Travel to Tuscany

Monteriggione in Tuscany

Tuscany is a region in Italy known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and cultural treasures. Here are some things to do in Tuscany:

  1. Explore Florence: Visit Florence, the capital of Tuscany, and immerse yourself in Renaissance art and architecture. Don't miss the Uffizi Gallery, Florence Cathedral, and the iconic Florence Duomo.
  2. Siena: Explore the medieval city of Siena, famous for its historic center, stunning cathedral (Siena Cathedral), and the biannual Palio horse race held in Piazza del Campo.
  3. Wine Tours: Tuscany is renowned for its wine, particularly Chianti. Take a wine tour and visit local vineyards and wineries for tastings.
  4. Countryside Drives: Drive or bike through the scenic Tuscan countryside, where you'll find rolling hills, vineyards, and picturesque villages.
  5. Visit Pisa: See the Leaning Tower of Pisa, part of the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), and explore the charming town of Pisa.
  6. Culinary Adventures: Tuscany is a food lover's paradise. Taste traditional Tuscan dishes like ribollita, pappa al pomodoro, and enjoy the world-famous Florentine steak.
  7. Lucca: Discover the walled city of Lucca, known for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, charming streets, and beautiful gardens.
  8. Tuscan Coast: Relax on the Tuscan coast, with beautiful beaches and seaside towns like Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi.
  9. Medieval Towns: Explore smaller medieval towns like San Gimignano with its iconic towers, and Volterra, known for its Etruscan heritage.
  10. Hiking and Nature: Tuscany offers excellent hiking opportunities, including trails in the Apuan Alps and the Casentino Forests, Monte Falterona, and Campigna National Park.
  11. Hot Springs: Visit the thermal hot springs in places like Bagno Vignoni or Saturnia for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  12. Artisan Workshops: Discover traditional craftsmanship by visiting artisan workshops that produce ceramics, leather goods, and other handmade items.
  13. Museums and Galleries: Explore the many museums and galleries, including the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Vinci, dedicated to the famous artist and inventor.
  14. Festivals and Events: Check the local calendar for festivals and events happening during your visit, such as the Siena Palio or local food and wine festivals.
  15. Olive Oil Tasting: Taste the region's high-quality olive oils at olive oil mills, learning about the production process.

Tuscany offers a wide range of experiences, from cultural and historical sites to natural beauty and culinary delights, making it a must-visit destination for travelers.

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    Where to have brunch in Florence -  Italy

    In Florence, brunch actually doesn't exist, and I know few Italians who succumb to this American habit. Brunching is simply a very un-Italian concept of eating extensively somewhere between breakfast and lunch. Brunch is that moment when you decide that time is an illusion and meals need not be defined by the clock, and that almost sounds like a holiday!

  • Cool hotels near Pisa International Airport

    Pisa

    Pisa's Galileo Galilei airport is almost in the city centre, and if you haven't already been there, you will undoubtedly arrive or depart from it next time when you visit Tuscany. If you don't want to pick up a rental car yet, you can take the little train into the city or you can drive directly to Florence (70 km) or Lucca (25 km).

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    Art in Pietrasanta

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  • The story of Banfi, Brunello en Riunite on Ice

    Castello Banfi in Tuscany

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  • Tuscany - Unique and authentic experiences away from the crowds

    Tuscany - Unique and authentic experiences away from the crowds

    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.

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    Cipriani-Venice

    Italy, the land of pasta, fashion, stunning coastlines, and of course... celebrities! It's long been a hotspot for the rich and famous, but let's be honest, not every celeb is blessed with good taste. Let's take a glimpse into the glittering lives of these A-listers on Italian soil.

  • The best of Italian wine - crafted by women

    Ladies_of_Cottanera_Vineyards

    When I first stepped inside the stunning Petra winery located in Tuscany’s Maremma area, I knew something was different. It wasn’t the eye-popping Mario Botta design of the entire complex or just the way the wine was stored in what was nothing less than a cathedral for grapes, or how it poured down slabs of stone to great visual effect. It was the women who were there to welcome our group – yes, you read that right, women.

  • Wild swimming in Italy, the top 10 spots

    Wild swimming in natural pools in Italy

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  • Castelfalfi in Tuscany: timetravel through history

    Castelfalfi Resort Tuscany

    Step back in time, some 2500 years, and enter the fascinating world of Castelfalfi in Tuscany, a place rooted in Etruscan civilization. Discover Etruscan burial grounds and the natural beauty of the land, evidence of their presence. Today, it's a luxurious resort with hotels, villas, apartments, a golf course and an adventure park.

  • 15 New hotspots in Italy: discover the best new hotels in Rome, Milan, Florence and more

    Hotel Bristol Rapallo Portofino

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    Pienza (Tuscany) - My 10 top romantic destinations in Italy

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  • Italy's favourite summer festivals

    Italy's favourite summer festivals

    Italy is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant arts scene, and there is no better time to experience it than during the summer months. From June to September, Italy is home to a wide range of summer festivals that showcase everything from music and dance to food and wine. Whether you're a lover of classical music, jazz, or rock and roll, there's a festival in Italy for you.

  • The Zuccotto Fiorentino

    The Zuccotto Fiorentino

    Signor Buontalenti was, in my humble opinion, one of the most inventive cooks of all time. He worked for the aristocratic family de Medici, which surrounded themselves with talent, just like Michelangelo who worked under the Medici's tutelage as well. This recipe is one of those classic and ancient Buontalenti recipes, the zuccotto, a sponge cake dough drowned in liqueur with a center of semifreddo.

     
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    Tiberio Palace on Capri

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  • February means Carnival in Venice & Viareggio!

    Carnival of Viareggio

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  • Florence, how to best get around the city of art

    Florence

    The historic center of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and at the same time a kind of open-air museum. Strict measures have been taken to protect the many monuments and works of art. But the center is small enough to be perfect to walk around while you visit. (Due to Covid measures, the information below may change.)

  • A taste of Tuscany, slow travel itinerary from Siena to the coast.

    Val d´Orcia

    This top gourmet itinerary that includes medieval abbeys, castles and takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscany. It can be done by car or on a Vespa scooter, from Siena it crosses the Val d'Orcia and then towards the coast in the province of Grosetto.

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    Aldo´s Bar at Hotel La Siranuse

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    Everyone knows this beach on Sardinia

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    Thermal springs in Italy

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