapes (trading as Tuscan Secrets) are the best around, and you can learn about this destination here.
Here at Tuscan Secrets (a trading style of Great Little Escapes), we think Tuscany boasts a beauty superior to many other tourist destinations. There’s plenty to take your breath away. Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities make Tuscany a wonderful destination.
The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, crystal-clear sea and rich seabed, are quite spectacular. Elba is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago. Elba also forms part of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park.
You might wish to admire the uncontaminated nature in the Apuan Alps and in several other protected areas, such as the Orbetello Lagoon - home to many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets. However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropolis and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.
Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defence systems, country churches (the so-called pievi), and beautiful abbeys are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti, and the Maremma.
Tuscany is full of spa towns and hot springs, including Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano, and Bagno Vignoni. These offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatments.
Temperature Guide - Tuscany Page
Spring (21 March – 20 June): 10°/20°C
Summer (21 June – 22 September): 15°/35°C
Autumn (23 September – 20 December): 8°/20°C
Winter (21 December – 20 March): 0°/10°C
The scenery throughout Tuscany varies quite considerably depending on where you go. The landscape and terrain in the North is very different from the South. Its unspoiled landscape is mountainous, more rugged and broken up with thick woodland.
Northern Tuscany boasts traditional hilltop villages and medieval castles, but here the pace is much slower, despite the area being densely populated. As well as being by the breathtaking Apuan Alps, you can easily reach the coast within a 30-minute drive.
Northern Tuscany offers the best of both worlds. Soak up the sun on the beach, go hiking in the mountains, or visit amazing cities and towns such as Florence, Lucca, Pisa, and Pistoia. Northern Tuscany may be less stereotypically Tuscan but it has classic architecture, artistic treasures, striking hilly landscapes, and plenty of cultural events to enjoy.
Few British tourists travel to the Etruscan Coast. This is the coastline running south from Pisa. It is known as being less commercialised and offering better value for money than the northern coastline of Versilia.
There are numerous Blue Flag beaches. Some are edged by pinewoods and there are nature reserves and soft sandy beaches offering quiet and relaxation as well as busier ones. There are rocky beaches too offering the benefits for snorkelling.
Travel inland and this is farming country where we offer a number of wonderful ‘agritourismo’, these are working farms where they have converted barns and outbuildings into holiday accommodation.
Travelling further south, we enter the Tuscan region of Maremma. Again we have a wide range of wonderful and differing types of beaches as well as many farms, but we also have some extraordinary historical towns such as Grosetto, which along with Lucca and Bergamo are the only three cities to still have a totally intact wall.
This small island off the coast of Tuscany is rich in iron ore and surrounded by crystal water of the Mediterranean. Napoleon was famously exiled here and his homes can be visited today. There is a high peak and plenty of opportunity to walk as well as cycle, enjoy water sports or sailing or simply relax after wonderful food and wine, for which Elba is renowned today.
With 150 beaches to choose from, there are plenty of options to find the perfect beach for sports, relaxation, comfort, romance, family-friendly, or uninhabited. Elba is the third biggest island in Italy and is the capital of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park thanks to her rich geological territory, stunning landscapes, and vast biodiversity.
We feature 6 of the main resorts on Elba Island:
Elba - Tuscany Page
Marina di Campo