Guide to Tuscany and Florence

Guide to Tuscany and Florence (128)

Wine Town 2013 Florence


Our recommendations if you are planning a vacation or visit to Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and the rest of Tuscany

  • Winter Spa Breaks near Siena

    Terre di Nano is a Tuscan country house and wine estate dating from the 1800's and situated in the hamlet of Monticchiello located between Pienza and Montepulciano in the province of Siena.

    The country house is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees and produces fine wine and olive oil as well as ...

  • Winter Breaks in Montalcino, Pienza and Siena

    Terre di Nano is a Tuscan country house and wine estate dating from the 1800's and situated in the hamlet of Monticchiello located between Pienza and Montepulciano in the province of Siena.

    The country house is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees and produces fine wine and olive oil as well as ...

  • Winter Food Breaks in Tuscany near Siena

    Terre di Nano is a Tuscan country house and wine estate dating from the 1800's and situated in the hamlet of Monticchiello located between Pienza and Montepulciano in the province of Siena.

    The country house is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees and produces fine wine and olive oil as well as ...

  • Terre di Nano, Pienza, Siena

    Terre di Nano is a Tuscan country house and wine estate dating from the 1800's and situated in the hamlet of Monticchiello located between Pienza and Montepulciano in the province of Siena.

    The country house is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees and produces fine wine and olive oil as well as ...

  • Il Colognolo Restaurant, Rufina

    Il Colognolo Restaurant is the in-house restaurant of Agriturismo Colognole, itself part of a wonderful working wine estate in the zone of Chianti Rufina just 30km from central Florence.

    It opened in 2007 and is situated in an converted farm residence within the small medieval hamlet on the estate.

  • Wine Tasting near Florence in Chianti Rufina

    If you are looking for a genuine Chianti wine experience close to Florence, then get in touch with Azienda Agricola Colognole based near Rufina.

    Offering both accommodation and boasting a restaurant, this working wine estate has been in the family of the Conti Spalletti for over a century.

    Their g...

  • Agriturismo Colognole, Chianti Rufina Wine Estate

    Agriturismo Colognole is located close to the town of Rufina and is a working wine estate which has been owned by the Conti Spalletti family for over a century.

    Just 30km from Florence and in the heart of the Chianti Rufina DOCG territory, it offers wonderfully authentic accommodation for anyone wa...

  • Relais La Corte di Cloris, Florence

    Relais La Corte di Cloris opened in June 2012 and is located just a short walk from the very heart of the historical center of Florence, precisely in the elegant ‘viali’ area.

    The Piazza del Duomo is just 1km away.

    The accommodation offers both elegant rooms and apartments for short or longer ...

  • Dante Alighieri Siena, Italian Language School

    Dante Alighieri Society is recognized as one of the leading language school and promoters of Italian language school and Italian culture school worldwide

    The Dante Alighieri Italian language school in Siena has been offering for more than 20 years a wide range of courses and programs to student...

  • Art and Cooking, Siena

    The cooking classes of Dante Alighieri Siena can be taken on their own or as part of a study programme which combines language and/or cultural lessons.

    Evening cooking sessions are also available which are group demonstrations taking place twice a week from 17.30 to about 21.30. They can also ...

  • Wine Tours from Siena

    Art and Cooking of Dante Alighiero Siena is proposing these wine tours by bus to such wonderful locations as Pienza, San Gimignano, Chianti and Montalcino to enjoy, well, some of the best wines in Italy, not least Brunello.

    The tours depart all year round and you will be accompanied by an English s...

  • Ristorante SE•STO on Arno, Florence

    The Ristorante SE•STO on Arno is the new restaurant of The Westin Excelsior Florence.

    It is situated in a stunning panoramic position on the rooftop of the hotel and offers a unique view of the city.

    The bar and restaurant are housed in a structure made almost entirely of glass with an interior wh...

  • Florence Cooking School, La Pentola delle Meraviglie

    La Pentola delle Meraviglie Cooking School in Florence is for anyone interested in deepening an appreciation of Italian food in a professional environment.

    A whole series of courses are proposed from single 3 hour lessons for visitors just passing through to 3 professional training programs which f...

  • Winter Garden by Caino Restaurant, Florence

    Restaurant Winter Garden By Caino is the new dining location of luxury The St Regis Hotel in central Florence situated by the River Arno.

    Just as the hotel has been recently reopened after a complete rennovation, so the restaurant itself has been launched to match the impeccable standards.

    It is a...

  • The St. Regis Florence Hotel

    The luxury 5 star St Hotel Regis Florence overlooks both a Renaissance square and the River Arno.

