Tuscany! The stomping ground for those holidaymakers who reckon the height of sophistication is a selfie with the Tower of Pisa looming in the backdrop. But fret not, dear traveller, for I am here to elevate your holiday from a run-of-the-mill Instagram parade to a bona fide escapade.
Steering clear of the all-too-predictable jaunts to Florence and Siena – where the selfie sticks outnumber the locals – I present to you an array of activities in Tuscany that would astonish even the most world-weary wanderer. Picture culinary road trips, cooking classes (where you can actually learn to cook rather than just posing with a spatula), horse rides across the stunning Tuscan landscape (a splendid chance to burn off those extra gelato calories), and naturally, wine tastings that elucidate the perennial cheerfulness of Italians. These, my dear friends, are my top picks for a truly splendid Tuscany holiday.
- Tuscany: Cooking Class and Farm/Cheese Tour at Podere Il Casale: Podere Il Casale, an organic farm in Tuscany, is a beacon of sustainable farming and delectable local produce. Here, a cooking class offers you the golden opportunity to master the art of traditional Tuscan cuisine, using ingredients so fresh they still think they're in the ground. And let's not overlook the cheese tour – Tuscany’s claim to fame, particularly the pecorino, is not to be missed. The intimate setting, limited to just two couples, makes this experience as personal as a handwritten postcard.
- Fiat 500 Tour with 500 Touring Club: Imagine yourself zipping through the Tuscan hills in a vintage Fiat 500 – Italian style at its finest! These charming little cars, symbols of Italian flair, add a delightful twist to the tour. The grand finale? A wine tasting and lunch at a 15th-century villa – because what's a jaunt in Italy without a nod to the local tipple? Just remember, you'll need to be chummy with a manual transmission – it's all part of the authentic experience. It's clear as Chianti why this will be a standout in your Italian escapade!