Visit Some of the Most Photographed Places in Tuscany with VBT

Tuscany landscape

Tuscany is one of the most heralded regions in Italy and is known for beautiful scenery, artistic history and amazing cuisine and local vineyards. Between its Mediterranean coast, historic architecture, hilltop villages, medieval cities and rolling hills, there are plenty of chances to take some amazing pictures of Tuscany while on your vacation. With 5 tours in the region, VBT takes travelers on a variety of adventures and there will be plenty of photo ops along the way—so don’t leave your camera back at the hotel!  Here are a few of the most photographed places in Tuscany.

Val D’Orcia + Siena (found on Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike​)
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Between the rolling hills and chalk plains of Val D’Orcia—Orcia River Valley—is where you’ll find a lot of iconic agricultural landscapes seen in many Renaissance paintings. The cypress trees, poppy blooms and hilltop castles and villas that dot the region make for some breathtaking imagery. The area is also close to some amazing medieval villages like San Gimignano. With VBT, you’ll also visit Siena, which is the embodiment of a medieval city. Throughout history, the town has preserved its Gothic appearance, which was developed between the 12th and 15th centuries. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was created as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape. Don’t miss the Siena Cathedral as the façade alone is worth the visit.

Florence (found on both The Tuscan Coast​ & Italy: The Quiet Pathways of Tuscany)
Florence Italy

Four of our Tuscan vacations begin with an optional pre-extension spending two magical days in Florence, the art lover’s paradise. Tuscany boasts more classified historical monuments than any other region in the world, and the most dazzling are in Florence. The Renaissance began here, and the period’s great works of art are on display throughout the city. Florence is a great city to explore on foot and has many attractions concentrated in the relatively small historic center stretching from Piazza del Duomo south to the Arno River. At night try heading up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which has a great view overlooking the city.

Lucca + Pisa (found on Cycling Italy’s Middle Ages: Lucca to Pisa​)Pisa
During our stay in Lucca, we’ll ride atop the city’s famous Renaissance city walls with their large and well-beaten avenues created for pedestrians and bikers. Photographers will rejoice in the views inward towards the city as well as outward towards the Apuan Alps—not too far from where Michelangelo used to personally choose the big blocks of marble that he used to craft his iconic sculptures. You’ll also spend an afternoon in Pisa at one of the most outstanding piazzas in the world: Campo dei Miracoli. Here you can get some great shots of the famous leaning tower, the cathedral, baptistery and cemetery.

Giglio Island (found on Tuscany by the Sea)
View from Giglio Castello
For classic coastal scenery, we’ll board a ferry to Giglio Island, arriving in the village of Giglio Porto. During our afternoon stay take some photos in the walled hilltop town of Giglio Castello, dominated by a fortress called the Rocca Pisana. This town is the oldest inhabited center on the island and still retains much of its medieval atmosphere. For dramatic coastal views, be sure to bring your camera to Campese Beach where we’ll eat lunch and spend some free time swimming or relaxing on the beach. Ample photography chances await you on an optional hike along the Faraglione cliffs, where some 700 different species of wildflowers and plants grow in this remote little corner of Tuscany.

These are just a few examples of the spectacular places to take photographs in Tuscany while on tour with VBT. To read more about our Italian vacations, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.

Top 10 Most Popular VBT Vacations in 2013

Cesky Krumlov
Trying to choose which vacation to take with VBT can be quite the decision since we offer so many amazing tours—over 50 biking and walking vacations throughout the year to over 25 countries. Being that we just completed another successful year of active travel, we thought it would be fun to see which vacations were most popular with our travelers in the past year. As you can see, Europe remains a seemingly perfect destination to explore, exercise and experience endless possibilities with VBT. So without further ado, here are the “Top 10 Most Popular VBT Vacations in 2013.”

CZ1.) The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria ​bicycling vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include a guided tour of historic Cesky Krumlov, lunch in the home of a local Czech family, learning about Bavarian culture from the owners of a local tavern and viewing two scenic marvels of Austria: the Danube’s Schlögener Schlinge and the Wachau Valley.

2.) The Tuscan Coast biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  TC
Highlights include tasting the best varietals of the Agrihotel Elisabetta’s wine cantina, riding along the Strada del Vino, a home-cooked meal of delicious Tuscan cuisine, an olive oil mill tour & tasting, and relaxing on Tyrrhenian Sea beaches and seaside towns along the way.

PU3.) Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast biking vacation
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include stays at masserie, a home-hosted lunch and olive oil tasting with a local family, cruising along peaceful country roads tracing a glimmering coast and learning about the unique construction of a trulli house.

4.) Tuscany by the Sea biking vacation TB
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include stays at charming agriturismos that produce their own wines and olive oils, cooking lessons, a private tour of Giglio Island, gelato sampling and stunning cycling routes along the countryside, elegant villas and gardens, and the sea.

SB5.) Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation ​| Traveler Rating: 4.6/5
Highlights include a sampling tour of a historic chocolate making factory, exploring baroque palaces, preparing Sicilian delicacies with a local chef and swimming in the blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

6.) Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 ID
Highlights include admiring breathtaking scenery on thrilling descents, discovering the rare language of the Ladin people, picnicking on the shores of Lake Calalzo, and visiting the Duomo della Collegiata—the oldest monastery in the Dolomites.

SP7.) Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky​ bicycling vacation | Traveler rating: 4.7/5
Highlights include a guided tour of the Mezquita of Cordoba, cruising along the sleepy Spanish Vega on the Via Verde biking trail, an invigorating hammam massage, and learning to prepare authentic paella with a local chef.

8.) Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands ​bicycling vacation CI
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 

Highlights include a visit to one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, a dinner in a family home, a cooking lesson, a trip to Hvar, swimming in pristine waters and riding on spectacular coastal routes.

PA9.) Provence: The Alpilles biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include stunning views of the Alpilles from the village of Les Baux, a private walking tour of scenes that inspired van Gogh, a home-cooked dinner with a renowned pastry chef, visiting the famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, and guided tours of St. Rémy and Avignon—the “City of Popes.”

TIE 10.) The Amalfi Coast & Capri walking vacation |Traveler Rating: 5/5 AW
Highlights include exploring the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, a braiding fresh mozzarella demonstration, a trek on the “Path of the Gods, learning about the ancient art of paper-making, and a stroll among ornate, historic villas and lush gardens on the celebrated isle of Capri.

CGTIE 10.) California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast​ biking vacation | Traveler rating: 5/5
Highlights include wine tastings at two prestigious vineyard estates, standing at the foot of some of America’s largest trees at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, cycling along the rugged Pacific coast and exploring three world-famous wine regions: Carneros, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley.