January 17, 2012, 01:19 AM
Tuscany in March 2012
Spending a week in Tuscany. Would like "must see" items that may not be on the average tourists list of to do's. Cooking class is a must though. Any ideas?? Thank You!!!
January 22, 2012, 01:27 PM
March 2012 Tuscany Events and Festivals
San Gimignano Morte di S.Fina
The death of Saint Fina Mass is celebrated in the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and a fair is held in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna. Special blessing of the children.
First Sunday after the 12 March
San Gimignano Giornata del Ritorno
The day of Return. San Gimignano natives who have emigrated meet and celebrate their return (biennial festivity, only in evennumbered years.
Torrita di Siena Palio dei somari
Donkey race. The eight districts in which the village is organised compete in a donkey race. The race is preceded by a procession of figurants in costume and by an exhibition by sbandieratori (flag tossers) and drummers.
January 24, 2012, 07:03 PM
lots of areas in Tuscany are not on the main to-do list, especially in March
Where in Tuscany will you be staying? Is this your first time to Tuscany? There are many things on the "average tourist's list of to do's" that you should definitely see and do if it is your first time, otherwise you'll miss out on some of the main things! In any case, March is low season so many of these places won't be as crowded as you find them in the summer.
How about staying at a B&B in the countryside and doing cooking classes with them? Look at this one for example:
If it isn't, then I recommend you rent a car while you are here and stay in the countryside: off the beaten track areas of Tuscany that are definitely not on everyone to-do list includes Arezzo, the Casentino Valley (visit Poppi and Camaldoli), Elba (March is off season so water will be cold, but it's still beautiful) and the area south of San Quirico Val d'Orcia (Montichiello and Radicondoli) and Monte Amiata. These are just some ideas to get you going!!