Top Hotels in Tuscany Italy

The list of the top 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. Top Hotels in Florence, Tuscany
  2. Top Hotels in Pisa, Tuscany
  3. Top Hotels in Siena, Tuscany
  4. Top hotels in Livorno, Tuscany
  5. Top hotels in Grosseto, Tuscany
  6. Top hotels in Arezzo, Tuscany
  7. Top hotels in Lucca, Tuscany
  8. Top hotels in Massa Carrara, Tuscany
  9. Top hotels in Pistoia, Tuscany


Top 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


  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


  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


  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


  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


Top 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


  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


  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


Top 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


  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


  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


  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


  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


Top 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


  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


  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


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Top 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


  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


Top 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


  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


  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


Top 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


  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


  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


Top Hotels in Massa Carrara, Tuscany

top hotels in 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


  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


  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


Top 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


  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


  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














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:


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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.
Tuscany, Italy map

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.


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:


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,


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.


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.


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:


The car journey takes about 3 hours.


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.


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.


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:


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


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


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.


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!

Best monuments in tuscany

The Top 15 Places to Go in Tuscany

Tuscany is the perfect destination for a wonderful holiday in Italy, famous for cities of art, wine and breathtaking views. But to fully enjoy this experience it is essential to organize your trip and find out which are the best places to see.


Contents of the post:

  1. The top 10 monuments to visit
  2. The top 5 experiences to live in Tuscany
  3. Where is Tuscany (Map)
  4. How to get in Tuscany
  5. Tuscany Italy weather: when to get there
  6. The best accomodation



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.



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




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


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.


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.


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.




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


  • 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


  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.


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.



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

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.
Volognano • Donna Patrizia
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!


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

Panettone Recipe

Homemade Panettone

One of the best difficult things in the gastronomic world is the match between food and wine. The purpose of this union is to get the perfect balance between flavors, providing the taster a remarkable experience.

For this reason, we want to share with you some recipes paired with Volognano’s wines, enhancing your culinarian skills and warm you up this season with some traditional Italian recipes.

Panettone RecipeWe selected one of the most famous Italian recipes for this winter: panettone. Look how to make one of it on the following steps:

• 4 eggs
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 tbsp dry yeast
• 1/2 cup milk
• 6 tbsp melted butter
• zest from 1 orange and from 1 lemon
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 1/2 cups flour
• 2/3 cup golden raisins
• 1/3 cup chopped candied orange peel
• 2 tsp orange flavored liqueur

Volognano • taste AetiusInstructions.
1. Pour milk in a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it. Stir and cover. Let it sit for 7-8 minutes.
2. Pour hot water over the raisins. Let them soak for 15 minutes.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together 3 eggs, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, orange liqueur, lemon zest and orange zest. Add the milk yeast mixture, the flour and salt. Mix for 4- 5 minutes, then add the melted butter and mix until combined. Add the raisins and candied orange peel. Mix to combine.
4. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Set aside.
5. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and shape into a ball. Place in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 – 1 and 1/2 hours, until it doubles its size.
6. Spray a 7-8 onch panettone mold with cooking spray.
7. After the dough has risen, dump it onto a floured surface and shape into a ball. Transfer to the mold. Cut a cross on top and brush with some melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for one more hour, until it doubles (almost triples) its size.
8. Preheat oven to 175° C. Place the panettone mold on a baking sheet. Brush with egg wash (egg + 1 tbsp water) and bake for 40 -45 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is golden brown. In the process of baking, if the panettone starts to brown too quickly, you can cover it with foil, to prevent burning.
9. Transfer to a wire rack and let it cool completely. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

Pairing. This recipe matches perfectly with Volognano´s sweet Tuscan wine Aetius. The sweet taste of the panettone with the sweet notes of fig and prune of Aetius, create the perfect balance for the end of the meal.

Volognano NOI DOCG

What does DOCG mean?

Italian wine, is worldwide known not only for its amazing flavor and characteristics, but also for its certifications that guarantee quality and uniqueness

“Wine lovers” know that a Chianti DOCG label means “wine excellence”, and it stands for the Territory where the grape was grew, in this specific case, the growth mainly of Sangiovese grape in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy.
The geographical area of Chianti has a specific certification with a distinctive band around the neck of the bottle and the DOCG initials, which in Italian means “Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita”, or “Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin”, the highest certification for wine.


Consorzio Chianti Colli FiorentiniThe Chianti Consorzio, is one of the principal nonprofit organizations in Italy that is allow to grant the DOCG certification. The Consorzio of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini territory was founded in 1994 by a small number of winegrowers with 2 main purposes: to enhance quality and promote the denomination. Its symbol is the “Marzocco”, the rampant lion on the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

It follows very strict regulations and consider the entire wine production chain, focusing on different factors such as the percentage of the Sangiovese grape (at least 80%), specific measures of vineyard’s elevation, aging process, minimum alcohol level, chemical tests and more other requirements that a Chianti wine producer has to accomplish in order to obtain the certification.
This procedure, means a brand certification of quality not only for the consumer but also for the producer.


Volognano NOI DOCGVolognano is an important and strong supporter of the denomination of its territory and produces a DOCG Chianti Colli Fiorentini red wine named NOI, which in English means US. This wine was made in specific as a present to celebrate the wedding of Volognano’s owners’ daughter and it has a very important meaning for the family. It also refers to the team work of all the producers that belong geographically in the denomination. Working on team, adds value not only to the wine but also to the image of the territory and tradition.

NOI wine is a blend between 3 autochthonous varietals Italian grapes, typically from Tuscany territory, those are the Sangiovese (80%), Canaiolo (10%) and Colorino (10%). The wine is aged during 12 months in big barrels made of oak called BOTTI and its lightness and smoothness allows this wine to be perfectly paired with red meat or a homemade fresh pasta and tomato based sauces with meat like ragú sauce.
Do not miss its amazing flavor and taste it!