things to do in Tuscany

Unforgettable experiences in Tuscany

Do you want to visit Tuscany but don’t know what to see? What follows is a guide to guide tourists through the countless historical and naturalistic attractions that this region has.

Experiences in Florence (Tuscany)

Let’s start with Florence, the capital of Tuscany

Florence Cathedral and Giotto’s Bell Tower

Florence Cathedral

The visit of the city can only start from Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo of Florence, the heart and symbol of the city. Every day, thousands of tourists and passers-by flock to this small area between the majestic Brunelleschi Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower which stands on the side, and the Baptistery.

Baptistery of San Giovanni

Built in honor of San Giovanni, patron saint of the city, the Florentine Baptistery stands in front of the wide facade of the Duomo of Florence, in the homonymous square, and represents part of the original religious nucleus of Florence. Built on an octagonal plan, the baptistery presents the classic “Romantico fiorentino” covering in white Carrara marble and Prato green.

Santa Croce

Santa Croce

This long rectangular square, bordered by large stone benches, is one of the most popular Florentine meeting points: both for the numerous bars and restaurants that crowd the surrounding streets, and for the proximity to the national library, or for the frequent demonstrations – among the most celebrated costume football – held annually.

Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi

The central element of Florence’s most famous square, Piazza della Signoria, is the fourteenth-century Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of civil and administrative power in the city. The view is dominated by the ancient sculptures in marble or pietra serena, like that of Marzocco by Donatello, the mighty lion resting on the emblem with the Florentine lily; or the Fountain of Neptune.

The Loggia dei Lanzi, built at the end of the fourteenth century, housed the ancient public assemblies. Today it collects numerous marble sculptures, with the exception of Benvenuto Cellini’s bronze masterpiece: the Perseus, dating back to 1554, which with an athletic gesture triumphantly exposes the decapitated head of Medusa.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte vecchio

With its international reputation, Ponte Vecchio is one of the symbols of historic Florence. Allowing the passage over the waters of the Arno, where the river narrows, the bridge joins the historical center of the city with the east zone that the Florentines commonly call “Diladdarno”: leaving Piazza delle Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery behind you arrive quickly at Palazzo Pitti and at the Boboli Gardens.

A particularity of the bridge are the artisan shops – once butcher’s shops, today refined goldsmith shops – that line the road but stop at the center of the bridge to make room for two large panoramic terraces.

Boboli’s Garden

Boboli's garden

Private park of the residential building of Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens connects the famous palace of Florence with the Forte Belvedere. Dear example of Italian garden, 45,000 square meters wide, the park houses statues, various residences and museums, and presents an architectural-landscape structure that makes it unique in the world. The garden also includes the Museo degli Argenti, the Galleria del Costume and the Porcelain Museum.

Uffizi Museum

Uffizi Museum

The Uffizi Museum in Florence – whose name derives from the ancient “offices” of the administrative apparatus of the city – collects works from the private collection of the Medici family. It is one of the most famous and visited museums in the world, open to the public since 1591!

Inside are preserved works of inestimable value, such as the fifteenth-century paintings by Botticelli such as the Primavera and the Birth of Venus. There are also the masterpieces of Cimabue, Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Tiziano, Goya and many others.

San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte, Florence, Italy

On the top of the city of Florence stands the church of San Miniato, on Mons Florentinus. A steep staircase will take you to one of the most fascinating churches in all of Florence. The façade, with the typical geometries of white marble and green serpentine of Prato, recalls once again the Romanesque-Florentine art. The interior of the church is unusual, with the presbytery and the choir on a platform raised above the crypt, which is accessed via two side staircases.

What to do In Siena

It is Siena, land of the Palio, of the homonymous color, of good wine and of the attractions that, once visited, remain irremediably in the heart. Here are the main things to see in Siena absolutely.

Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo (Siena)

Piazza del Campo, the hub of the city’s economic and social life since the 14th century, is home to the famous Palio, held twice a year in the Tuscan town. Admirable from above (rising to the top of the Torre del Mangia, located in the imposing Palazzo Pubblico, overlooking the square), the square boasts a natural slope that feeds its charm.

Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico Siena

One of the most majestic buildings for civilian use in our nation. Inside this structure houses the Civic Museum, with works of rare beauty such as the frescoes by Lorenzetti; next to the Palace (site of today’s Municipal Administration) we find the very high Torre del Mangia, from which, having overcome the shock of the 88 meters high, we will be able to admire Siena in all its timeless beauty.

Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral

Simply a masterpiece. The exterior of the suggestive Siena Cathedral will delight you with its view, and then visit the sumptuous interiors. The floors, which tell a story with their evocative impressed images; the Piccolomini Library, the chapel of the same name, the Pulpit built by Nicola Pisano, one of the many great artists who, together with Michelangelo and Pinturicchio, have made the Duomo a jewel of Sienese art and more.

Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex

Santa Maria della scala

Originally it was a hospital facility, designed to support poor, pilgrims and abandoned children. Today Santa Maria della Scala, located on the Via Francigena a few steps from the Duomo of Siena, is one of the most important and impressive museum complexes in the city, capable of satisfying every kind of tourist, with its vast range of exhibitions ranging from archeology to contemporary art.

What to do In Livorno

Livorno is a multicultural and multi-ethnic city, animated by people from all over the world and rich in monuments and attractions. Here is what is worth seeing in Livorno according to us!

The Old Fortress

Old Fortress, Livorno

Speaking of what to see in Livorno we certainly could not start from the Old Fortress. Today it is possible to reach it via a concrete pier, but in the past it was only accessible via a system of floating barges.

The New Fortress

Livorno New Fortress

The New Fortress is located on an islet carved out of the canal, in the full center of Livorno: today it houses a wonderful park and a space that is often used for events and weddings.

Republic square

Repubblica square Livorno (FILEminimizer)

Piazza della Repubblica is one of the main squares of Livorno and is one of the must-see attractions among the top attractions of the city. It is located very close to the New Fortress, and is an integral part of the neighborhood called Venezia Nuova, one of the best preserved in Livorno.

Terrazza Mascagni

Terrazza Mascagni

To fully enjoy the breeze coming from the sea, the Terrazza Mascagni is the perfect place! It is a very large square overlooking the crystal clear waters of the sea, with benches, gazebos and flower beds: the perfect place to relax after a day spent visiting Livorno!

What to do in Pisa

Pisa is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany and throughout Italy. Founded, according to legend, by the Achaean warriors after the Trojan war, Pisa is an ancient city that actually dates back to at least the Etruscan period. Let’s see what the main attractions of Pisa are.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the greatest Romanesque artistic expressions that you will find in Pisa. Built by the architect Buscheto in 1064 in the center of Campo dei Miracoli, the cathedral blends classic, Norman, Byzantine, early Christian and Arab elements. The exterior is richly decorated with multicolored marbles, mosaics and bronze objects, while the interior is characterized by the particular alternation of white and black marble, gray marble columns and coffered ceiling.

Tower of Pisa

Pisa tower

The Tower of Pisa is the symbol of the city. It is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta from there not far away. Built in 1173 on a sandy bottom, the Tower immediately began to hang, perhaps also because of the shallow foundations (only 3 meters). Over the centuries there have been several attempts to stop the increasing slope of the tower, which today was signed at 4 meters thanks to the latest invention of 1998: remove the ground on the north side to create a counter-balance and fix steel rods and lead counterweights that reach 900 tons.

Camposanto Monumentale

Camposanto Monumentale Pisa

The Camposanto Monumentale is located near the Campo dei Miracoli and is a place rich in history. The current arrangement of the Camposanto comes directly from the nineteenth century, a period in which the burials were moved indoors. Further restoration work began in 1945 after the bombings of the Second World War, but to date they have not yet been completed.

Borgo Stretto

Borgo Stretto Pisa

Borgo Stretto is one of the most typical and ancient districts of Pisa. It is located a short distance from the Lungarno and is rich in historic buildings. Here you can see the Casino dei Nobili, dating back to the eighteenth century, but also medieval markets under the arcades that still today line the streets that open into small squares.

Top experiences in Arezzo

Among the cities not to be missed there is certainly Arezzo with its atmosphere, its history and its medieval old town: a mix of art, fun and relaxation from which you will be able to get involved completely.

Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande Arezzo

The oldest square in Arezzo was the set of some scenes from the Oscar-winning film “La Vita è Bella” by Roberto Benigni, which made his extraordinary architectural harmony known to the world. To make it one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, palaces, towers and churches from various eras contribute, including the elegant 16th century Vasari loggia.

Cathedral of San Donato

Cattedrale San Donato Arezzo

The works for the construction of the imposing cathedral, begun at the end of the 14th century, lasted three centuries. The Gothic-style interior is illuminated by the stained-glass windows of Guillaume de Marcillat and contains numerous valuable works, including the Magdalene by Piero della Francesca and the high altar to which Giovanni Pisano would have contributed.

Basilica of San Francesco

Basilica San Francesco Arezzo

If you are a fan of sacred art you should not miss a visit to this 13th century church, one of the oldest buildings in Arezzo. The façade is unadorned and unfinished, but the interior is a real marvel: the walls are covered with splendid frescoes, among which the cycle of the Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca, considered one of the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance art.

