Few scenes are more evocative of Italy than that of rural Tuscany, undulating hills, dotted with stoic stone farm houses, dark green cypress trees and ranked vines, all under a shawl of a dawn’s mist.
Recognisable over shoulder of countless Renaissance Madonnas, Tuscany has long drawn enamoured visitors, each after culture, wine, fine food and tangible history. All are elements that abound across Italy, but here are uniquely distilled between the Apennine Mountains and the sea.
The whole region was built on Etruscan and Roman roots, and whilst in Florence the Renaissance reigns, out in the countryside the old towns perched on hill tops retain the honest rustico charm of the Medieval. Masterpieces from both ages can be found in unmatched concentrations in Tuscany, tucked away in churches, museums and galleries all over the region.
Pisa has more to offer than its skewed tower; the Duomo, Baptistery and Camposanto complete a stunning quartet of medieval triumphs. Siena’s scallop-shaped piazza, flanked by soft orange townhouses and Torre del Mangia, is one of the most idyllic public spaces (except perhaps during the infamous biannual Palio di Siena horse race). Towns seeming untouched by time, such as Montalcino, Pienza and San Gimignano, sit scattered across the region amidst golden wheat fields, silver olive groves and ancient vineyards, each with their own charms.
The food and wine here enjoys a similarly unpretentious integrity. Tuscans are enormously proud of their culinary traditions and their locally sourced, seasonal produce. Encompassing the Chianti region, Tuscany can also claim to produce some of the finest wines in Italy.
Whatever your interests, be it art, wine, food, hiking or history, romance or adventure, talk to one of our expert Travel Designers and begin crafting your perfect Tuscan getaway.
When to go
The best time to visit Tuscany is in the shoulder months, from April to June and September to October when weather is usually beautiful, yet not too hot. The summer months (June-August) are always buzzing with tourists and it can get rather warm. If you visit in autumn, you can enjoy hunting for truffles in the forest.
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