Talk to Tuscany: what it is and how it works

Talk to Tuscany is a community based customer care service about Tuscany. In few words it offers tips, answers and advice about your trip to Tuscany. Let’s go in-depth to understand how this service work and how it can be useful for you.

If you’re coming to Tuscany but you don’t know where to find the answers to your questions, if you want to get information from experts or to speak with locals but you don’t know how to get in touch with them…then, Talk to Tuscany is the solution.

Talk to Tuscany is the answer to all these questions. This service is free and anyone can ask or answer questions about Tuscany.

 

How it works

Questions and answers on Talk to Tuscany become part of a sensitive database able to answer independently when it records similar questions. Questions and answers from users that address to the system are indexed by Google and thus become visible to users profiles. This means that you can read the question even though you’re not logged in.

If you want to ask questions, instead, first of all you have to be registered. You can log in with your Facebook or Twitter account or in few minutes by writing your name, email, telephone, country and password. Questions must contain more than 3 words and tags (to enable other users to find your question). You can edit or delete your question after publishing it.

If you want to answer a question, you have to click on the question itself, fill the box and submit the answer. You can also use the advanced formatting with bold, italics and underlined letters, links, bullet lists and so on. You can post your answer also on Facebook or Twitter checking the little box under the answer.

Answers can be rated by simply selecting the ‘Great Answer’ or ‘Not Helpful’ icons at the bottom left corner of each answer section.

In the section “profile” you can update your information. You can also manage your notifications in order to receive emails from Talk to Tuscany. You can unsubscribe at any moment.

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Finally, here are few words about badges. Using Talk to Tuscany allows you to gain badges. This is because the more you use it; the more people trust what you say. Badges are based on how many log in you’ve done, how many answers you’ve given, the ratings that other give to you and so on.

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Some romantic holidays for next summer in Tuscany

Have you already programmed your nearest holidays in Tuscany? Well done!

We have assembled some ideas to facilitate you decide what to do once in Tuscany and how to employ your time in the best manner!

  • If you are with your partner delight all the romanticism of Tuscany!

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[Photo Credits: Gemma Maree]

  • If you desire to visit the territory around Pisa here are some essential points.

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[Photo Credits: Visit Tuscany]

  • If you desire go to Versilia and revitalize yourself.

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[Photo Credits: franz rossman]

  • If you require to do sport.

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[Photo Credits: Christian Ostrosky]

  • If you demand to take part to some exhibitions.

Medioevo_eventi

[Photo Credits: Renzo Ferrante]

  • You can go catching fishes….

retoni

[Photo Credits: Jacqueline Poggi]

  • … Or playing golf.

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[Photo Credits: Renzo Ferrante]

  • Or listen to a concert at Lucca Summer Festival.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

What are your coming ideas for a summer in Tuscany?

The nature train in Tuscany

From March to December, you can discover the Terre di Siena thanks to sixteen ‘slow’ itineraries on a vintage train. The vintage train is the perfect means of transport to slowly savor the uniqueness of Tuscany’s countryside, traditions, art and culture.

The 2013 edition of the Nature Train permits tourists to appreciate incomparable itineraries, the beauty of the landscapes and enjoy a myriad of special events that will welcome guests at each destination. Each itinerary on the Nature Train, in fact, is associated with fairs, festivals, exhibitions, markets and initiatives, which aim to mix rides with a visits to discover excellent local foods and the extraordinary artistic and cultural traditions of the province of Siena. This tour is perfect for Italian and foreign tourists and, in particular, families with children. The trip takes place on a vintage locomotive steam train, which brings visitors into the area of the Crete Senesi, the Val d’Orcia and Monte Amiata, making stops at folk and historic feasts and festivals addressed to truffles, mushrooms, olive oil and wine, chestnuts and cheeses.

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[Photo Credits: Frank Andiver]

The first itinerary of the program is in San Giovanni d’Asso (March 10), which explores a local exquisiteness – the March truffles. In April , the next stop is in Buonconvento, where guests and tourists can promenade through the alleys and the squares of the pretty town searching unique objects from the past at the Antique Fair (Sunday, April 1st). The program goes on in Castiglione d’Orcia, near the Rocca di Tentennano, having the view of the valley from a large rock of limestone (Thursday, April 25) and then in San Quirico d’Orcia to have knowledge of the excellent wines of the Orcia Valley along the Via Francigena (Sunday, April 28).