Passeggio del Prato Park

Passeggio del prato Arezzo

Between the Cathedral and the Medici Fortress, easily reachable on foot from Piazza Grande, it is the ideal place for a break or a walk in the countryside, while remaining in the city center. It is divided into two distinct parts: on one side a large circular flowerbed, on the other a shady grove of trees and plants, in the middle stands the imposing monument to Francesco Petrarca.

What to do in Massa Carrara

As soon as you arrive in Carrara, you immediately perceive the white aura that the white marble slabs, present everywhere, give to this city. Here are the main activities of this beautiful province.

Marble quarries

Marble quarries Carrara

These are unique places in the world, scenarios that are difficult to imagine otherwise and that will remain forever etched in your mind. in reality, the quarries on the surface are only a part of the total: for environmental, logistic and historical reasons, many of them are located inside the mountain, excavated starting from narrow tunnels that over time have expanded to become true and their own marble cathedrals.

Colonnata

Colonnata - Carrara

Colonnata rises on the slopes of the Apuan Alps. It is part of the municipality of Carrara, in the Province of Massa Carrara, and today it is inhabited by about 300 people. Waiting for you, in this small corner of the ancient world, are narrow streets lined with a vortex of stairways, underpasses and high stone walls that are so enveloping, that at times it seems you can’t breathe. In the small square, flooded with sunlight, a colorful peacock walks its elegant tail. Three children chase after a ball waiting for the late lunch. It seems that in this place, time has stopped: everything smells of ancient and intense flavors.

Although the main activity of Colonnata is related to the extraction of marble, this village is known worldwide for a gastronomic product with a protected geographical indication (PGI): the Lardo di Colonnata. It is an excellent salami obtained from pork meat, seasoned and preserved with garlic, pepper, rosemary and cinnamon and then left to mature for about 6 months in typical marble tubs. Almost every family here produces its own bacon and proudly displays its traditions.

Historic Center

Carrara historic center

Carrara is often associated only with marble. Little is known about its historic center and the beautiful streets that cut the city into delicate portions of wonder, such as the Cathedral of Carrara or Piazza Alberica, historical place for the city, with disarming beauty. The soft colors compensate for the white, at the center stands the monument dedicated to Maria Beatrice d’Este. It is a sixteenth-century square, ardently wanted by the Lord of Carrara, Alberico Malaspina.

Discover Pistoia

Pistoia has been elected capital of culture 2017. The Tuscan city offers numerous places of interest that are a must for anyone visiting the city. We see the most important places that must absolutely be visited.

Cathedral of San Zeno

The Cathedral of Pistoia dates back to the 10th century and is named after San Zeno, bishop of 300 AD The statue of the saint is located on the roof of the Cathedral next to that of the patron saint of the city of San Jacopo. The two figures of the saints are historically linked, in fact it seems that it was precisely the bishop Zeno who obtained an important relic of San Jacopo for the city of Pistoia, to which the city was devoted, coming from Santiago de Compostela.

Baptistery of San Giovanni in Corte

San Giovanni in Corte Pistoia

The Baptistery has undergone several restorations over the centuries and entering into it has the impression of a solemn environment. The visitor’s attention is inevitably captured by the splendid baptismal font created by Lanfranco di Como and positioned at the center of the octagon. The Baptistery today no longer has a liturgical function, but occasionally hosts cultural events.

Pistoia underground

Pistoia underground

The Tuscan city not only offers attractions on the surface, but also in its basements. Those who pass through Pistoia cannot but visit the underground streets that host numerous surprises. This is a walkway that not everyone knows, an excursion that I strongly recommend you do when you happen to be in the area. The organized route brings to light the true story that has given life to this village since its foundation.

San Giovanni Fuorcivitas

San Giovanni Fuorcivitas

The church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas is located outside the original nucleus of the city of Pistoia, which in the Middle Ages corresponded to the first city walls. Many believe that at first the site was occupied by a church built by the Lombards, who once converted to Catholicism wanted to show their faith by dedicating a new place of worship to the holy apostle. At the beginning of the 12th century, however, a new building was built. Work was begun that lasted until the 14th century due to subsequent enlargements, bringing San Giovanni to its present appearance.

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Tuscany in Italy (Map of Tuscany and of Italy)

Tuscany is a region of central Italy that borders to the northwest with Liguria, to the north with Emilia-Romagna, to the east with the Marche and Umbria, to the south with Lazio. Let’s find out more about this region.

Provinces of Tuscany

Let’s start with the provinces of the Tuscany.

Arezzo

The city of Arezzo arose in remote times, when Rome had not yet been founded, Arezzo was already one of the strongest Etruscan cities, probably the site of one of the twelve city-states. There are numerous artistic testimonies present in Arezzo: one of the oldest is the Roman Amphitheater, the Basilica of San Francesco, the Basilica of San Domenico, the Church of the SS. Annunziata and that of Santa Maria in Gradi.

Lucca

Lucca, one of the main cities of art in Italy, has a historic center of enormous value, the walls of Roman origin, are still extraordinarily preserved and the inner urban fabric has remained substantially intact.

Called the “city of 100 churches” due to the presence of innumerable religious buildings, it also boasts numerous Renaissance towers, bell towers and palaces of exquisite architectural value. In the main Piazza Napoleone or Piazza Grande the foundations of pre-existing Napoleonic buildings are visible.

Spending your holidays Lucca does not only mean visiting the countless monuments from the past, but also appreciating different events held in the city throughout the year; there are numerous events in the artistic and traditional sphere that involve the city of Lucca. In July the Summer Festival takes place, with internationally renowned artists and between October and November that Lucca hosts the most important Italian comic fair, Lucca Comics.

Grosseto

Grosseto is the main city of the Tuscan Maremma. The city is located just ten kilometers from the sea; the municipal area is part of several protected areas: the Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve, the Maremma Natural Park and the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, as well as the Cetacean Sanctuary, an internationally protected marine area.

Despite the relatively small surface area of the historic center of Grosseto, the city retains many monuments and buildings of great historical and artistic value: the Roman column in Piazza Dante, the cathedral of San Lorenzo or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Siena

Piazza del Campo (Siena)

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena is a province chosen by more and more tourists as a holiday destination, a true jewel of the Tuscan Middle Ages. Famous in the world as well as for its beauty, also because it is the place where the traditional Palio takes place.

Among the main attractions we find Piazza del Campo, the Palazzo Pubblico, the Torre del Mangia, the civic museum and the magnificent Duomo.

Firenze

Spending holidays in Florence is the desire of millions of tourists. We provide you with a brief guide to the city with the main places to visit and some historical notes that will help you better understand the charm of Florence, the largest city in Tuscany and also its historical, artistic and economic fulcrum.

Among the most famous monuments is the Duomo, which houses frescoes and stained glass windows of some of the key figures of the Renaissance: Vasari, Donatello, Paolo Uccello and Ghiberti. Equally important is the bell tower of the cathedral (designed by Giotto) with a very refined marble covering and a grandiose sculptural decoration that adorns the base.

The Church of Santa Croce also contains many works of art. Among these are the Annunciation by Donatello, the frescoes by Giotto and the main chapel in Gothic style.

The Palazzo Vecchio is the most important public building in the city of Florence; for many centuries it was the seat of the Government and official residence of the ruling family.

South of the palace we find the Uffizi Gallery, this is undoubtedly one of the most important art museums in the world. There are works of the most representative Italian and foreign paintings of all times, including Cimabue, Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphael Sanzio and Titian.

Prato

Prato, the capital is located in northern Tuscany and is well known, in Italy and in the world, for its ancient tradition of textile production.

The city of Prato boasts many monuments of great historical and artistic interest.

The Piazza del Comune, built towards the end of the thirteenth century at the intersection of the two main city streets, has always been the economic and political center of the city.

In the city there are four churches, all linked to the Madonna: S. Maria delle Carceri, S. Maria del Giglio, the Church of Santa Maria delle Carceri and the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà.

To note the festival that takes place every year on September 8th, the day of the birth of the Madonna, in which the Historical Corteggio takes place, that is the costume parade along the streets of the center that ends in Piazza del Duomo, where the display of the Sacred Belt, the fabric belt that according to tradition belonged to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pistoia

Pistoia is a city rich in history and monuments of great value. The main buildings are Romanesque and Renaissance, especially churches and religious places.

On the Piazza del Duomo there are several very suggestive architectures, first of all the Cathedral of San Zeno, the bell tower of the cathedral, very massive, is 70 meters high and with its three orders of loggias, is considered among the most beautiful in Italy . Opposite the Duomo is the baptistery, a building with decorations in white and green marble and surmounted by a picturesque dome.

In the same square it is also possible to admire the Palazzo dei Vescovi, the Palazzo Pretorio and the Palazzo del Comune.

The spas of Montecatini Terme and Monsummano are also well known, famous for its caves and its water with beneficial properties.

Among the events that take place annually in Pistoia we point out on July 25 the Giostra dell’orso, a sort of equestrian palio that challenges the four city districts and the international music festival Pistoia Blues, the second week of July.

Massa Carrara

The province of Massa Carrara takes its name from the major cities in the area.

A part of the province overlooks the sea and is known as the Apuan Riviera. The continental part of Massa-Carrara is instead the Lunigiana, an area that holds wonderful culinary and landscape surprises, among the most interesting in Tuscany.

In Carrara we can see the seafront, the medieval old town, the Cathedral of Carrara and the academy of fine arts as well as the famous marble quarries.