    Dating from the 18th century this luxury property has been the preferred choice for discerning travelers on their Grand Tour.

    Still adorned with rich colors, custom frescos and crystal chandeliers, th...

  • Grape and Herbal Infusions Courses Tuscany

    Fattoria di Palazzo Vecchio is a genuine Tuscan hamlet surrounded by vineyards producing Nobile di Montepuciano wines.

    As well as the cultivation of autochtonous and rare vines, the estate also features rose bushes, a vegetable garden, orchard as well as olive, jujube and pomegranate trees.

    The la...

  • Tuscany Cooking Lessons in Montepulciano

    'Ancient flavours' is the name of the hands on cooking school which is run in the beautiful Montepulciano wine estate of Palazzo Vecchio dating from the 14th century.

    Lessons take place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for groups of 4 to 20 particpants. Booking is required and they can be spread...

  • Fattoria di Palazzo Vecchio, Montepulciano

    If you are looking for the authentic Montepulicano wine experience in Tuscany then look no further than the estate of Palazzo Vecchio near Valaiano.

    It is situated in 80 hectares of the most typical Tuscan landscapes you can imagine and dates from the 14th century.

    In 1470, it formed the bulk ...

  • Italy Segway Tours, Florence

    If you have ever been tempted to see Rome or Florence by segway, then Italy Segway Tours were the first company in Italy to operate such tours in Italy which now extend to Pisa and Milan.

    The Florence tour is a historical ride through the Renaissance capital in the company of an expert tour guide o...

  • Tuscany Cooking Courses in Cortona

    Guests of Relais Il Falconiere in Cortona can also enjoy cooking Under the Tuscan Sun, an unforgettable experience between art, food, wine and fun!.

    The cooking classes are conducted under the supervision of owner and host Silvia Baracchi.

    They take place in a kitchen especially dedicated to lesso...

  • Relais Il Falconiere, Cortona

    Relais Il Falconiere is four star luxury accommodation in a 17th century Tuscan villa in the countryside near Cortona.

    But it is also so much more than this: a fine Michelin starred restaurant where guests can enjoy cooking lessons with the chef, a wine hotel courtesy of the Baracchi Winery, a Well...

  • Fattoria di Palazzo Vecchio Restaurant, Montepulciano

    Reserve a wonderful dinner or lunch at the Locanda of the 14th century Fattoria di Palazzo Vecchio, a wine estate near Montepulciano in Tuscany.

    As well as wine tastings and cooking lessons, the estate boasts a renovated 'stalla' or ancient cattle stable which can now host groups.

    It is not a norm...

  • Walks of Italy, Florence & Pisa Tours

    Find out more about these experiences by Walks of Italy in Florence and Pisa, or book them online, by following the links below.

    Here we indicate when the tours run, and if they can be enjoyed as part of a group or privately.

    The basic price indicated includes tickets and reservation fees.



  • Infinity Weddings and Events, Weddings in Italy

    Infinity Wedding and Events® - Weddings in Italy are specialized Italy wedding planners who can arrange your wedding reception, family occasion and special day.

    Barbara and Sara can arrange every aspect of your Italian wedding and marriage ceremony not just in fabulous Tuscany locations such as Flo...

  • Florence Food Tour

    The Florence Food Tour is the perfect way to orientate yourself in the Tuscan capital while enjoying some of the best gastronomic delicacies the city has to offer.

    The tour begins right in the historical center not far from Piazza della Signoria where you will meet up with your local guide who will...

  • Walks of Italy, Tuscany & Siena Tours

    Find out more about these cultural vacation experiences by Walks of Italy which are located in Siena and province and such classic Tuscany destinations as Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano.

    Book them online by following the links below.

    Here we indicate when the tours run and if they can be en...

  • Borgo Giusto Lifestyle Hotel near Lucca

    The accommodation of Borgo Giusto near Lucca is known as an 'albergo diffuso' or Lifestyle Hotel.

    In short, this residential complex offfering both villa and hotel accommodation in the old medieval village of Soccolognora now converted exclusively for tourism.

    Today, guests can  choose from a ...

  • The Westin Excelsior Hotel, Florence

    The Westin Excelsior, Florence Hotel offers luxury 5 star accommodation near the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio bridge in central Florence.

    The hotel is actually located on Piazza Ognissanti and opposite sister hotel, the recently refursbished St. Regis Florence Hotel. Both are, therefore, just ...


Everybody wants to discover a little corner of Tuscany and make it their own, Delicious Italy included.

Although Pisa and Siena are the outstanding tourist destinations and do not disappoint, do go to Florence off season, perhaps even in the middle of winter to indulge in the wine and meat dishes that little bit more.

