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Exploring the great outdoors in Tuscany

Written by Fiona

September 20 2016

There are many reasons to visit Tuscany including famous food, wine, art and shopping. But there’s also a stunning landscape to explore on foot, bike, horseback and by moped if you fancy.

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Walking in Tuscany

There’s perhaps no better way to see the Tuscan countryside, dotted with charming historic villages, than by travelling on foot. You could start with a gentle tour of the Brolio Castle gardens or Chianti vineyards, or if you’re up for a more strenuous hike, head to the Apuan Alps.

Monte Forato is a popular destination for travellers, with its famous natural arch that looks like a hole. There are a number of tour companies that will take you to destinations a bit more off the beaten path. Travelling in Tuscany with Ariannandfriends is one way to uncover hidden lakes and cypress groves you may not find on your own, and they even provide an archaeological guide to share unique insights.

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Horseback Riding

Another exciting way to explore is on horseback. The Pisan Hills is an ideal setting for a horseback excursion, with its gravel roads and traditional farmhouses. If you’re new to horseback riding, it’s best to look for licensed guides who can take you out at a gentle gait.

Bonding with the horses can be a really wonderful experience for any animal lover and you’ll gain an appreciation for this charming farmland backdrop when it’s seen from the back of a horse.

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Quad Biking and Vespa Tours

Do you prefer to explore on the back of a motorised vehicle? There’s nothing more quintessentially Italian than riding a sleek Vespa through the back roads of the countryside. Travelling by Vespa is also ideal within cities like Florence, as you zip through the alleyways and explore the urban sights.

Quad biking is another outdoor activity that’s taken off in recent years throughout the region. Look for tour companies that offer treks for all levels if you’re new to using this type of vehicle. You’ll be able to travel through olive groves, winding your way past medieval castles and woodland landscapes on a powerful all-terrain vehicle.

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Winter Sports

Tuscany is beautiful in any season and it draws a slightly different crowd of visitors in the winter. When the local mountains are covered with snow, the Garfagnana area in particular is a top destination for winter sports. You can try cross country skiing or downhill skiing in the Apennines and Apuan Alps. Snow shoeing is another possibility, letting you follow the footprints of wildlife as you take in the majestic mountain views.

Summer or winter, rain or shine, there’s plenty to do in Tuscany for outdoor enthusiasts. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. You can also enjoy golfing, mountain biking, kayaking, or any other outdoor activity you can imagine.

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