A vacation in Tuscany is always a great idea and each season brings something marvellous to see and experience. Best known for its breath-taking countryside, Tuscany (1) also offers treats for art enthusiasts, wine buffs, foodies and nature lovers. No wonder visiting Tuscany is part of many travellers’ bucket list!
If you’ve been wanting to see and experience the wonders of Tuscany yourself, there are a few things you have to consider, especially when booking your hotel or alternative accommodation. Here’s a handy guide to help you cover your bases!
When to go there
Before booking a hotel, determine your travel dates first. Locals recommend visiting Tuscany between April and May and between September and October, when the weather is temperate and there are fewer crowds. Prices of food and lodging are also a bit lower, so if you want to save, travel during the “quiet” season.
Where to base yourself
Exactly where in Tuscany will you stay? One of the factors that will help you decide is where you want to visit, which of course will also depend on the length of your stay. Do a bit of research on the region by reading guidebooks or websites about Tuscany to see which attractions interest you most. A good place to start exploring from can be Florence or Pisa, both being tourist Meccas. You can then make a list of day trips or sightseeing tours you want to make. Check where they are located on the map to help you zoom in to a central location. Once you have that sorted, you can now book your hotel!
Which hotel or lodging option
Check tourism and hotel booking websites to see which hotels, bed and breakfasts, apartments, villas and other accommodation that are located within the vicinity of your chosen central location and are available during your travel dates. Once you see one that fits your needs and budget, browse around for promos or discount coupons for that hotel to bring the rates down (2) and cut the costs of your accommodation. You can also contact the owner or manager directly to confirm availability—you can even receive bonus offers!
What method of transport to use
Another factor that will help you decide where in Tuscany to stay is the method of transport you need to get from one place to another. Many hotels and vacation rentals are located in towns and cities with good public transport options, while some are situated in hilltop villages that may require a private car to be reached.
When booking a hotel or B&B, ask the manager or owner about available transportation methods. If you’ll be coming from the Galileo Galilei International Airport or the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, will they be able to arrange a pickup or will you have to get there via public transport or hired vehicle? Booking a hotel that can assist you in your transport needs would be a plus.
Even if you’ll probably be touring outside most of the time, hotel amenities are still a factor when booking your hotel. After a long day of walking or driving, many travellers love to come home to a hot tub or take a dip in the pool before heading off to a fancy dinner. Consider the amenities that are must-haves for you and things you can do without (such as air conditioning or Wi-Fi) before booking.
About the author: Sarah Hinchliffe is a keen writer and enjoys writing about a number of lifestyle related topics from travelling to fitness. When not writing, Sarah enjoys looking after her two Dogues de Bordeaux and doing yoga at her local gym.