Guide to Tuscany and Florence

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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.

  • Ribollita, Tuscan soup recipe

    Published in Tuscany Recipes
    Typical Tuscan style soup with vegetables, beans and bread. Ingredients Red onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, beans, savoy cabbage, leek, zucchini, beans, tomato sauce, thyme, white Tuscan bread, salt and pepper, stale bread.
    Last modified on 04 March 2013

Wine zone of Chianti

Published in Tuscany Itineraries
The famous Chianti district or territory in Tuscany stretches from Florence to Siena and is located west of the Valdelsa and east of the Chianti mountains. Many have brutally claimed the territory as their own over the centuries and the area has always been considered the ‘heart of Tuscany’. The Etruscans called this territory 'Clante' after the river and the landscapes have communicated Italy around the world. Vineyards, chestnuts, oak forests medieval towns, castles, farmhouses and those classic cypress trees say it all. As for the wine the first association of Chianti wine producers was established in Radda in Chianti…
Last modified on 28 February 2013

Nobile di Montepulciano Wine Road

Published in Tuscany Itineraries
La Strada del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is more than just a simple tourist route map. If you follow it closely you'll realise that the very fine wine is just a suitable excuse for getting close to the food, culture, nature and historical attractions of this famous wine growing area in province of Siena. Nevertheless, the wine producers, cellars, restaurants and cantinas are central to the experience. There are 80 such stopping off points in a rural zone between the historical centre of Montepulciano and Montepulciano Stazione.
Last modified on 07 February 2013

Carnival Recipe for Cenci, Frappe or Chiacchiere

Published in Tuscany Recipes
The recipe for these common carnival fried pastry or frappe is similar across Italy, but regional dialects and slight variations have led to a handful of local names such as 'bugie', 'risole', 'manzòle' and 'fiocchetti'. In Tuscany, these doughnuts may also be called 'chiacchiere'. In Venice 'fritole'. All are delicious and typically sprinkled with icing sugar like a light layer snow on the hills of the lower Appenines at this time of year.   ingredients 250g flour, 80gr sugar, 2 eggs, caster sugar, olive oil, orange and lemon peel, sweet wine, salt to taste.
Last modified on 02 February 2013

Carnival of Viareggio

Published in Tuscany Itineraries
They take their carnival very seriously in Viareggio. And not without reason as it is one of the best and most famous in all of Italy. Visitors to the seaside town in Tuscany at other times of the year might stumble upon wire meshing and huge clowns' heads lying in back streets, all witnesses to the build up for the all important month of February. Viareggio has a relaxed charm and stretches along the coast to a quaint port and a mini canal system. The name comes from a tower which stood on the Via Regia. The celebrations get under…
Last modified on 02 February 2013

Pancakes all year

Published in Tuscany Food
In the UK there is a tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. According to the BBC’s food page, the custom originated in order to use up ingredients, particularly eggs, that were given up for the Lenten fast. In Italy Carnival is the pre-Lent celebration with feasting that goes well beyond pancakes. For the rest of the year, the Garfagnana is the place to go for pancakes, which are usually cooked over a fire between testi, two circular plates of steel. Necci are made from chestnut flour, water and olive oil and cooked between flat…
Last modified on 02 February 2013

Florentine T-Bone Steak

Published in Tuscany Food
A real Florentine steak or Fiorentina Chianina is T-Bone steak from a cow which has reached an age of 30 months. It is typically grilled rare and is taken from the part of the animal pictured here. From 1999 it was officially off on the menu in Italy due to the mad cow scare and only steaks from younger cows were sanctioned by European quarantine laws for a while. Regulations were relaxed in January 2006 from 12 month to 24 month old cows, and in January 2008 the pride of every Tuscan butcher is now being prepared as it always was. The…
Last modified on 01 February 2013