Tuscany Travel Guide
Best flavors: ginger, pumpkin, and saffron.
Archaeology buffs should head to the site where the remains of several ancient Roman ships are being unearthed, proving that this inland city was once a major port. Closed Mondays. Reservations should be made at least five days in advance.
The Cabernet-dominated Ornellaia has the big name, but the lush, all-Merlot Masseto is the collector’s prize.
A hydrangea-scented refuge abutting the walls, and the most geometrically lovely spot in Lucca, a copse of bamboo reaching up to the San Frediano bell tower.
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.
A cool new gallery with works by emerging contemporary artists.