Tuscany

Tuscany in the Mediterranean sea

Tuscany in the Mediterranean sea:

  • Landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy
  • Seven localities designated as World Heritage Sites
  • 2 international airports (Florence and Pisa)

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Why Tuscany

Tuscany is a region where you can definitely experience “La Dolce Vita”. Like its landscape, the style of life is smooth and relaxed, with a strong agricultural heritage.

1. Landscapes

The iconic countryside of Tuscany is a work of art, a place where centuries of human intervention have transformed the rural scene yet respecting the environment, with rolling hills covered by neat vineyards and silvery olive groves, where spaces are defined by elegant cypress trees. Yes, you know that, but it's still beautiful.

2. Get moving

Cycling in Tuscany is not just a sport, it's a cultural thing. Bike is part of everyday life, and the weekend ride is more a way to meet friends than just training. Probably this a reason why the Eroica, the famous epic ride with vintage bikes held in Chianti every year in October, became so popular. The region has plenty of great trails, but for sure walking from village to village through the hills on the peaceful countryside “strade bianche” (dirt roads) is something unique. No, you can't ski in Tuscany :)

3. Tasty stuff

Tuscan food is the quintessential expression of the region. It's a “cucina contadina” (farmers cooking) rich, simple and tasty. Starting with the huge selection of cold cuts, my favorites are the “Finocchiona” (a kind of salami with wild fennel seeds) and the “lardo di colonnata” ( Pig lard cured in marble containers in the village of Colonnata), to the healthy Ribollita (a vegetable soup) and Panzanella (kind of hearty salad with tomatoes, cucumber and left over bread), not to mention its valued olive oil and the famous “Fiorentina”, a thick cut of local veal that has to be cooked very rear.

4. Cheers!

Sangiovese grape is the most cultivated grape of the region. From Chianti to Brunello you'll find this grape on most of Tuscan reds. But there's more than that. You should try the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a great aperitif wine, and the sweet Vin Santo, a wine produced with Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes, perfect to taste the local pecorino cheeses. If you like “big” reds, then go for the Super Tuscans, many of them are created even without Sangiovese ;)

5. Locals

Tuscans have a great sense of humour, dressed with a hint (well, may be a bit more) of satire. If you have the chance ask a native to read and translate for you the “Vernacoliere”, a newspaper that teases everybody, of course tuscans first.

6. Awesomeness

In Tuscany you'll breath the Middle age in every village, especially if you have the chance to be involved in one of its many local festivals,where locals dress ancient costumes and parade across the old town. The Palio di Siena is the most famous one, but you'll find a lot especially in spring and summer in many villages.

7. A glimpse of history

Tuscany always had a clear inclination to beauty and good life, the first Etruscans were very stylish compared to Romans, this love for beauty reaches its top during the Renaissance, the most powerful moment of Tuscan and Italian history.

8. Must do

Have a thermal bath, the only difficult thing is to choose one, from the classy Montecatini Terme, to the cool Rapolano, until the stunning Saturnia, you must include an half day at the thermal bath on your trip to Tuscany.

9. Less traveled path

Ok, everybody has been in Florence, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pisa and so on. So why don't you take the chance to discover some small yet super neat village out of the beaten track? We'd suggest Monteriggioni, Pitigliano and Sovana. Bagno Vignoni...or just have some detour and you'll fall in love.

10. Interesting reads

- Dante Alighieri, l'Inferno
- Leonardo da Vinci, Quotes
- Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio
- Frances Mayes, Under a Tuscan Sun

Sample Tours

These samples are just ideas to inspire you. Tell us your desires, we'll get back to you with a custom proposal.

Tuscany gravel road

Epic Tuscany

| Guided | Cycling | Active | 7 nights | Premiere | Point-to-point |

The Eroica is the iconic ride on vintage bikes across the whole Chianti, 200 km of pure beauty passing through many of the most beautiful tuscan cities: Siena, Montalcino, Buonconvento, plus many medieval villages surrounded by pristine San Giovese vineyards.

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Chianti Countryside

Etruscan Explorer

| Guided | Multiactivity | Family | 7 nights | Premiere | Center-Base |

Our tour is based in the Valdarno at the charming tenuta Il Gavillaccio, a perfect base to explore as well the world famous area of Chianti and the fascinating Arezzo with its rich history. We’ll meet winemakers, farmers, shepherds and real locals that will let us know their quintessential Tuscan lifestyle.

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Montalcino Danza Popolare

Etruscan Explorer

| Guided | Cycling | Active | 7 nights | Premiere | Point-to-point |

A journey between Umbria, Tuscany, and Lazio, to discover the ancient Etruria, land of the refined civilization of Etruscans.

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