It could be said that no other province has had more impact on Italian—and European— culture than Tuscany. With its wine-soaked villages, art-rich cities, swathes of olive groves and truffle fields, and modern-fashion powerhouses (Gucci and Ferragamo, to name a few), Tuscany epitomizes la vera Italia. But this central region’s most relevant role will always be as birthplace to the Renaissance, whose presence has been perpetuated over the ages by the Botticelli masterpieces on the Uffizi’s gold-gilded walls, and the earthen-toned towers and palaces commanding the region’s storied towns.
An afternoon exploring the vineyards at the Tenuta dell’Ornellaia estate in the coastal region of Maremma, capped off with a tasting of its prized Merlot Masseto.
Sinking your teeth into a quiveringly rare bistecca allafiorentina from famed butcher-cum-tavern Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Chianti (pair it with a glass of local red).