When you hear the word Tuscany, scenic pictures spring to mind…
· rolling vineyards in the countryside of Chianti
· the red sun setting behind Florence’s Ponte Vecchio
· a hot air balloon floating over hilltop towns and golden fields
Tuscany is not exactly a travel secret. Florence alone receives over 20 million tourists each year – in a city of less than 400,000 residents! Million others flock to popular sites – Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa.
Even though Tuscany pretty much sells itself, its popularity has become a blessing and a curse. Hotels book up months in advance. Popular tours sell out fast. And, with so many Americans at Tuscan's big sights, your travelers risk feeling more like guests at Epcot Center than visitors in the authentic Italy.