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Explore the Tuscany Hills by Foot, Car or Bike


An Italian tour of the Tuscany hills and mountains is just as dreamy and picturesque as it sounds. The Cinquecento Tuscany Tour can give you this exciting experience.This seven-day tour is certainly worth your while if you are going to see what Tuscany has to offer. To take your trip to the next level of fun, rent an Italian car like the Fiat 500 and go wherever you want in Tuscany. This means a lot of adventure and sightseeing on your own!

The tour begins at the Figline Val D’arno Station where the tour’s driver will pick up you up so that you can head off to the apartment situated in a farmhouse which will be where you will be staying for the duration of the tour.

For Sunday, you get to participate in cooking classes and “sagre” which is a local village festival. On Monday, you’ll be discovering the many mysteries of Volterra, a medieval town found in the heart of Tuscany. On Tuesday, you’ll be learning a lot about Italian history, art, and culture, all while driving a Fiat 500. In this part of the tour, you’ll be visiting the Anghiari village which is one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of Italy. Wednesday is your free time. Consider renting an Italian car like the Fiat 500 and go wherever you want in Tuscany. This means a lot of adventure and sightseeing on your own!

By Thursday, still with your Fiat 500, you’ll get to see the Pratomagno Mountain and be fascinated by the enchanting mountains of Tuscany. Friday is dedicated to gastronomic adventures with cheese, wine, and the famous Chianina. By the time you finish the tour, you’ll have lots of fun memories to take home with you. This is surely an adventure to remember for years to come.

Apart from these destinations, if you still have the time and would love to know more and see more of Tuscany, there are still other things you can do. Consider visiting the Villa Gamberaia gardens, a side trip to Tunisia or one of the stops listed below:

Biking on Lucca’s wall

If you want to take a break from walking or driving around the city, you have the option to go biking instead and see parts of the city from another perspective. Lucca’s Wall is not a narrow wall where you have to balance your bike. It’s actually very wide and the wall itself 

circles the city. You don’t have to worry about the path either because it’s completely flat. Lucca has so many picnic spots where you can take a break and have a snack. Biking around Lucca’s Wall is a great activity for anyone who plans on visiting Italy along with their kids.

You can rend the bikes at Cicli Bizzarri at Piazza Santa Maria. It is found at the north end of the town inside Lucca’s Walls. They are open everyday and you don’t need to have any reservations to rent a bike unless you are with a large group. You can rent a helmet but they’ll tell you that you won’t really need one. The pace is slow and relaxed so you won’t expect people on bikes racing around.  After five minutes of biking on Lucca’s Wall, you’ll get a feel of how people go about with their pace and you can match that with yours. Just enjoy the view and the breeze. Relax and take your time. This is one great way to get to know a place.

Jeep Tour of Carrara Marble Quarries

Carrara is famous for its marble quarries. It has been quarried since the time of Romans. It is also a favorite of many sculptors like Michelangelo. If you are ever somewhere around the Carrara area, don’t miss the experience of visiting the Fantiscritti Marble Quarries. It is a 50-minute tour on a 4×4. You get to see what’s inside the quarries as well as enjoy the view from the top.

During this tour, you’ll know about the uses and the history of marble. The guide will also orient you about the different kinds of marble and how they are quarried. You’ll get to see the town from many different perspectives.

Also near Carrara is Colonnata, a picturesque little mining town that is famous for its production of lardo. You can stop by Colonnata and settle in one of the many restaurants they have there and have a good meal after the tour.

Ready to explore Tuscany!

Are you excited to see Tuscany? These are just some of the places you can visit either on a Fiat 500, a 4×4 vehicle, or a bicycle. Try them out so you can fully experience Tuscany on many levels. As you will be driving on your own on most occasions, be sure to drive safely and follow the local speed limits and road laws. It’s always good to be oriented about these before you begin your driving tour. When you’re all set, enjoy and have fun!

8 Best Outdoor Activities in Antarctica (and the sub-Antarctic Islands)


An Antarctic cruise sounds pretty cool. It’s something you haven’t done before. It’s something nobody you know has done before. It’s unusual. It’s an adventure. But… what will you do when you get there? Isn’t it all just ice and snow and more ice and snow?

It turns out there’s all sorts of activities you get to try out when you reach the south end of our lovely little planet. Here’s a list naming just 8 of the adventures for you to experience.

Hiking and snowshoeing

Hiking and snowshoeing is an activity offered by almost any cruise (but not every cruise – make sure you do a wee bit of research first).

Usually you’ll be offered a variety of hikes growing in difficulty. They’ll range from an easy stroll along the Antarctic shores up to rugged walks that can take half a day across uneven ground with an amazing vista as a reward at the end of all that huffing and puffing.


Quite a few Antarctic cruises offer you the chance to hop in a kayak and paddle around in a sheltered bay. Kayaking itself is fun and relatively easy to learn, but its awesome factor grows exponentially as you pair it with the location. You’ll get the chance to check out seals sunning themselves on ice flows or penguins making goo-goo eyes at each other by the millions. You might even get the chance to get up close to one of Mother Nature’s greatest works of art – icebergs.


