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  • Tuscany Wildlife - The Hare

    There is more to see in Tuscany than the beautiful towns and historic buildings. The countryside is spectacularly beautiful and contains a wealth of wildlife, some of which tourists may only have seen before in zoos or television programmes.

    One animal you may well spot when visiting Tuscany is the hare. These are much larger than rabbits, their more numerous cousins, and one easy way to tell them apart is their bigger, black-tipped ears. The hare's fur is generally a shade between sand and brown, with white belly-fur, though this can vary; hares to the far north of the country, for instance, turn white in winter in order to blend in with the snow.

    This ability to camouflage itself is important as the hare spends a large part of each day lying still amongst the ground cover, hidden from predators. Its preferred territory is cultivated countryside or level ground within forests, where its incredible turn of speed are put to good use when fleeing danger. Hares have longer legs than rabbits and more powerful forelegs. This enables them to make sudden changes of direction when running to throw off pursuit. This is known as telemarking and is a trait that also helps identify hares from rabbits.

    Also unlike rabbits, hares do not live beneath ground but in scrapes, small areas of hollowed out ground where they can lie still and camouflaged. Spotting scrapes around a countryside villa in Tuscany is a good sign hares are close by, and the best time to look for them is during the evening and as night falls.

    Hares are most active during the hours of darkness, when they feed on plant material and mate. Baby hares are called leverets and can be born throughout the year. When they are born, they are already quite self-sufficient, having eyes and ears already open, unlike many mammals. They are fully grown and independent by the time they reach one year old.

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Full Day Tuscan Countryside Bike Tour

This Tuscany bike tour includes a guided bike ride in the Tuscan countryside followed by a delicious traditional Tuscan lunch, wine and winery tour.

from 90 US Dollar

Self-Drive Vintage Vespa Tour at Sunset Wine Tasting

Have your happily ever after moment and ride into the Sunset on our Sunset Vespa Tour!

After you have become familiarized with your Vespa and understand its personality, our guide will lead the convoy on the adventure of a lifetime.

Feel the warm sun on your face as you take in the breathtaking view of the tuscan hills as we scoot into the past. We are enveloped in the cypress lined roads, endless vineyards and captivating olive groves.

After some memory capturing stops, we enter the grounds of a stunning 15th Century Villa where our guide will jump start the wine tasting experience with a Spritz cocktail.

We will finish it off with some Tuscan cheeses and cured meats.

from 110 US Dollar

Private Tuscany Cycling Tour from Florence

Enjoy a custom cycling tour with a private guide in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, leaving from Central Florence. We will meet at a location of your choice and you will be asked about what you would like to see, perhaps the Chianti wine region or the more wild area of the Mugello, inquired about fitness levels, your cycling background, and time you would like to return and design a tour just for you. We will stop on the way for espresso, pastries, panini (sandwiches), wine, or pretty much anything you wish.

from 65,7 US Dollar

Active Full Day Tuscan Bike Tour

For all bike enthusiasts, this tour will allow you to ride part of the 2013 World Cycling Championship route.
Departure right from the center of Florence: just you, your bike and your bilingual tour leader, who will be there to show you the way, point out the sights, and fix any possible flats or malfunctions.
A scenic ride up to the picturesque town of Fiesole, in the northeast of Florence, then further into the hills where you will have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in the area!

from 102,84 US Dollar
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