Tuscany Travel Guide

This contemporary gallery showcases Tuscan artist Sandro Chia and avant-garde duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Everything about this Tuscan outlet is designed to obscure its true purpose as the best place in the world to find Miuccia Prada's gems off-price. There's the obscure name, plus the impossible-to-find location—Space sits in the middle of a gloomy, gray industrial park close to Florence.

On the grounds of the 800-year-old estate you'll find Etruscan ruins dating to 600 B.C., a 12th-century fortress, a Gothic chapel, and an amazing Lorenzetti fresco in the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo. But the real focus is the food and wine, of course.

Beneath the unassuming storefront are block-long subterranean caves filled with unexpected finds, such as 1970’s California Cabernets. The vaults are as enchanting for a child as for a wine lover.

The Brancacci Chapel in this church houses Masaccio's frescoes, arguably Renaissance painting's most important works. If Expulsion from the Garden of Eden seems familiar, it's because the work influenced Michelangelo's The Temptation of Adam and Eve.

A cool new gallery with works by emerging contemporary artists.

This hillside estate in Suvereto produces an inky Merlot called Redigaffi that has a cult-like following.

Take a walk through Lucca’s Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a sun-bleached ellipse of medieval houses built upon the ruins of a Roman amphitheater.

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The pre-Romanesque Farneta Abbey now doubles as a chic spot for weddings and a museum showcasing the wealth of local Roman-era artifacts from the church's storeroom, as well as villagers' own discoveries, including statues, beads, and coins.

Choose from over 450 wines and from a seemingly endless selection of whiskies to taste at the restored Renaissance building. The wine bar takes its name from an Etruscan column that was discovered during the 2000 renovation.


De Bondt concocts award-winning chocolates with everything from rose oil to fennel plus gives tasting tours.

This pioneering Bolgheri estate makes Tuscany’s most famous wine, the Cabernet-based Sassicaia.