Tuscany is one of our most popular wine tour destinations, and it’s easy to see why. In fact it’s been attracting visitors since the ancient Etruscans came along and decided to stick around.
Since then, Tuscany has passed through the hands of several civilisations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Medici and the Bonapartes, each leaving their mark on this remarkable region.
Along the way it’s become an essential destination for everyone from Christians on medieval pilgrimages to aristocrats completing their European Grand tours. And, as you’re sure to do, each and every one has fallen in love with the local lifestyle, indulging in fine Tuscan wine and cuisine while gorging themselves on the region’s cultural, historical and natural delights.
Art for art’s sake
Throughout its rich history, the region of Tuscany has always attracted people with an eye for the artistic. And to indulge yours, you need look no further than Florence, home to some of the finest masterpieces known to man.
Here you can visit a seemingly endless array of churches, museums and galleries such as the Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti. These are crammed with works by artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Giotto and Brunelleschi to name but a few. And in between you’ll wander the streets agog at the incredible architecture and sculpture on show all around.
Elsewhere, the medieval city of Siena boasts countless beautiful urban vistas, surrounded by superb countryside on all sides. Not to mention the city’s great scallop-shaped Piazza del Campo, where you can climb the 399 steps of the imposing bell tower. Or just relax with a Chianti and watch the chic locals go by (we know which option we’d choose).
There’s also Pisa, home to the famous leaning tower, and several città di arte (cities of art) including Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca.
And, of course, the famous Tuscan countryside could easily be called a work of art in itself. From some of the region’s smaller towns like Pontremoli, Fosdinovo, Garfagnana, Barga and Pieve di Brancoli, you can explore fascinating historical sights and look out across rolling hills and vines as far as the eye can see.
Wine and cuisine in Tuscany
Surprisingly, Tuscan soil is actually fairly poor. Thankfully though, that doesn’t mean wine producers have just given up and packed off home. Rather, they’ve decided to concentrate on lower yields and higher quality. And oh, what results!
As well as the famed Chianti Clasico and Brunello de Montalcino, Tuscany also produces some lesser-known but no less enjoyable wines. Like Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Morellino di Scansano and Rosso di Montepulciano.
As for the cuisine, any self-respecting foodie will find themselves in hog’s heaven in Tuscany. The focus here is on simple cooking with excellent ingredients, whether it’s the local olive oil, cheeses like pecorino di pienza, or cold cuts such as salumi di cinta senese.
Throughout your trip you can indulge yourself in some of the finest bruschetta, antipasto and pasta known to man, all while soaking up the views and delights of this truly idyllic region.
Get in touch to plan your perfect Tuscany wine tasting trip
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We’ve got all sorts of ready-made tours available, including full service and self-drive tours. And we’ll be happy to create a tailor-made a trip just for you.