Tuscany

Tuscany Travel Guide

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.

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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.

Angiolini's three modernized palazzi carry the latest looks from Gucci, Prada, and Marni, along with niche labels, such as Dosa and Haute by Vincenzo De Cotiis.

These new-style Brunellos balance their heft with caressing fruit.

The jewelry shop is divine with a 17th-century safe, bright frescoes, and its outstanding collection of silver, watches, and unusual objects such as Neapolitan corni (horns), amulets carved out of red coral that are imputed to ward off the evil eye.