On the slopes of the Apuan Alps, there is one of the most famous villages of Lunigiana. Colonnata is famous for a particular gastronomic product that is known throughout the world as the lard of Colonnata.

Visit the fortress of Malaspina in Fosdinovo where stories and legends flutter, including that of the ghost of Bianca Maria Aloisia.

Livorno

Livorno- Provinces of Tuscany

Livorno is located along the Ligurian Sea coast and has one of the main ports in Italy, especially as a commercial port.

There are many monuments that the city of Livorno offers to tourists; among the main ones we remember the Old Fortress. There are also numerous buildings of worship: churches, temples and cemeteries of different religious confessions that testify to the peaceful integration of different races and peoples.

Pisa

Pisa is among the major cultural centers of Italy, as it preserves a rich artistic heritage. The most important monuments are found in the Piazza dei Miracoli. In this square: you can admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Gallery that surrounds the Camposanto and the Cappella Del Pozzo.

Distances from top Cities in Italy

Florence is about 268 km from Venice, 305 km from Milan, 271 km from Rome and 470 km from Naples

How to get there

Florence is well connected with the rest of Italy, as well as with Europe, and is easy to reach both by land and by air. In recent years, traffic to and from Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport has increased significantly and the infrastructure and services are constantly improving.

The trains connect the Tuscan capital very well with the other regions, and in 2009 the Frecciarossa high-speed trains were also introduced, which make it possible to travel on the Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan route in a very short time.

Florence is also a key node in the Italian motorway network.

It is well connected with the main cities of the north of the country while, going south, Rome is only an hour and a half away by car. The A1 motorway, the main artery that connects Italy from north to south, has four exits to Florence. The A11 motorway and the Florence-Pisa-Livorno (FI-PI-LI) two-lane motorway connect Florence to the Tyrrhenian coast.

Map of 10 top attractions

Let’s find out the top attractions you cannot miss if you visit Tuscany.

Giotto’s Bell Tower

Giotto’s Bell Tower is one of the four main components of Piazza del Duomo in Florence: covered with white, red and green marble like those that adorn the Cathedral, the majestic square-based bell tower, considered the most beautiful in Italy, probably created more as a decorative and functional element, it was started by Giotto in 1334.

Statue of the Four Moors

The statue of the Four Moors is a famous sculpture placed on the base of the monument dedicated to Ferdinand I, and is located in Piazza Micheli in Livorno. The monument of Ferdinand I, where the Quattro mori rests, was erected to celebrate the triumphs brought against the Barbary corsairs by the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano.

Rocca Aldobrandesca

Rocca Aldobrandesca overlooks the medieval village of Castiglione d’Orcia, which “looks” to that of Tentennano, where you can see large traces still visible of the walls around which the houses of the village often rest. The Rocca rises at the highest point of the relief of 574 meters. It seems to be the oldest settlement in the area, although certain information about the presence of a parish church and then of the castle can only be found in the early Middle Ages.

Brazilian military votive monument

In the town of San Rocco is the only votive monument in Italy dedicated to fallen Brazilian soldiers, especially those of Força Expedicionaria Brasileira (FEB).

This very suggestive and particular corner of Pistoia is not located in the historic center of the city but it is easily accessible by car (from the center, for example from Piazza San Francesco, about 10 minutes) and by public transport

Palazzo Pretorio

The Palazzo Pretorio, known above all with the name of Palazzo d’Arnolfo from the name of Arnolfo di Cambio, is a thirteenth-century palace that for centuries constituted the center of power of the town of San Giovanni Valdarno.

The medieval structure, remodeled as early as the fifteenth century, has recently been restored to bring it back to its former glory. The original structure of the Palace is not the one we can admire today; over time it has been extended both in length and in width. Due to its similarity with Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, San Giovanni is called “La Firenze in miniatura”.

Arc de Triomphe

Florence Arc de Triomphe was built according to a design by the architect Jean-Nicolas Jadot. The arch has the Habsburg eagle that dominates the other decorations. The bas-reliefs depict the triumphs of the Habsburg dynasty which are underlined by Latin inscriptions.

Tomb of Winged Demons

The Tomb of the Winged Demons was discovered only recently, in the autumn of 2004, near the Tomb of Ildebranda. Archaeological excavations have made it possible to recover the sculptural decoration of the tomb, thus reconstructing the original forms of the monument.

Perseos’s statue

Among the statues present today in the Loggia della Signoria, the Perseo by Benvenuto Cellini is probably the most important and extraordinary work from an artistic and technical point of view, considered a masterpiece of Italian Mannerist sculpture and one of the most famous statues in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

Pratolino park

Parco Pratolino- Map of 10 top attractions

The Pratolino park today is among the most beautiful in the surroundings of Florence. Although few testimonies have come from the ancient Medicean park, one can still imagine the fascination and the wonder that these must have been.

Villa Demidoff is the modern name of the ancient Paggeria Medicea di Pratolino. Located on the hills around Florence, along the Via Bolognese towards the Mugello, the Villa di Pratolino was bought by Francesco I de Medici in 1568.

Monument of Dante Alighieri

The Monument to Dante Alighieri is located in Piazza Santa Croce, one of the main squares of the historic center of Florence

The white Carrara marble statue was created by the sculptor Enrico Pazzi in 1865, 600 years after the birth of Dante (1265-1321). In 2011 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy the work was restored.

Volognano: where your dreams come true

Why should you come to Volognano? Well, it’s pretty simple, the Castle is located near Florence, therefore it is very easy to move through Tuscany to visit the main places of interest without having to give up an exclusive stay in the beautiful hills of Chianti.

Contact us now to learn more!

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The list of the best hotels in Tuscany region

Tuscany is a magical land, full of things to discover and experience. To enjoy your holiday it’s essential to have the right accommodation and to help you we have selected the best hotels in Tuscany. Among the hotels, residences and apartments we have chosen, you will certainly find the right accommodation for your journey!

 

Contents of the post:

  1. Best Hotels in Florence, Tuscany
  2. Best Hotels in Pisa, Tuscany
  3. Best Hotels in Siena, Tuscany
  4. Best hotels in Livorno, Tuscany
  5. Best hotels in Grosseto, Tuscany
  6. Best hotels in Arezzo, Tuscany
  7. Best hotels in Lucca, Tuscany
  8. Best hotels in Massa Carrara, Tuscany
  9. Best hotels in Pistoia, Tuscany

 

Best hotels in Florence, Tuscany

Top hotels in Florence, Tuscany

  1. Volognano Castle

More than a hotel, Volognano is a castle surrounded by nature in the region of Chianti. Near Florence, just 10 miles far from the city, Volognano provides all the comforts that you can imagine in your Tuscan holiday. A swimming pool, suites and rooms finely furnished in a classic style and its winery with a selection of the best wines of the region. Volognano is the perfect accommodation to enjoy Tuscany not giving up to relax, in the magical atmosphere of the countryside.

via di Volognano, 12, Volognano (FI)

+39 055 8303125

volognano.com

 

  1. Portrait Firenze

A few steps far from Ponte Vecchio there is the Portrait Firenze hotel. Central location and its sophisticated and modern design are the strong point of this luxury structure. If you want a hotel with a refined atmosphere and near to the center the Portrait could be for your.

Lungarno Acciaiuoli 4, Florence (FI)

+39 055 2726 8000

lungarnocollection.com

 

  1. The St. Regis Florence

Located on the north bank of the Arno, The St. Regis is a hotel with a classic Florentine style. Inside a Renaissance palazzo, The St. Regis is decorated and enriched with frescos, Murano glass and Carrara marble creating a mix between ages.

Piazza Ognissanti 1, Florence (FI)

+39 055 27161

stregisflorence.com

 

  1. Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites

In an elegant palace of mid-century age, 10 minutes walk away the historic center, Velona’s Jungle is a special hotel. The interiors remind a jungle atmosphere with their motifs and the furniture blends contemporary and vintage pieces with style.

Via Montebello, 86, Florence (FI)

055 274 1536

velonasjungle.com

 

  1. Hotel Savoy

Central hotel in Piazza della Repubblica, the Savoy brings the jazzy ambient and takes it in a collection of classic Italian fabrics, bright colors and stylish furnitures. Savoy impresses for its number of rooms, 80 overall.

Piazza Della Repubblica 7, Florence (FI)

+39 055 27351

roccofortehotels.com

 

Best hotels in Pisa, Tuscany

  1. Sentido Toscana Charme Resort

Located 18km far from Pisa center, Sentido Charme Resort overlooks the beach Tirrenia.

Ideal for families or couples searching relax and a sea holiday, but with the chance to visit a city of historical and artistic interest like Pisa.

Viale del Tirreno 68b, Calambrone, Pisa (PI)

+39 0586 184 5830

toscanacharmeresort.com

 

  1. Palazzo Cini

A small and stylish hotel in the center of Pisa, Palazzo Cini is in a not crowded area, 20 minutes away from the center by walk. Modern and minimalist design give elegance and style to the structure. Palazzo Cini is not so far from the center and insures relax and quiet with its position.

12 Via Alessandro Manzoni 12, Pisa (PI)

+39 050 501125

palazzocinipisa.com

 

  1. Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort

Frescos and paintings decorate this structure built in 17th century and now transformed into Spa and Resort. In Bagni di Pisa reigns relax and wellness, surrounded by a classic elegance.

