Tuscany in a motorhome
Motorhome travel Italy – Tuscany
Motorehome travel in Italy. Tower of Pisa
Tuscany must be near the top of your list as an area to vist on a motorhome holiday in Italy. With it`s wine districts, cites, nature, The tower of Pisa and other tourist attractions, it is an area full of delights.
Tuscany in a motorhome. The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa is a great place to visit on your motorhome holiday in Tucany, Italy. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistery. The world famous Pisa Tower was built over a period of about 199 years.
Construction of the tower occurred in three stages. Work on the ground floor of the white marble campanile began on August 14, 1173, during a period of military success and prosperity. This ground floor is a blind arcade articulated by engaged columns with classical Corinthian capitals. Soon after the construction started in 1173 the tower began to sink due to a poorly laid foundation and was left alone for almost a century. When the construction resumed the engineers built higher floors with one side taller than the other to compensate for the tilt and the tower was finally finished in the 2nd half of the 14th century. Since 2001, the famous tower in Pisa is again open to those wishing to climb it’s 296 steps.
In 1935, engineers became worried that excess water under the foundation would weaken the landmark and accelerate its decline. To seal the base of the tower, workers drilled a network of angled holes into the foundation and then filled them with cement grouting mixture. They only made the problem worse. The tower began to lean even more precipitously.
Tuscany in a motorhome. Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Tuscany is a region of about 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 square miles) and a population of about 3.8 million. The regional capital is Florence. The Tuscany landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities, make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist for rental motorhome travel. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless.
Tuscany in a motorhome. Tuscany is the most famous of all Italian wine regions, thanks to the romantic glamor of its endless rolling hills, cypress-lined country roads and hilltop villages. Its vineyards produce an array of internationally recognised wines in various styles. These go far beyond the well-known reds, and include dry whites. Its red wines such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are as appreciated as its tasty, peppery extra-virgin olive oil. Then there are the numerous pecorino cheeses as well as cured meats such as the Cinta Senese, salame toscano or those made from local cinghiale (wild boar) that make Tuscan cuisine simple yet tasty.
Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. Located only 80 km apart, the Pisa airport is the larger of the two airports. Both airports handle flights to major European cities. Pisa handles the bulk of European scheduled flights so it might be easier to find flights into Pisa and you can rent your motorhome at the airport.
The provinces of the region are: Florence (regional capital), Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.