Things to Do in Tuscany

David Cicconi

From Montepulciano, the most impressive Tuscan hill town, head to Pienza (the most romantic hill town). Continue on to San Quirico though the bucolic... Read More

Guarded by vast sandstone cliffs and groves of dark cypresses, this monumental monastic complex, built all of brick, is one of the world’s most serene... Read More

In absolute contrast to the elaborate three cathedrals above, this serene Romanesque church of travertine and alabaster—set below hills of olive trees... Read More

Built of dramatically white travertine and alabaster and standing below green hills, this elegant Romanesque church gained fame when, in 781,... Read More

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

The most visually impressive and romantic area of Tuscany is the Val D’Orcia: the valley of the Orcia River. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage... Read More

Brother and sister Alessio and Cecilia Tessieri launched the chocolate company Amedei in La Rotta 18 years ago. Alessio sources the cocoa beans, while... Read More

Silk items may not be the most well-known Tuscan product, but Lucca’s and Florence’s wealth (which enabled the artistic explosion of the Renaissance)... Read More

The most memorable of Tuscan beaches—dramatic coves, pebble shores with crystalline waters, and remarkable windswept vegetation. They are often isolated... Read More

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

Sniff out a whole world—licorice, citrus, tobacco—in slow twirlings of fabled Avignonesi vin santo on the winery’s property... Read More

B&M is Florence’s answer to a full-service English language indie bookstore. The shelves here are piled with gorgeous books on art and design,... Read More

This jewel of a hamlet built around a Roman vasca, or community baths. There are two main places here for partaking in the thermal waters—the Hotel... Read More

Just off the Piazza del Duomo in the medieval town of San Gimignano, near the cathedral’s bell tower, is the stone storefront of Balducci Ceramics. Part... Read More

The cooking school at the elegant Belmond Villa San Michele Hotel offers two kinds of culinary instruction: group cooking classes using local and... Read More

This beautiful, coastal region south of Pisa is best known for the stellar success (and astronomical prices) of its Ornellaia and Sassicaia... Read More

This is as different from the rest of Tuscany as can be. Start from the many-towered town of San Gimignano (it had fifty-two towers in its twelfth... Read More

Beneath the vaulted showrooms of Busatti sit the original looms that the Busatti-Sassolinis have used to make linens since 1842. Traditional striped... Read More

Stop in at Caffé della Posta, on the main square, to try one of Bolgheri’s reds: first produced in the 1980’s, these wines now rival... Read More

Parco Uccellina, is a vast protected nature preserve on the most dramatic and pristine twenty-mile stretch of Tuscan coast. South of the Ombrone River’s... Read More

This is the best art festival in Tuscany. For the past thirty-eight years, the summer evenings and nights of Montepulciano have come alive with song,... Read More

The jewelry shop is divine with a 17th-century safe, bright frescoes, and its outstanding collection of silver, watches, and unusual objects such as... Read More

Carlo Fagiani's leather workshop, specialising in shoes, handbags, belts, wallets and jackets, is one of the best in Tuscany. He makes shoes to... Read More

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