Largo Shelley 18, San Giuliano Terme (PI)

+39 050 88501

bagnidipisa.com

 

Best hotels in Siena, Tuscany

Top hotels in Siena, Tuscany

  1. Castel Monastero

The structure of this special hotel is a 11th century monastery surrounded by the countryside. The history of the exterior contrasts with the elegant and refined interior, giving to this place a magical atmosphere. Far 15 miles from the city center Castel Monastero is perfect for a relaxing holiday immersed in nature.

Monastero d’Ombrone, Siena (SI)

+39 0577 570 001

castelmonastero.com

 

  1. Hotel Palazzo Ravizza

This hotel stands out for its location, central but quiet, only five minutes on foot from the Dome. Hotel Palazzo Riva is inside a 17th century building and its history is rapresented by all the furnitures and frescos that enrich rooms and halls. This hotel is perfect to live the heart of the city in an elegant and sophisticated accommodation.

Pian di Mantellini 34, Siena (SI)

+39 0577 280462

palazzoravizza.it

 

  1. Relais degli Angeli

Relais degli Angeli is a charming hotel located in a historic palazzo in the centre of Siena. Decorations and furnitures are in a antiques style giving the spot an elegance from the past. There are only seven rooms in this hotel, and each of them is dedicated to a different angel with frescos on the ceiling. This place is the perfect accommodation for art and antiques lovers.

Via Montanini 83, Siena (SI)

+39 0577 222909

relaisdegliangeli.com

 

  1. Palazzo Borghesi

Just a few steps far from Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Borghesi is the perfect suite for shopping and exploring the center of the town. Not a hotel but a historic house where reigns the attention to details. Antiques and artworks collection showed in the rooms and the hall gives a romantic atmosphere in a place where you can feel like in a family house.

Via S. Pietro, 3, Siena (SI)

+39 339 666 2939

palazzoborghesesiena.it

 

  1. Frances’ Lodge

Away from the city, France’s Lodge is located in a farmhouse 2 miles far from Siena. The hotel offers panoramic views on the city and on the hills near it. Woods and terracotta gives to the inside a warm and particular atmosphere. France’s Lodge is perfect to relax and stroll in the Tuscan countryside, and in a few minutes reach the city and its beauties.

Strada di Valdipugna 2, Siena (SI)

00 39 0577 42379

franceslodge.eu

 

Best hotels in Livorno, Tuscany

  1. Grand Hotel Palazzo

A large and sumptuous structure overlooking the seafront of Livorno, Grand Hotel Palazzo is one of a kind. A 19th century building with luxurious interiors, elegant rooms, swimming pools and spas has now become the perfect place for a holiday of comfort and relax.

Viale Italia, 195, Livorno (LI)

+39 0586 260836

ghpalazzo.it

 

  1. Hotel Villa Ottone

Located in the beautiful Isola d’Elba, in the province of Livorno, Hotel Villa Ottone is the perfect resort for a holiday in the coasts of Tuscany. In front of the sea, the hotel is an elegant and luxury place where to relax with all the comforts.  Gym, pools and spa are just some of the services of this structure.

Ottone, 57037, 57037 Portoferraio (LI)

+39 0565 933042

villaottone.com

 

  1. Relais Poggio ai Santi

Immersed in the countryside, in front of the sea, Poggio ai Santi is an oasis for a holiday in the Tuscan countryside. Acres of parks and olive groves, spacious suites and a welcoming atmosphere with an interesting mix of classic and modern furnishings make this relais hotel an excellent choice if you are looking for calm and tranquility outside the big tourist spots.

via San Bartolo, 100, San Vincenzo (LI)

+39 0565 798032

poggioaisanti.com

 

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Best hotels in Grosseto, Tuscany

  1. Fattoria San Lorenzo

Fattoria San Lorenzo is a countryside resort on the outskirts of Grosseto. The apartments are independent, furnished in a warm and rustic style. Inside there is a large swimming pool and two restaurants, one of which with typical and traditional Tuscan dishes. Fattoria San Lorenzo is ideal for relaxing in a quiet resort surrounded by nature.

Via della Trappola, Grosseto (GR)

0564 24116

fattoriasanlorenzo.it

 

  1. Villa Talamo

Located between the Tuscan countryside and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Villa Talamo is a small spot of peace in Tuscany. The hotel consists of a few elegant and well-appointed rooms. Ideal for an escape from the noise of the city to find peace while admiring beautiful views.

Via Gaetano Carotti, 8, Fonteblanda, (GR)

342 955 3141

villatalamo.com

 

Best hotels in Arezzo, Tuscany

  1. Graziella Patio Hotel

A hotel in the center of Arezzo, the Grazia Patio is only a four-minute walk from the Cathedral. Thanks to its location this hotel is ideal for a weekend visiting the works of art and monuments of the city.

Via Cavour, 23, Arezzo, (AR)

+39 0575 401962

Hotelpatio.it

 

  1. Residenza Ca de Frati

Residenza Ca de Frati is in a 19th century building in the Arezzo countryside, just 4km from the historic city center. The building is divided into eight apartments, and a large garden with a swimming pool extends around it. Ideal for a visit to Arezzo relaxing outside the city.

Via Arturo Chiari, 75, Arezzo, (AR)

0575 909137

cadefrati.com

 

  1. Agriturismo il Caggio

Agriturismo il Caggio is characterized by an ancient and outside the standards structure.

What was once a farmhouse has now been transformed into six apartments and a garden with a large swimming pool. This structure is ideal for nature lovers.

Via Del Caggio, 15, Civitella in Val di Chiana, (AR)

+39 0575 440022

ilcaggio.it

 

Best hotels in Lucca, Tuscany

  1. N.15 Santori Luxury Home

In a quiet street of the historic center, Santorini Luxury Home remind more an elegant and rich home than a hotel. In its rooms contemporary pieces of art and antiques mixes creating an interesting and modern atmosphere.

Via del Gallo 15, Lucca, (LU)

+39 0583 1523371

santoriluxuryhome.com

 

  1. Locanda al Colle

In the hills of Camiore, Locanda del Colle is in a strategic position for many purposes. Close to the Pisa airport and Lucca, Locanda is perfect as a starting point for your explorations in the cities and countryside of Tuscany. The contemporary style inside creates a pleasant contrast with the wild nature that you can admire from the outside, maybe relaxing in its swimming pool.

Via la Stretta, 231 loc. Capezzano Pianore, Camaiore (LU)

+39 0584 915195

locandaalcolle.com

 

  1. Palazzo Dipinto

Contemporary style in this hotel located in the center of Lucca. Inside the care for the design and furnishing of each room emerge with modern and stylish details. The building is in a quiet street in the historic center, ideal for visiting the city and its art without giving up a modern and sophisticated accommodation.

Piazza del Palazzo Dipinto, Lucca, (LU)

+39 055 244509

palazzodipinto.com

 

Best hotels in Massa Carrara, Tuscany

best hotels massa carrara - tuscany

  1. Villa Gilda Relax & Living

Nestled in the Tuscan hills, Villa Gilda is a stylish and elegant residence surrounded by greenery. You can admire beautiful views from its terrace, with natural and sea views. Villa Gilda is not far from Forte dei Marmi, famous for its sea, restaurants and clubs.

Via Balone, 2 – 54038 Montignoso (MS) 
+39 0585 349481

Gildafortedeimarmi.com

 

  1. Il Bottaccio

This hotel is characterized by its country style that turns out in an elegant and aristocratic way. With its eight suites, a wellness center and an haute cuisine restaurant, Il Bottaccio is ideal for relaxing in a stylish and refined accommodation near the Tuscan coast.

Via Bottaccio, 1 – 54038 Montignoso (MS) 
+39 0585 340031

Bottaccio.com

 

  1. Villa Belverde Boutique Hotel

Villa Belverde is located near Carrara in an ancient building that now welcomes its guests in a charming hotel with six suites. Pieces of contemporary art mix with the classic old-fashioned atmosphere of this villa creating a unique style.

viale xx settembre 73, Carrara (MS)

+39 0585845304

villabelverde.it

 

Best hotels in Pistoia, Tuscany

  1. Grotta Giusti

In an elegant 19th century villa, the Villa Giusti Resort is the ideal place to regenerate yourself. The spa and the thermal pool are the most interesting features of this resort, that bets on relax and well-being. The structure also has a large park with trees and green grass and a typical italian restaurant inside.

Via della Grotta Giusti, 1411, Monsummano Terme (PT)

+39 0572 90771

Grottagiustispa.com

 

  1. Residenza il Battistero

In the heart of Pistoia, il Battistero overlooks the historic center of the city with its medieval buildings and its ancient streets. Ideal for exploring Pistoia and its monuments without giving up the comfort of an elegant accommodation in the city center.

Vicolo dei Fuggiti 4, Pistoia (PT)

+ 39 0573 079220

residenzabattistero.it

 

  1. Villa Giorgia

Villa Giorgia is nestled in the peaceful countryside near Pistoia, with large lawns and an outdoor pool. 5 miles from the town, the proprety is served with daily buses that connect it to the city. Perfect for a vacation that combines tourism and relax.

