Tuscany Travel Guide
As a region, Tuscany has inspired thousands of years of artwork and innovation, and the landmarks that remain make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World. No matter your interests, the possibilities for things to do in Tuscany are endless.
Credited as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany gets much of its color from the iconic masterpieces that call it home. A list of things to do in Tuscany wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Florence and its many galleries and museums, including the Uffizi, Pitti Palace and more. In the course of an afternoon, art lovers can take in works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Da Vinci and more.
Much of Tuscany’s cultural identity is tied to Christianity, and its hillsides are dotted with quaint stone villages, each with their own cathedrals. Hike or bike between these hamlets to take in fresh air and rural landscapes, or take your outdoor adventuring to Tuscany’s picturesque coastline.
Picks for what to do in Tuscany also revolve around the area’s rich culinary tradition. Dig into hearty fare at one of its top-notch restaurants, or tour one of its many resident vineyards and sample its famous wines straight from the barrel.
If your list of what to do in Tuscany includes ample time for relaxation, make sure to book a day at one of the region’s full-service spas, or take a soak in an ancient Roman thermal bath.
The shop makes Tuscany's most exclusive, sought-after cheeses.
Carlo Fagiani's leather workshop, specialising in shoes, handbags, belts, wallets and jackets, is one of the best in Tuscany. He makes shoes to measure and if you don't have time to collect them he will send them to your home by courier.
The tiny store, overflowing with silk- and cashmere-lined kidskin gloves in jewel colors, keeps the dying art of glove-making alive. Look for driving gloves with contrasting stitching and tiny buttons.
Imagine Palm Beach's Worth Avenue transplanted to a Tuscan hillside with prices slashed up to 70 percent.
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.
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.