The Beautiful City of Florence
'Firenze' in Italian, Florence is a beautiful city not to be missed. Surrounded by hills, the city sits either side of the River Arno in a natural bowl, and harbours an overwhelming abundance of Renaissance ‘palazzi’, museums and churches that are world famous for their beauty, art and history. Parking in Florence can be tricky so why not take the bus? Local buses leave from the village of Tavarnuzze every 30 minutes and the journey to Florence takes 45 minutes.
Wine Tasting in Chianti
Chianti is not just a beautiful region of Tuscany, but also a famous wine producing region - so wine tasting is a must during any stay in Chianti! Some of the wines produced in Chianti are: Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Fiorentini ... but there are many others to taste and savour.
Explore Greve in Chianti
A small town with a few museums and monuments to visit, Greve still offers a chance to enjoy a relaxing walk in and around the main square. Piazza Matteotti is the main piazza in Greve and, even if it isn't "square", it is still the focal point of the town. Every Saturday morning the weekly market still takes place, giving you the chance to take in the atmosphere of a typical Tuscan market day.
Nestled in the rolling hills just above Greve in the heart of the Chianti region, this is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Time actually seems to have stopped in this medieval hamlet where tiny stone streets climb to the majestic Castle or Cassero rewarding visitors with an amazing panorama over the surrounding Tuscan countryside. One of the best wines of the region is produced here, the Montefioralle Chianti Classico. Make sure you stop for a taste at the Montefioralle Winery, a family-run winery that organizes wine tastings and visits to the cellar.
Bag a Bargain
South of Florence 'The Mall' at Incisa fills 20 stores with the best designer bargains.
Take a Tuscan cookery class
The owner of Casale Tavarnuzze can arrange this for you.
Be the protagonist of a fairy tale for a day: a park of art, architecture and play will help visitors of all ages rediscover a great book. Pinocchio Park has already welcomed more than 7 million visitors, and will be happy to welcome you too!
Relax in a Thermal Grotto
The Grotta Giusti benefits from its unique thermal grotto, a fascinating natural cave with an underground hot water lake, where guests can enjoy a relaxing and detoxifying steam bath. Other spa facilities are also available for a truly relaxing day.
A Day in Pisa
Pisa is a very pleasant city set on the banks of the River Arno, a bustling university town where everyday life carries on despite the tourists that descend on it! The main hub is the Campo dei Miracoli, where you will find the cross-shaped Cathedral, the Leaning Tower and the Baptistry, as well as the Cemetery. All are incredible works of architecture and no matter how many pictures you have seen, nothing really prepares you for seeing them in real life.
A Visit to Lucca is a Must
One of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, if not the whole of Italy, Lucca is a Renaissance jewel. At the same time, it has an authentic lived-in feel with a lively atmosphere. Perfectly preserved, the walls encircling the city are no longer needed for defence, so have been turned into a tree-lined pedestrian promenade 4km in length.
Sample the Local Cuisine
Each Italian region offers its own take on delicious and unique dishes based on their history and location. Tuscany's food is much like the landscape: clean, sober, and soothingly simple. Building their dishes on a relationship of vegetables, beans, saltless bread, and fruity olive oil, Tuscans are masters at the art of understatement.
Discover Tuscany’s Olive Oil
Olive oil is widely used throughout Italy in cooking and as a condiment. Most families with a patch of ground grow their own olives for oil - and if you are visiting, you can buy direct from the grower. This is quite easy, as almost every wine producer also produces olive oil so that oil can be bought at any of the very numerous “Olio”, "Vendita Diretta" and "Degustazione" places dotted along the country roads of Tuscany.
Meander Through the Market
Arezzo hosts the largest antique market in Tuscany. The fair takes advantage of the extraordinary scenery of Piazza San Francesco, Piazza Grande and the Logge del Vasari. The stalls spread over the side alleys and squares across the historic centre, transforming the character of the city for the two days of the Antique Market.
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