Via Bolognese, 164, Pistoia (PT)

+39 0573 480042

villagiorgia.it

 

 

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Best cities of Tuscany

Tuscany the Map (Top Cities)

It is impossible to visit Tuscany without getting lost among the great cities of art, innumerable historic villages, hills and landscapes with a unique charm on which the characteristic vineyards and cultivated fields follow one another, giving rise to some of the most famous wines and gastronomic products Italy.

Tuscany is perhaps the most beautiful region of the peninsula and tourists come from all over the world to visit it.

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Best cities in Tuscany

Every small village hides unique and unforgettable views; here are some suggestions with the top cities of Tuscany you cannot miss:

Florence:

Needless to say, Florence is the first place to visit in Tuscany. The city symbol of Italian culture and language, home to poets and artists, the cradle of the Renaissance, contains some of the most famous museums and monuments throughout Italy. you can lose yourself among ancient buildings and churches while strolling through the streets of the historic center, an unforgettable experience!

Greve and Montefioralle: a journey through the Chianti hills

As soon as you come out of Florence you will come across the famous hills which, with their grapes, give rise to one of the most renowned Tuscan wines: Chianti. if you want to appreciate the unique flavor of this product the town of Greve, thanks to its many wineries, represents a must see place.

Don’t forget about Montefioralle, a picturesque, small and authentic medieval village, with a unique charm.

Chianti is a priceless treasure for all travelers interested in discovering the eno-gastronomic culture of Tuscany.

Another pearl of Chianti is the castle of Volognano, experience the exclusivity of a stay in a castle surrounded by the beauties of the territory and good wine and food!

Fiesole

Fans of history and archeology visiting Florence should not miss the nearby Fiesole, which is only 10 kilometers from the Tuscan capital. Fiesole offers the opportunity to admire the Etruscan and Roman remains of what was once a flourishing center, with its thermal baths , its amphitheater and its mighty walls.

Empoli

Not far from Florence, Empoli has been a very important center for glass processing for centuries.

Siena:

The historic center of Siena has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can breathe in all the charm of this medieval village

Not to be missed are the splendid Gothic buildings, and the numerous churches in the city. Siena is also surrounded by lush green landscapes, medieval castles, fortresses and charming farmhouses.

San Gimignano

San Gimignano, with its historic center, a UNESCO heritage site, is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. Things to see, in this country with a unique charm, do not lack, starting with the innumerable towers and suggestive streets and squares, which immerse the visitor in one of the most famous examples of fourteenth-century cities in Europe.

Montalcino

The Sienese hills and the town of Montalcino give rise to Brunello, one of the most famous (and renowned) wines of Tuscany. Alongside wineries and food and wine, Montalcino is also a fascinating medieval village, protected by ancient walls and dominated by its castle, the perfect place to appreciate not only a unique wine, but breathtaking landscapes.

Volterra:

Not far from Siena, on the road that leads to Pisa, Volterra is an ancient city founded by the Etruscans, famous since ancient times for the processing of alabaster. Numerous artisan shops can be found among the characteristic streets of its historic center, while the remains of Roman and medieval times give the village a very special charm.

Pisa

The photo with the most famous among the hanging towers is a must, but Pisa is much more than this. For example, we find Campo dei Miracoli with the Baptistery and the Cathedral, and, obviously, the medieval historic center. The center is animated by numerous bars and restaurants set in a frame of Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance squares. Pisa is also a “river city”, it boasts numerous natural hot springs and an important thermal tradition, therefore, offers the possibility to spend a cultural holiday or to enjoy a wellness break.

Lucca

Lucca can be defined as the only city in Italy where you can walk along a complete series of ancient city walls from the 1500s with towers in excellent condition, from which to enjoy a breathtaking view and take the best photographs of the city.

Pistoia

Exactly halfway between Lucca and Florence, Pistoia should not be forgotten if you really want to get to know every corner of Tuscany. The places to visit are many: the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of San Zeno, the bell tower, the baptistery, the works of art of the Marino Marini Museum and the characteristic shops of Piazza della Sala.

Arezzo

Among the places to visit in Tuscany should not miss Arezzo, city rich in history and art. The most famous glimpse of this charming medieval center is certainly the Piazza Grande, which every year hosts an exceptional event: the Giostra del Saracino.

Sansepolcro

On the border with Umbria, Sansepolcro is one of the most beautiful cities of the Aretino area. Here was born Piero della Francesca, one of the greatest masters of the Renaissance, and his works, as well as those of his most contemporary, can be admired in the Civic Museum and in the beautiful churches of the area.

Livorno

What to see in Tuscany if you love the sea? Livorno and its surroundings are a perfect destination. The city not only allows you to easily reach the beaches of the Tuscan coast, but it is also a lovely place to visit. Don’t miss the aquarium, the beautiful Piazza della Repubblica and the Terrazza Mascagni, a very elegant balcony overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Isola d’Elba

The third largest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia. It is a very successful tourist destination thanks to the fine sand of its beaches, to a clear sea, as well as to the fascinating testimonies of its past that you can discover by visiting the Pisan towers and the Etruscan fortresses.

Piombino

To reach the Island of Elba the most suitable port is that of Piombino, which with its characteristic historic center can become the occasion for a pleasant walk. Among the ancient fortifications that protected the city we reach Piazza Bovio, a belvedere with an incredible view of the sea and the nearby Elba Island.

Cecina

Along the Livorno Sea, Cecina is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Tuscany, a favorite destination for families who can find both peaceful and well-equipped establishments and lots of fun, for example by visiting the large theme park “Acqua Village”.

Viareggio

Not far from Lucca, Viareggio is famous for its splendid sea and for its famous carnival. Actually Viareggio, one of the most important cities of Versilia, is also a surprising destination, with its charming Art Nouveau villas and elegant palaces.

Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi is one of the most known and appreciated among the seaside resorts of Versilia. The establishments offer a perfect service for those who love the beaches and the background of the Apuan Alps is truly unique. A stroll along the seafront in the evening offers truly unforgettable views.

Grosseto

Visiting Tuscany also means appreciating the landscape of the Maremma, wilder than the orderly Florentine and Sienese countryside, but equally fascinating. The most important center of the Maremma is Grosseto, an ancient city fortified by mighty walls of the sixteenth century. Don’t miss Piazza Dante Alighieri, with its historic buildings and the nearby Gothic-style cathedral.

Monte Argentario

Monte Argentario is an island connected to the mainland where you can find enchanting beaches and coves among breathtaking landscapes. It is the perfect place for those who love the sea but not the bustle of the beach establishments. Do not miss the towns of Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano and the many Spanish fortresses that once defended the island.

Isola del Giglio

Facing Monte Argentario, the Isola del Giglio is one of the most beautiful in the Tuscan archipelago. The most lively village is that of Giglio Porto, right on the sea, while those wishing to venture further inland will discover the marvelous Giglio Castello, a charming and very charming center perched on the heights of the island.

Tuscany Region: map of top attractions

Considering the infinite variety of places of interest that characterize Tuscany, the main attractions will be divided by type:

Tuscany Sea

  • Costa degli Etruschi: White sand beaches characterize almost the whole area, to be interrupted only in some places, such as Baratti and Castiglioncello where granite cliffs predominate, with a typical red color. The characteristic of the Etruscan coast is the strong presence, near the sea, of pine forests and protected areas. The name that this stretch of coastline takes is not accidental. In the area, once inhabited by the Etruscans, numerous archaeological sites have been brought to light. Go visit the necropolis of Baratti, near the village of Populonia or the museums of Piombino, Rosignano and Cecina.
  • Riviera Apuana: The area is dominated by architecture in liberty and deco style, witnesses of a tradition of seaside tourism that dates back more than a century. The coast offers a rich choice of hotels, campsites and equipped establishments.
  • Tuscan archipelago: The Tuscan Archipelago, just a few kilometers from the Tyrrhenian coasts, is not only a group of islands ideal for relaxing family holidays or in contact with nature (Elba, the largest, is also the best known, but the others are equally beautiful, from the Island of Giglio to Capraia), but it is also the largest Marine Protected Park in Europe, also included among the International Sanctuaries of marine mammals.
Map- where is tuscany

Tuscany landscape:

  • Chianti: The enchanting and solitary beauty of Chianti derives from a long history of human work, which over the centuries has shaped this land making it what it is today. Famous above all for the wine that is produced here, this area of Tuscany offers unique landscapes. If you come to Chianti you must stay in one of the many farmhouses scattered in the countryside. You will be able to breathe deeply the air of these places and savor the genuine flavors.
  • National park of the Casentino forests: from the Valdarno, continuing along the path towards the sources of the river, an immense protected area, which Tuscany divides with Emilia Romagna, preserves the nature of landscapes dominated by the fresh scent of the woods. This is the National Park of the Casentino Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna. Coming here means getting in touch with one of the most ancient forests in Europe. In these magical places, where the different shades of green are colored in autumn with a thousand colors, they inspire spirituality and have been chosen by ascetics and characters of faith to found hermitages and convents.
  • The Lunigiana: historical region that, during the Roman domination, had as its center Luni, the Lunigiana extends along the course of the Magra river and its tributaries. Here are preserved ancient stone idols depicting warriors and prosperous women. A land of ancient history, Lunigiana is also appreciated for its quality products, including numerous DOC wines and Lunigiana PDO Chestnut Flour.
  • The Apuan Alps: The mountains of the Apuan Alps rise up, protected by the establishment of a regional park. It is precisely here that the evocative landscape of the gentle mountain slopes appears, from which the marble emerges very white. Used today mainly in the industrial field, it brings to mind the sinuosity of ancient statues and the splendor of historic buildings.
Tuscany Landscapes

Tuscany: Food and Wine

Italy is the home of good food, there is no doubt about it, and Tuscany certainly lives up to its reputation also with regard to food and wine. But even if the dish is universally known, the Florentine steak is a treat not to be missed, the real Tuscan cuisine is to be found far from the elegant restaurants of the center, in the trattorias, in the taverns and in the countryside, where an incredible variety is discovered.