Mountaineering has one foot in the hike category – you’ll generally have to walk a bit to get to the mountains. But once you’re there you’ll be strapping on some crampons (spikes that attach to your boots) and you’ll follow your experienced guide up to where you can get a higher view. You’re definitely going to want to bring a camera.

The Best of Iceland: Essential Travel Guide


Iceland regularly ranks as one of the best tourist locations in the world because of its fascinating geographic features, beautiful history and an array of exciting outdoor activities that make any vacation fun-filled. The country lies between mainland Europe and Greenland. The geographic isolation has allowed for Iceland’s rich Nordic culture to thrive even by today’s standards.

Though many tourists may first perceive Iceland as an isolated country; it is a false belief since they are many direct flights to Reykjavik from the East Coast of the United States. Once you are in Iceland, you can never run short of things to do in your holiday. Keep reading to discover the best of Iceland.

You can consider hiking activities, watch the country’s massive lava fields and even opt for helicopter rides assuming that you don’t mind being an adrenaline junky. Many tourists who have been to Iceland often describe it as a dream holiday destination since it offers unique experiences, thanks to its beautiful landscape, numerous volcanos, hot springs and beautiful glaciers.

Best time to visit Iceland

June and August are popular months among tourists visiting Iceland. June is preferred because it offers 24 hours Arctic daylight while July and August are warmer.

Traveling to Iceland between mid-September and mid-October is also good since the period doesn’t see a swell in tourist numbers as observed between June and August. Therefore, if you would want to experience less hassles at various tourist locations in Iceland, mid-September and mid-August travel would be ideal.

Three Things to Do in the Big Apple


Traveling is one of the best hobbies to have for the simple reason that you can’t run out of things to visit. Traveling is fun and there is always plenty of exploring to do; whether you’re checking out, looking into visiting Natchez or New York. Today we’re taking a look at the New York City, one of the biggest cities in the world. You can expect to choose from quite a few attractions since it’s not just big, it’s also old and full of history. So here are top things to do while in the Big Apple.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visiting a museum might not have been on your priority list but this isn’t just any museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a place where 5000 thousand years worth of history collide in millions (2 million to be more precise) art pieces. It’s definitely a place for those passionate about both art and history.

Go down in Time Square

Time Square is an iconic landmark in its own right so if you’re in New York City you just have to go see it for yourself. You’ve definitely seen it in movies and other media, but it’s a completely different experience when you’re right there, in the middle of the crowd. It’s definitely a chaotic place as well, where you can expect your body to be pushed into overdrive due to all the things that attract your attention at the same time. From the huge crowds making their way from one side to the other, to the different events or manifestations in the streets, to the infinite number of billboards and publicity display panels, there are loads of colors and sounds all mixing into one big boom.

Climb the Empire State Building

Of course, we mean climb it from the inside, not Spider-Man your way to the top. The Empire State Building is another iconic landmark that pretty much defines New York but also represents a pure portion of America’s essence. The Empire State Building passed the 100th mark when it comes to how many floors it has, and the higher you go, the more breath taking the view becomes. Those who make it all the way to the 102nd floor are rewarded with a truly incredible oversight of the city. That’s the kind of mental picture that never leaves you, and that’s also probably why the Empire State Building is the most popular place for tourists to visit in the Big Apple.

Photo courtesy of  Prathamesh Kale

7 Outstanding Caves in India


India is dotted with many splendid and striking cave sites. From the aesthetically pleasing cave sites in Ajanta to the spiritually soothing caves of Tabo to the historically invigorating caves of Bhimbetka or the natural splendor of the Borra caves, the vision they provide is enticing and beguiling. The many beautiful cave sites of India bear a witness to its diversity.

Ajanta and Ellora

Kailash Temple, Ellora, Photo by Kunal Mukherjee, CC BY-SA 2.0

Around 5th century BCE Buddhism was gaining importance as a faith in the Indian subcontinent. During that period of time, many wandering monks found residence in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. These caves bear a testimony of their teachings through the many exalted and illustrious sculptures and paintings. These caves were used as assembly or prayer halls and called ‘chaitya-griha’. Despite being famous for the Buddhist caves, this site also has Jain caves and Hindu temples like the Kailasanatha temple. The Kailasanath temple is a monolithic rock-cut temple meant to house the great lord Shiva. This marker of religious and aesthetic beauty lies in the district of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. To know more about these caves and it’s nearby attraction read this article for tourist places to visit in Aurangabad.

Elephanta Caves

Photo by Ashwin Kumar, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Elephanta island is a short ferry ride away from the bustling city of Mumbai. In this serene and aloof setting, we find a network of caves dedicated to the Shiva cult. The cave showcases three aspects of Shiva that are the essence of the Hindu mythology: creator, destroyer and preserver. He is shown in his many avatars, like that of the nimble Nataraja or the ferocious Mahadeva. The island has a network of caves with the most important one being the grand cave 1. This is a site that can and should be frequented by the many residents of the city when in need of a break from the hectic city life. To know more tourist places in and around Mumbai, check this article.