Tuscany

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.

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

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.

 

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

Brother and sister Alessio and Cecilia Tessieri launched the chocolate company Amedei in La Rotta 18 years ago. Alessio sources the cocoa beans, while Cecilia oversees the toasting and delicate conching of the decadent stuff.

Spend five nights at a 900-year-old agriturismo in Chianti where, in July 2009, locavore author Michael Pollan kicked off a series of cooking classes and lectures. In fall 2009, chef Jamie Kennedy teaches you to prepare Tuscan specialties.

Housed in a former 15th-century convent, this museum contains the largest collection of frescoes by Fra Angelico, a Dominican monk whose religious works so impressed the pope, he beatified the friar. Look for his inspiring depiction of the Crucifixion on a wall in the Chapter House.

Carved horse heads and Roman gods crowd the studio’s shelves. But collector-worthy contemporary pieces, such as transparent spiral candleholders and striped vases, also abound.

Tuscany Now has been offering Italian rentals to its clients worldwide. We have more than 200 exclusive Italian properties that vary from the small cottage accommodating two persons to an entire hamlet accommodating 40 persons.

The town’s mayor, Fabio Tinti, loves the area’s Casentino wool overcoats, sold here.

Relax in one of Tuscany's thermal baths at this Bagno Vignori spa complete with an updated image, sleek rooms, and amenities.