Each city has its typical dishes, each country its own specialty; among the most famous dishes we can list the cacciucco alla livornese (fish soup served with crunchy bread), the cantucci (almond biscuits), the lampredotto (offal from the bovine digestive system).

Among the most famous wines are Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and of course Chianti.

A trip to Tuscany should be done with curiosity … and appetite! We’ll think about returning to the diet!

Tuscany monuments

The Tuscan monuments are among the most famous in Italy, we have talked about most of the points of interest in describing the most important cities of Tuscany, so we will limit ourselves to mentioning only the most iconic attractions.

As regards Florence we point out the Ponte Vecchio, the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, as well as the Duomo (santa maria del fiore), Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, San Miniato, Brunelleschi’s Dome and Giotto’s Bell Tower (for religious monuments).

In Pisa it is impossible not to visit the famous Leaning Tower and in Siena the square in the Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall of the city.

Museums

Tuscany is rich in museums. In Florence the Uffizi gallery is famous for being one of the most beautiful in the world. The collections that it houses are priceless! In Siena, the Civic Museum houses the greatest masterpieces of Sienese art and the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana contains the Gothic elements that adorned the cathedral. In Pisa, finally, the National Museum of San Matteo presents works by the great Italian masters such as Fra Angelico, Donatello or Masaccio.

Tuscany Region: the weather

The climate of Tuscany varies depending on which area you decide to visit, therefore a different type of holiday is recommended for each season.

Tuscany in summer

During the summer season, temperatures in Tuscany reach over thirty degrees. In Tuscany this is the season with the highest number of visitors. If you plan to visit this region during the months of July and August, be prepared for the possibility of very high temperatures.

If, on the other hand, you choose seaside resorts, all you have to do is dive into the blue waters to find immediate refreshment.

Summer also means concerts and great events not to be missed: the Palio of Siena, the Giostra del Saracino, Lucca Summer Festival, Pistoia Blues, the Luminara in Pisa, Effetto Venezia in Livorno and much more!

Tuscany in autumn

Tuscany and autumn colors are a perfect combination for those who want to visit the hilly areas and the wine roads enjoying a mild climate. In October the days are still long and allow you to enjoy the city in short moments of tourist peace.

October is also an interesting month for visiting Lucca Comics: one of the most important and entertaining events in all of Tuscany or for relaxing stays at the Tuscan spa.

Tuscany in winter

Winter in Tuscany is cold and sometimes snowy. In general, the coldest months with the possibility of snowfall (rare events in the lowlands and on the coast) are January and February. Visiting this region in the period near Christmas, for example, allows you to get in touch with the tradition of every single village. The medieval villages take on a more severe and at the same time more fascinating and mysterious air.

In this period the famous Carnival of Viareggio takes place.

Tuscany in Spring

Spring in Tuscany is a time of absolute rebirth during which temperatures and the sun will warm you gently, leaving you to enjoy the first rays and the beginning of a new phase.

April and May are the moments of greatest splendor for cities and natural areas scattered throughout the territory. Don’t underestimate the excursions in the Natural Parks and in the trekking routes to the Island of Elba, where you will find a surprising flora.

How to get there from Rome

There are 8 ways to get from Rome to Florence by train, bus, night train, ride sharing, car or plane:

Train:

The train (from Roma Termini to Firenze Santa Maria Novella) is the most recommended option, journey times are around an hour and a half and prices are affordable,

Bus:

Buses take more than 3 hours to get to Florence, low prices are the only factor that justifies this choice.

Night train:

The night train has the same departure and arrival points as the day train, as well as the same travel times and prices.

Ride sharing:

The ride-sharing is the cheapest option (price estimated between 10 € -24 €) but it is also the slowest option (more than 3 hours) of travel with the bus one.

Car:

Going independently with your own car takes about 2 and a half hours, the price of the journey obviously depends on the type of car.

Plane:

Air travel is the most expensive and least recommended option, the cost is very high both in terms of time and money

Distance from Venice

Florence is about 271 km from Venice:

Car

The car journey takes about 3 hours.

Train

The train journey from Venice to Florence takes about 2 hours and the average price of the train ticket is € 23. However, by booking in advance, you will find advantageous rates and save on average 42% on the ticket price, with prices starting from € 18.

Bus

The average price of a ticket for Venice Florence by bus is € 21. Thanks to the presence of low cost fares, there are also cheap buses starting at € 17. A bus trip in Italy can be the ideal solution if you want to opt for a convenient trip.

Plane

The average price for a Venice Florence flight is 286 €, but you can also find low cost flights starting from 286 €. To get from Venice to Florence by plane it takes about 3 hours on average; however it is also necessary to calculate the times to arrive at the airport and to carry out all the security checks.

Distance from Milan

Florence is about 305 km from Milan:

Car

the journey from Milan to Florence by car takes about 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Train

The train journey from Milan to Florence takes about 2 hours on average and the average train ticket price is € 26.

Bus

17 buses that connect Milan to Florence every day and arrive in the city with a journey lasting an average of about 4 hours. The average price of a ticket for Milan Florence by bus is € 19.

Plane

The average price of a Milan Florence flight is 724 €, but you can find low cost flights as well, with prices starting from 270 €. To get from Milan to Florence by plane it takes about 3 hours on average; however it is also necessary to calculate the times to arrive at the airport and to carry out all the security checks.

Accomodation for an incredible experience: Volognano

What differentiates Volognano from normal accommodation? Volognano is a medieval village surrounded by the green hills of Chianti, by vineyards, olive groves and breathtaking views.

Volognano offers you the chance to breathe this atmosphere by staying in an exclusive and luxurious medieval castle including all comforts.

What are you waiting for? Contact us now for more information!

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The top 10 monuments to visit

Tuscany is famous worldwide for its stunning monuments, sign of the highest Italian art. Follow us on this journey among the best 10 monuments in Tuscany.

 

1. Florence Dome, Florence

Let’s start whit Florence and its wonderful Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Duomo di Firenze.

Its construction began in 1296 and saw their conclusion only in 1436 with the realization of the famed Brunelleschi Dome.From the outside the Cathedral impresses for its huge dimension, whit the eye-catcher Carrara marble that covers it and makes it sparkle under the sun of summer.
Inside you can immediately notice the two aisles, along wich there are paintings of famous personality of the time above, such as Dante, Giotto and Brunelleschi.
Great pillars and vaults support and raise it in its height, making the Florence Dome the fourth largest cathedral in Europe. From the side staircases you can access the dome and from here enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, unmissable.

Santa Maria del Fiore isn’t a simple church, the art and the works of the most important Itanian Renaissance artists make it a place of priceless beauty.

2. Palazzo della Signoria, Florence

Staying in Florence, we find Palazzo della Signoria, better known as Palazzo Vecchio. Outside looks like a medieval fortress, inside paintings and decoration bring us back to Renaissment.

In Palazzo Vecchio private rooms and apartments are transformed in a museum that shows us the art of the time above. The most impressing room by size and beauty is certainly Salone dei Cinquecento, the hall where the Government received distinguished guests in fifteenth century. Decorated by huge paintings and great statues, Salone dei Cinquecento hosts the greatest artists of Florence like Michelangelo, Leonardo and Brunelleschi.

Further this wonderful hall we can find a large number of rooms and private apartments of the Medici, libraries and bedrooms that hide treasures of art.

Bonus: inside Palazzo Vecchio you can walk on secret passages built by the Medici as shortcuts to access to privates room.

 

3. Uffizi Gallery, FlorenceBest monuments in Florence

In the historic center of Florence there is one of the most important museums in Italy, the Uffizi Gallery, where are located the most iconic and important works of the Italian Renaissment.

Built by the House of Medici as an office of the magistrates (uffizi means offices), the Uffizi hosts inside masterpices like the Birth of Venus and Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, Annunciation by Leonardo, Medusa by Caravaggio and many other works by artists like Michelangelo and Giotto.

Uffizi is the spirit of the Renaissment and contains the peak of its expression in the works and in the architectures of the many buildings that forms the gallery; visiting a so important place of art is a unique experience.

 

4. Boboli Gardens, Florence

Florence isn’t only enormous Cathedrals and museums of rare beauty, we can also find there a garden with sculptures and historic architectures surrounded by trees and flowers, we are in Boboli gardens.

Built by the House of Medici, Boboli garden is a journey in different periods of art, with 18th and 16th century sculptures and pieces of roman period brought to enrich the beauty of this place. Now we can admire the garden fully enjoying of its spaces, during the Renaissment the access was exclusive to Medici’s family.

A large number of fountains with statues of classical taste and the Boboli amphitheatre makes this garden the perfect place to take a walk among what was once the secret and exclusive beauty of Florence.