In fact, Tuscany should be visited all year round and it is the identity of the many small local realities which give the region its continuing fascination with many territories still rarely visited.

Consult our latest Tuscany travel articles below, or access all of them from the links right divided by recipes, food, wine, itineraries, tours and trip suggestions. Our Tuscany blog of choice is Over a Tuscan Stove by Judy Witts Francini.

  • Best Tuscan Wines at WineTown 2013

    Published in Tuscany Food
    This is the second of 2 articles dedicated to a Delicious Italy visit to WineTown 2013. Read first WineTown 2013 article But back to Tuscany and Chiostro del Museo del Bargello (below) also along Via del Proconsolo. This palace has seen some history to say the least. It was the house of the High Magistrate of Florence from 1260 to 1504, before becoming a prison. From 1865, it has been home to priceless sculptures such as the David di Donatello, Michelangelo's Bacchus and the Narcissus of Cellini. In such quoted company, the wine producers taking up residence here for WineTown…
    Last modified on 31 May 2013

History of Florence Ice Cream

Published in Tuscany Food
Ice cream, or rather gelato, is part of the cultural heritage of Italy. The city of Florence celebrates it with a dedicated annual festival (see gallery below) which sees several piazze of the historical centre set up with kiosks where you can taste fabulous ice creams from local gelati makers and others from around Italy and beyond. The itinerary starts in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. You can't miss it for the huge mobile gelato making bus called 'Il Buontalenti'. It's impossible to resist, but do note how each artisan gelato maker only presents one flavor for the event. This obliges…
Last modified on 31 May 2013

Renaissance Football in Florence

Published in Tuscany Itineraries
Florence's football or soccer team may play in pink, yet there is another, older game played every year in Florence. The feast of St. John (Giovanni) the Baptist, patron of Florence, is celebrated by the Florentines in a very particular way with a no-holds-barred Renaissance version of soccer. In medieval times, Florence divided the city into four geo-political subdivisions (or quartieri) from which it mustered its militia from the most easily riled populous. On February 17th, 1530, in Santa Croce Square (image below), they devised a tournament (descended from a ball game called Arapasto which was played by Roman legionaries…
Last modified on 31 May 2013

Tuscany Alchermes liqueur

Published in Tuscany Food
Hello, in your article you mention alchermes liqueur. I have tried many times to find that here in the US or some way to order it, but with no luck. Yours is the first article I've seen with a mention of it. I use it in zuppa inglese. I brought some back from Italy years ago, but of course it's all gone. Thanks for your help! M. DePalma. The production of alchermes liqueur in Italy can easily be traced to Florence. It is credited to the Frati di Santa Maria Novella in the 1400's, although note the spelling on the…
Last modified on 20 May 2013

Grape Risotto with Chianti Rufina wine

Published in Tuscany Recipes
This part of Tuscany is north east of Florence and sits snugly in the Apennines before Emilia Romagna and the Po Valley. We have a book of local recipes but this risotto recipe with grapes and red wine caught the eye.   ingredients 1 onion, butter, 320g rice, 1/2 glass Chianti Rufina wine, 100g parmesan cheese, ripe Sangiovese or Canaiolo grapes, vine leaves,
Last modified on 08 May 2013

WineTown in Florence

Published in Tuscany Food
WineTown in Florence takes place every May and is not only an opportunity to taste fine Tuscan wines, but also to experience the historical center of the city transformed into a stage for theatrical, musical and cultural shows. The wine tastings are held in the cloisters and gardens of fabulous noble palaces which are delineated in 3 zones of the city: Oltrarno, Proconsolo and Signoria. They include Palazzo Guicciardini, Palazzo Corsini Suarez, Chiostro Grande dell’Ammannati, Palazzo Davanzati, Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, Chiostro del Magistero, Palazzo Antinori, Loggia del Grano, the Museum of Bargello, Palazzo Pazzi Quaratesi, Palazzo Non Finito, Chiostro delle…
Last modified on 02 May 2013

Easter in Florence

Published in Tuscany Itineraries
Lo Scoppio del Carro, the traditional Easter Sunday event in Piazza del Duomo Florence, could be best described as the 'Doves of Peace Cart Explosion'. A literal explanation for what is literally an explosive affair.  Its origins go back to the 12th century and the appropriately named Pazzino dei Pazzi. The crusader was the first to climb over the walls of the besieged Jerusalem and his courage was rewarded with a few stones from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Each Easter Sunday they light the symbolic 'nuovo fuoco'. A cart in the form of a dovecote is pulled into…
Last modified on 26 March 2013