Things not to do in Tuscany
Squeeze too much in. Lucca, Florence, Sienna, Pisa, San Gimi-watsit… Arrghhh! Sometimes what was meant to be a quiet and stress free break in Tuscany can turn into more of a nightmare, especially if you’re visiting for a week or less. Best advice is not to fill every day with a different ‘must see’ city or town. Give yourself some space to laze by the pool or just linger a little longer over an alfresco meal. Those medieval scenes have been there a while – and you know what? They’ll still be there next time you visit.
Be scared of driving. Yes, Italy has something of a reputation for ‘fearless’ drivers and yes, the roads in Tuscany are notorious twisty turny, but please don’t let this put you off exploring the region in more depth. Ditch that wide wheeled Chelsea Tractor and join the cool club with a cheeky Cinquecento that may take a little longer but will certainly help you negotiate narrow tracks as well as hugging those hairpin bends with a touch more confidence.
Forget your phrase book. Friends of mine once drove to Tuscany from the UK and stopped off en-route for what they thought was going to be a large white coffee. ‘Caldo?’ the barman asked. It was the summer so they all agreed that the colder the better would be just fine. Three pints of warm milk later and they were back on the road. Try to learn some Italian before you visit Tuscany, it’s good fun and might well keep you awake past Pisa.