 

5. Siena Cathedral, Siena

Tuscany is not only Florence and you can visit many other wonderful cities of art able to make those who visit them fall in love, one of these is certainly Siena with its Cathedral, located in the beautiful Piazza del Campo.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the main church in Siena, one of the most important in the Gothic-Roman style in Italy.

Its imposing architecture, its tower from which to admire the city and the many statues and paintings inside make Siena one of the most beautiful places of art in Tuscany. One of the greatest works in the Cathedra is the floor itself, that with its fantastic shades of various marbles hosts representations of various themes, such as city emblems and religious histories. This floor made the cathedral famous during its construction for its beauty and richness of elements. Moreover marble statues by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini make this place unique.

Visiting a place so rich in art is an experience that you cannot miss in your trip to Tuscany.

 

6. Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

We stay in Siena after visiting its splendid cathedral and find the Palazzo Pubblico, seat of the Republic of Siena’s government in the 13th century.

Its external structure of the building is in medieval style with gothic influences visible for example in the shape of the windows. Its bell tower, Torre del Mangia, gives a wonderful view of the city and was designed to be taller than the main tower in Florence, in fact there was rivalry between the two cities at that time. Inside Palazzo Pubblico we find rooms and halls decorated by large frescos that surround the ambient.

Palazzo Pubblico is the perfect place to finish your trip to Siena, or, if you want, you can stay longer visiting other interesting monuments such as Fonte Gaia and Libreria Piccolomini.

 

7. Leaning tower, Pisabest monuments in Tuscany - Pisa

Perhaps one of the most iconic monuments known abroad, the Tower of Pisa is famous for its lean of four degrees developed in reason of the unstable foundation where is located. Now the tower is stable and safe, despite maintaining its characteristic inclination.

This building is the bell tower of the near Cathedral of Pisa, with a height of 183.27 feet on the low side and 185.93 feet on the high side. Everyday thousands of tourists came to Pisa to visit this magnificent tower and its curious slope.

The works for this worldwide famous monument begun in 1173, and yet in 1178 the subsoil starts to cede making sink it from a side. So the fame of this tower is ancient and well known over the centuries to the present day.

 

8. Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery, Pisa

Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa is a phenomenal concentration of places of historical and artistic interest, here in fact you can find the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Tower of Pisa.

The Cathedral, built in 1097, is a significant example of Roman architecture with its exterior facade in marble of white, black and grey tonalities. In the interior great columns
support the church, which houses works of art and statues of great importance. One of the most notable pieces in it is certainly the marble pulpit carved by Giovanni Pisano.

 

Near the Cathedral is located another building, the Baptistery of St. John. Built in roman style whit massive gothic influences, the baptistery in the external is covered with the classic white marble used for many other religious buildings in Tuscany. Inside solid columns stand in circle and we can find a pulpit similar to the one in the Cathedral, but this time carved by Nicola Pisano, father of Giovanni.

Piazza dei Miracoli and its buildings are symbols of Tuscany and Italy all over the world, unforgettable.

 

9. San Gimignano

Near Siena and Florence but far from the crowd, San Gimignano is a small medieval town, known for its characteristic architecture and the towers built in it.
The town of San Gimignano stands on a hill and, surrounded by walls and towers, is able to take you back in time.

If you want a charming and eye-catching view of Tuscan countryside San Gimignano is the right place. With its 14 towers it is possible to enjoy a privileged observation point of the flourishing Italian countryside.

For a day trip to discover a hidden corner of Tuscany, San Gimignano cannot leave you disappointed.

 

10. Guinigi Tower, Lucca

Lucca is a very characteristic place, known for its historical center and the buildings that are conserved here. One of this buildings is truly unique, we are talking about the Guinigi Tower. Built in 1300 this tower seems regular to a first view, but watching closer to its top we can notice a hanging garden on its roof.

Sitting down and relaxing under the shade of its ancient holms, enjoying the view from the high of the tower make this an unconventional but precious destination to put on your map.

 

The top 5 experiences to live in Tuscany

A holiday in Tuscany is an experience to be lived to the full, letting yourself be involved in this fascinating land.

What to do on this fantastic journey in Tuscany? Here is our list of the 5 best experiences to live in Tuscany.

1. Wine tours in Tuscany

Tuscany is famous all over the world for its exceptional wines, including Chianti.

And Chianti is more over a wine, it’s a region that gives you the opportunity to discover wineries and vineyards, to give a taste of Tuscany with its famed wines. You can find many guided wine tours that will allow you to travel among the best wineries and taste the best wines of the region.

wine tours in tuscany

 

2. Day trip to the countryside

During your holiday you can leave the city and take a short day trip to explore new spots in Tuscany. Get away from the crowd of tourists and reach quiet and suggestive places, is a great way to enrich your holiday. A big city like Florence is an excellent base from which to start and in a couple of hours reach new destinations with trains or buses. Among these we definitely recommend Lucca and San Gimignano, or a tour in the region of Chianti.

 

3. Vintage Vespa tours in Florence

What a better way to discover Florence and its countryside than with a Vespa, the scooter symbol of Italian style?
Guided Vespa tours will take you through the hills near Florence, stopping to take photos of the most scenographic views and often heading towards a typical trattoria where you can taste the flavors of Tuscany.

 

4. Morning walk in Florence historic center

The morning is perfect to take a walk in Florence, when the streets are not too crowded and the temperature is pleasant even in the summer months.

Take a good coffee in the bars of the center and then walk around Piazza della Signoria, one of the most important squares in Florence, in front of Palazzo Vecchio. Here you will find a copy of the famous David by Michelangelo (you can see the original one in the Museum Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence). The streets of the historic centre, rich in art and interesting views, and Ponte Vecchio with the sight on the Arno river are just some of the places where take a walk and enjoy Florence.

5. Discover the food

Tuscany is famous for its food, and in your journey you can’t miss to taste some of the most typical and characteristic recipes. From the street food of a lampredotto sandwich to a warm and creamy Tuscan soup you will be spoiled for choice between classic trattorias, modern restaurants and faster but no less original alternatives.

 

Where is Tuscany (Map)

Tuscany is one of the 20 regions of Italy, in the north-central area of the state. Neighboring regions are: Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Umbria and Lazio. On the west the region is limited by the Tyrrhenian sea forming a beautiful coast.Map- where is tuscany

Tuscany is not far from Milan and Rome and you can reach Florence and the other major cities with a few hours of train.

 

 

How to get in Tuscany

You can easily reach Tuscany by plane, indeed there are two international airports: Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence and Galileo Galilei international Airport in Pisa.

Both airports have flights from and to the most important cities in Europe. Pisa has more flights from Europe, so it’s perfect as arrival for a tour of many cities in Tuscany. Florence is more practical if you are going to plan you journey only in this city.

Reaching Tuscany from North America you have two main options:

  • Fly to Rome or Milan and then arrive in Tuscany with trains.
  • Fly to another European city as a stopover and reach Pisa or Florence with another flight.

 

If your journey includes other Italian cities, like Rome or Milan, you can easily reach the most important cities in Tuscany by train in a few hours.

From Rome:

  • Florence; 1 h 20 min
  • Pisa; 2h 30min
  • Siena; 3h 20min

 

From Milan:

  • Florence; 1 h 50 min
  • Siena; 3h 15min
  • Pisa; 3h 20min

 

Tuscany Italy weather: when to get there

Tuscany is vast, and the climate often depends on the area where we are; weather changes from coast to cities and hills.

The best time of the year to get in Tuscany depends on your plans; if you plan to visit the main cities of art and walk all day chose May, June or September, the temperature is generally mild and you will not suffer the heat.

Summer months like July and August are really hot in Italy, this heat is perfect if you plan to go to some beach or explore the coast. In Tuscany there are beautiful seasides like Forte dei Marmi, Argentario, Isola d’Elba and many others.

 

The best accomodation: Volognano

Volognano Castle

We are in one of the most magical places in the world, and this experience should be enjoyed to the best. This is why it is important to have the best accommodation you can find for your journey in Tuscany. Volognano Castle is just 16 km from the historic center of Florence, a wonderful start for exploring the city in all its beauty.
Nestled in the Chianti hills the Castle is far from the mass of tourists in the city, so at the end of the day you can peacefully relax by the pool with a good glass of wine. About wine in Volognano you will find a beautiful vineyard and a winery where you can taste the quality and the goodness of a wine born from a heritage of love for Tuscany and its products. Volognano Castle is an experience about live and taste your journey in Tuscany, near the city and far from the crowd you will discover your new place in the heart.

 

 

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The list of the top hotels in Tuscany region

The definitive list of wonderful villas to rent in Tuscany

Tuscany the Map (Top Cities)

Tuscany in Italy (Map of Tuscany and of Italy)

 

Ferrari Experience at Volognano

Luxury, power, elegance, are the 3 main characteristics and sensations you will experience at Volognano by driving the latest designed Ferrari cars.

Do you want to make one of your biggest dreams come true and be part of an exclusive world and Italian lifestyle?

Volognano together with Driving the Dream had designed a number of private tours for those willing to drive the luxury Ferrari experience through the amazing roads of the Tuscan landscapes.

Wine and Art

You would drive through the Tuscan vineyards of the Chianti territory and will arrive at one of the most particular wineries in Tuscany, Castello di Ama, where you will experience the perfect match between wine and contemporary art. You will also drive up to the Antica Macelleria Cecchini at Lunch in Panzano in Chianti to have a unique bistecca experience.

