Valentine's Day in Tuscany: the perfect destination for lovers

January 17, 2014

Tuscany, with its beautiful cities, ancient villages and beautiful scenery of the countryside, is the ideal place to celebrate Valentine's Day, taking advantage of the fact that this year Valentine's Day is a Friday: perfect, then, for a long weekend of fun with your partner.

You will be spoiled for choice to decide where to spend Valentine's Day in Tuscany. Florence, with its bridges over the Arno that offer deliciously romantic glimpses, is the most classic destination, but other cities in the region, such as Pisa, Siena and Lucca, are able to give the same sweet atmosphere, not to mention, of course, the many towns and medieval villages located in or along the Maremma Etruscan Coast.

To those looking for a romantic getaway from the city, instead, Tuscany offers many wellness hotel and spas to celebrate Valentine's Day on a weekend of pampering and relaxation, including thermal treatments, whirlpools, saunas and steam baths. You should not miss the farmhouses in the countryside, where you can sample the local cuisine by candlelight, and the magnificent villas in the hills, which allow you to enjoy the beauty of the region away from clamor and confusion.

Tour guides point out usually four romantic destinations that attract every year on February 14 thousands of tourists in Tuscany, not only from Italy: the Ways of Love in Pienza, the Tree of Love in Lucignano, San Galgano and the Lighthouse of Lovers on the Isola del Giglio.

In Pienza (Siena), around the historic village square will span four lanes with names that can tell you everything: via dell'Amore (Love Street), via del Bacio (Kiss Street), via del Buio (Dark Street) e via della Fortuna (Fortune Street). In addition, this was the place where in 1968 Franco Zeffirelli set for many scenes of his movie "Romeo and Juliet". In Lucignano (Arezzo), there is the Tree of Love, an ancient reliquary in the shape of a tree made of gilded copper and silver, which according to an old belief would have aphrodisiac powers. San Galgano (Siena) is an enchanted place where the real sword in the stone is kept, embedded in stone in 1180 by Galgano Guidotti. And finally there is the Lighthouse of Lovers on the Isola del Giglio, made famous the book "Scusa ma ti voglio sposare" (I'm sorry but I want to marry you), written by the Italian writer Federico Moccia.

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