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What to do in Tuscany Now

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Its appeal is unquestionable, but with 10 provinces, navigating this vast region isn’t easy. From exceptional restaurants and stylish hotels to artisanal treasures and renowned wineries, our complete guide brings you the best of Tuscany now.

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Inspired by: Tuscany Insider’s Guide — by Bruce Schoenfeld, Published Apr. 2008

Hotels (10)

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    Albergo Pietrasanta

    An intimate 19-room hotel with a private art collection.

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    Villa Le Luci

    This turreted villa has Art Nouveau touches and views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Situated in the town of Castagneto Carducci, in Alta Maremma it holds

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    Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

    Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008. Located in the fifteenth-century Palazzo dell

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    Terme di Saturnia

    The biggest draw is, naturally, the thermal pool—the temperature reaches a sweltering 100 degrees (don’t be put off by the egg-scented air, which c

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    Il Borgo

    In Montalcino, relax by the pool at Castello Banfi’s 14-room hotel in a 19th-century building restored to gorgeous effect by American Cristina Mari

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    La Bandita Hotel

    You can admire a view of Monte Amiata from the minimalist terrace at this B&B, opened last May by John Voigtmann, an erstwhile Manhattan music exec

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    Adler Thermae Spa Resort

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

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    Villa Bordoni

    In 2002, transplanted Scottish restaurateurs David and Catherine Gardner discovered a ruin in Chianti and turned it into the wisteria-covered Villa

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    Il Falconiere

    Wine tastings, a 2,500-square-foot spa, and tours of nearby towns are just a few of the reasons to visit this restored-villa estate, located on a 2

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    Hotel Villa La Principessa

    This property was once owned by Castruccio Castracani (the Luccan general said to have been the model for Machiavelli's ideal prince). After walkin

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Restaurants (8)

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    La Vena di Vino

    For a lunch of expertly selected cheeses and cured meats, stop at La Vena di Vino, a no-frills wine bar with barrel-vaulted cellars. The pecorino c

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    Osteria Le Logge

    A classic trattoria in a 19th-century former grocer’s shop, the convivial Osteria Le Logge is owned by local celebrity Gianni Brunelli, thrice marr

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    L'Enoteca Marcucci

    White candles illuminate the communal wooden tables at the family-run L’Enoteca Marcucci, a lively wine bar and restaurant. Michele Marcucci plies

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    La Pineta

    The beach restaurant La Pineta may cater to Tuscan cognoscenti, but down-to-earth owner Luciano Zazzeri (a former fisherman) still gets his catch f

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    Ristorante La Mora

    A five-minute drive north of Lucca is the glass- walled dining room at the Michelin-starred Ristorante La Mora. With just 10 tables, the low-key re

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    Cantinetta Antinori

    Located in the famed wine-producing family’s historic palazzo off the north end of Via Tornabuoni, this wine bar offers upscale dinners in intimate

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    Le Chiavi d’Oro

    With its rough-hewn ceiling, vintage cupboard wall hangings, and 1950's furnishing, Le Chiavi d'Oro wins the prize for the region's most outlandish

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    Arnolfo

    The refined, double-Michelin-starred restaurant combines impeccable service with Chef Gaetano Trovato’s creative dishes (suckling pig with cabbage

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Activities (12)

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    Antica Drogheria Manganelli

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

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    Galleria Tega

    This contemporary gallery showcases Tuscan artist Sandro Chia and avant-garde duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

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    Galleria La Subbia

    This contemporary gallery showcases Tuscan artist Sandro Chia and avant-garde duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

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    Tenuta San Guido

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

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    Valdicava

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

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    Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia

    The Cabernet-dominated Ornellaia has the big name, but the lush, all-Merlot Masseto is the collector’s prize.

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    Tua Rita

    This hillside estate in Suvereto produces an inky Merlot called Redigaffi that has a cult-like following.

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    Alab’Arte

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

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    Busatti

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

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    The Mall

    Imagine Palm Beach's Worth Avenue transplanted to a Tuscan hillside with prices slashed up to 70 percent. None of the stores here is a makeweight—t

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    Vilca

    Colle di Val d'Elsa's fairy tale-like Vilca studio produces some of the area's most imaginative crystal ware. Call ahead to watch craftsmen transfo

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    Teatro del Sale

    Snowy-bearded chef Fabio Picchi announces dishes through his open kitchen window at Teatro del Sale, a restaurant and theater club. At Picchi’s com

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    The Four Seasons is one of a handful of hotels in a part of Florence the Florentines still consider relatively unspoiled, on the right bank of the Arno. The city has warm, pleasant weather in the s

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  • Following Piero in Arezzo

    Arezzo, Cortona, Tavernelle di Anghiari, Sansepolcro

    Tuscany's tranquil Arezzo province is a treasure trove of works by Early Renaissance master Piero della Francesca.

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    Florence, Italy has produced some of the world's greatest painters—from Masaccio to Michelangelo. Visit one of its best-known drawing schools and discover that it's never too late to become a Renai

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    Florence, Duomo area, Santa Maria Novella

    While Renaissance art, history, and a stunning riverside location remain the city's main draws, a slew of hot hotel and bar openings has added a 21st-century buzz.

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