Wine and Fashion 

 

You would drive through the Tuscan vineyards of the Chianti territory until arriving at one of the most iconic wineries related to Italian fashion, Il Borro di Ferragamo, where you will have an amazing tour through the cellar and an exquisite lunch at Ferragamo´s restaurant.

Wine and Sustainability – Valdorcia endless views 

 

You would drive up to Pienza, the pleasant City of Pius, located in Val D’Orcia where you will have the opportunity to taste the local products of the city. You will drive later through the amazing views of Montepulciano and will arrive in Salchetothe only sustainable winery in the region. The experience of the wine tour and tasting here is simply amazing.

Vip Luxury Experience in Siena 

 

Driving through the curve hills of Tuscany until you arrive at Siena, one of the most emblematic cities in Tuscany. You will experience this medieval city in a luxury way by having a lunch/dinner in the highest private terrace overlooking Piazza del Campo, the main piazza in Siena.

You can choose between 3 different Ferrari models:

The first one is the Ferrari 488 Spider, presented in 2015 with a rear-central V8 engine. The second is The Ferrari Portofino, which takes its name from the exclusive Ligurian city in Italy and the third Ferrari option that Volognano provides you is the Ferrari California Turbo designed to be the evolution of the 2008 Ferrari California.

 

If you are interesting on driving the experience, please contact us at info@volognano.com.

 

 

TUNA TARTARE WITH GUACAMOLE

March is the spring month, mainly because yes, spring arrives, and all the fresh and colorful dishes comes out to be tasted. For that reason, we want to share with you a very fresh delicious dish for this season.

Country: MEXICO

Prep time: 10 min, 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

For the Tuna:
1. 350 g sushi grade tuna
2. 1 ¾ teaspoons of soy sauce
3. ¾ tablespoon of toasted black sesame seeds
4. 1 scallion, thinly sliced

For the Guacamole:
1. 2 avocados- peeled and mashed
2. 1/2 small onion, finely diced.
3. 2 tomatoes, diced.
4. 3 tbsp, fresh cilantro, chopped.
5. 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely diced.
6. 1 lime, juiced.
7. 1/2 tsp salt.

 

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a bowl, mash together the avocados, onion, tomatoes, lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix all and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. Cut the tuna into small cubes. Add the soy sauce, black sesame seeds, and scallions. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
3. Place a ring mold on a plate and fill it with guacamole. Then add on the top a big spoon of tuna tartare.
4. Remove the ring mold and sprinkle a few sesame seeds on top. You can top it too with a cilantro leaf for an additional aesthetic effect.

PAIRING 

This recipe matches perfectly with a chardonnay white wine like Volognano´s PER TE wine. The combination of the tuna and the creamy taste of the avocado, balance with the dryness of the wine.

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PAELLA

For these Easter Holidays, we will share with you a very characteristic Spanish recipe, full of sea products. Paella is the typical rice dish originated in Valencia, usually recommended to be cooked on a big pan. An open fire fueled by orange and pine branches would produce an aromatic smoke on it. Try it with our Baccante red wine.

Country: SPAIN

Prep time: 20 min    

8 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil and dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed and crumbled
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper. Stir in chicken pieces to coat. Cover, and refrigerate.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Cook, stirring, to coat rice with oil, about 3 minutes. Stir in saffron threads, parsley, chicken stock, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Stir in marinated chicken and onion; cook 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and sausage; cook 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp; cook, turning the shrimp, until both sides are pink.
  4. Spread rice mixture onto a serving tray. Top with meat and seafood mixture.

PAIRING

We recommend you to taste this recipe with Volognano´s Baccante red wine. The blend of Sangiovese and Merlot with the spicy notes of this wine will perfectly match the saffron taste of the paella.

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Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Quinoa

Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Quinoa

Salmon, honey mustard, mango and quinoa. Healthy food for a healthy recipe in order to face the new year’s wellness challenges. With a lovely glass of Volognano’s white wine, obiouvsly

January is not just the first month of the year but also the specific month after holidays when everyone starts their New Year´s Eve resolutions. Which were your resolutions for this year? Ours of course diet and exercise among others, but for that reason and in order to motivate ourselves to accomplish them during the whole year, here we share with you a healthy good recipe option to make.

Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango QuinoaIngredients.
• 2 fresh skinless salmon fillet (230 g)
• 2 teaspoons honey
• 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
• 1 large clove garlic, minced
• ⅔ cup cooked quinoa
• ½ cup chopped fresh mango
• 1 to 2 tablespoons seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeño chile.
• 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted
• 1 teaspoon olive oil (Volognano´s extra virgin olive oil)
• Salt & black pepper

Instructions.
1. In a small bowl, stir together honey, mustard and garlic. Brush both sides of salmon with honey mixture.
2. For a gas or charcoal grill, place salmon on grill rack directly over medium heat. Cover and grill for 4 to 6 minutes. You can also cook it on a pan.
3. In a medium bowl, stir together quinoa, mango, jalapeño pepper, toasted almonds, olive oil, salt and black pepper for the quinoa salad.
4. Served the grilled/cooked salmon together with the quinoa mixture salad.
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Pairing.
This recipe matches perfectly with Volognano´s white wine “Donna Patrizia”. The fruity citric and smooth taste will balance the honey – mustard salmon and quinoa salad.

Although we know they exist thousands of amazing good healthy recipes to make, we liked to share with you this one, for you to know that being healthy could be very easy and preparing some dishes is not always as hard as we think.

For us, healthiness is a lifestyle and eating well is a habit. Food can have a positive impact on us, not only in our bodies but also in our state of mind, for this reason we aim you to adopt for this year a lifestyle full of healthy dishes and healthy habits which will bring to you a lot of benefits. We hope you the best for this year 2019!

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zuppa di cavolo nero

Winter stay at Volognano

When we talk about Florence and its surroundings we usually think of spring or summer walks and do some shopping in the Tuscan capital, visits to museums or a day lunch in the Chianti countryside. All true, and all beautiful, but there are also a huge number of other activities and places that this territory has to offer during the cold season.

If you have in mind a weekend off during this winter, trying to get away from the daily activities and have the opportunity to refresh yourself with hot food, meditate with a good glass of red wine and – why not – give yourself some luxury and relaxation, a stay at Volognano is the perfect choice.

Private dinners. Once arrived and welcomed in our castle on Friday evening, you will have the option to enjoy a dinner, Italian style prepared by our personal chef. From traditional Tuscan dishes up to vegetarian options such as the black cabbage soup, cooked with dried beans, celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, tomato paste and of course extra virgin olive oil made in Volognano, the taste experience will be simply amazing.

zuppa di cavolo nero

The wine. Among the wines produced in Volognano the NOI – Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG with its ruby red, its intensity and soft and balanced persistence is what we suggest you to combine with this type of recipe. Served around 18 degrees, it is also ideal to rest for a long talk after dinner.

Activities. After a good rest in Volognano´s suites and rooms, Saturday can be a good day for a nice excursion. About 30 minutes’ drive from Volognano you can find the Abbey of Vallombrosa, at the same time a hermitage and a monastery that embellishes one of the most beautiful and representative woodland areas of Tuscany. In its Latin cross plan you can appreciate its Baroque references and live a moment of spirituality, immersed in the silence of the surrounding.
Abbazia di VallombrosaOn your way back to Volognano the idea of stopping for a meal or snack at the Bottega di Rosano is certainly to be considered. Among the many regional specialties that you will find, the harsh climate allows you to dare a delicious Tuscan sopressata.

Shopping. An afternoon of shopping is always a good idea. Our suggestion is to spend some time at the Sartoria Rossi boutique in Florence to choose the clothes and accessories you prefer, or opt for a tailor-made dress characterized by a style that encompasses the exclusiveness of the long tradition of Italian high fashion. It is definitely s triumph of refinement and comfort.

Sartoria Rossi FirenzeThe food. For a Saturday night dinner we recommend the Tripperia Osteria Il Magazzino by Luca Cai, in Piazza della Passera, Friday’s vegetarian option will be a distant memory. Together with the many typical Tuscan dishes you can choose from the menu reserves a treasure that in recent years has been rediscovered and repeated overwhelmingly by Italian cuisine, also revisited: the lampredotto, a strong and decisive flavor, excellent for the winter, to which – in case you want to opt for a softer solution – you may prefer the excellent Florentine tripe, also amazingly cooked.
Sunday is the day of greetings. Before leaving to go back to your daily life, however, in Volognano, after a short walk in the bitter cold of the surrounding countryside, a rich Sunday lunch at the Castle awaits you, with a dessert accompanied by a sip of Aetius, our sweet Tuscan wine excellent to taste with blue cheeses. But we will talk about this better on other occasions…


Your winter stay in Volognano

Period of the year: Week-end in winter (request our availability)
Recipe not to be missed: Black cabbage soup cooked by the personal chef of Volognano
Wine pairing: Noi – Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG
Recommended local product: Tuscan Bottega a Rosano Soprassata
Shops in and around Florence: Sartoria Rossi, via Porta Rossa, 33 / red, 50123 Florence.
Landscapes and itineraries in the Volognano area: A naturalistic itinerary among the 14 available in the area of the Hermitage of Vallombrosa
Food & Restaurants: Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino by Luca Cai