In May, the Nature Train presents four new itineraries: the historical Maggiolata di Sant’Angelo Scalo, in the burgh of Montalcino, is represented by music, market stalls and good food (Wednesday, May 1); the special edition of the Mercatino delle Crete di Asciano to taste a special pecorino (Sunday, May 12); the Festa del Treno (Feast of the train) in Torrenieri to discover the small village found along the Via Francigena and look round the stalls selling organic food products and local crafts (Sunday, May 19); and the flavors of spring in Sant’Angelo Scalo, with bus transfer to Monte Amiata to enjoy cherries and wine (Sunday, May 26).

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[Photo Credits: Frank Andiver]

The journeys on the Nature Train end on Sunday, October 13 at Vivo d’Orcia, with the essences of autumn, and on Sunday, December 15 in Siena to visit the museums, towers and squares of the city of the Palio.

The full program of the 16 itineraries is obtainable at www.trenonatura.terresiena.it. Each trip of the Nature Train continues the whole day and upon arrival at each station there will be a bus service to the various places. The steam train ticket costs 29 euro for adults and it is free for children up to 10 years (without the right to a seat, accompanied by at least one paying adult). For groups, there is a free ticket for every 25 people paying. A reservation is required and the registration fee for each participant is € 3.

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[Photo Credits: Frank Andiver]

For information: www.ferrovieturistiche.it

Ferrovia Val d’Orcia: [email protected] tel. 0577 207413 / 338 8992577

Agenzia Viaggi Visione del mondo: e-mail: [email protected] 0577 48003

Terre di Siena:

  • Siena Piazza del Campo, 56, phone 0577 280551/0577 283004; fax 0577 270676, email [email protected];
  • Chianciano Terme, Piazza Italia, 67, phone 0578 671122 and 0578 671123, fax 0578 63277, e-mail [email protected],
  • Abbadia San Salvatore, Via Adua, 21, phone 0577 77581, fax 0577 775877, email [email protected]

Public transportation and Airport in Tuscany

Are you projecting to visit Tuscany and you have no idea of what to do once arrived at the airport? Do you want to reach a hidden hamlet you’ve always aspired to visit? This post will help you obtaining the company of public transportation you have to contact to move through Tuscany without your own car.

Airplane

Tuscany has two International airports:

– Amerigo Vespucci in Florence

Florence airport is on the north western area of Florence and has direct access both to the Firenze-Pisa A11 motorway and to the A1 “Autostrada del Sole”. You can arrive at Florence’s historical center with taxis and a bus shuttle.

– Galileo Galilei International airport in Pisa

Pisa airport has direct access to many road: the Firenze-Pisa-Livorno carriageway (Pisa Centro – Aeroporto exit), the Genova-Rosignano A12 motorway (Pisa Centro exit), the Firenze-Pisa A11 and the road SS1 “Aurelia”. There is  also a direct junction by train between the airport terminal and Pisa Central Station just outside the departures entry. You can also reach the center of Pisa with bus or taxi service.

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[Photo Credits: Ashley Buttle http://ow.ly/i4aV3]

Train

Reach Tuscany by train is easy because Tuscany is united to many European railway lines. The service is run by Trenitalia and Italo and the main centre is Florence. There are several lines so you can reach almost every part of Tuscany.

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Asciano Station [Photo Credits: Phillip Capper http://ow.ly/i4bkV]

Bus

Arezzo province: Etruria Mobilità SCaRL

Florence province: ATAF

Grosseto province: TIEMME S.p.A.

Leghorn province: ATL Azienda Trasporti Livornese S.p.A.

Lucca province: C.L.A.P. S.p.A.

Massa Carrara province: CAT S.p.A.

Pisa province: CPT Compagnia Pisana Trasporti

Pistoia province: COPIT S.p.A.

Prato province: CAP

Siena province: TRAIN S.p.A.

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[Photo Credits: colddayforpontooning http://ow.ly/i4c2y]