This magical region in central Italy is a feast for the senses, in every way. Gentle rolling hills lie blanketed with dewy morning mist and afternoon sunshine, while olive groves and bright green vineyards are carved out in neat, terraced rows. Dotted amid the greenery you will find medieval hilltop villages, harbouring ancient buildings, tall towers, and alluring alleyways, like the beautifully mysterious Monteriggioni or San Gimignano, which maintain a strong connection with their medieval past. Beyond the villages and towns, you will find cultural cities like Florence and Siena, both bursting with museums, art, and architecture, and must-see sights like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Campo. Along the Tuscan Archipelago lie amazing islands and coastline, including Elba Island with clear waters and sandy beaches. However no trip to Tuscany would be complete without ample to eat and drink, with simple dishes of authentic Tuscan flavours, and regional wines ranked among the best in the world.
Tuscany’s glorious capital, Florence, draws visitors from around the world, who delight in all of the artistic masterpieces and architectural wonders that evoke all the splendour of the Renaissance. Central to the city’s attractions is the Piazza del Duomo, the beating heart of Florence’s historic skyline, with its marble façade and terracotta dome. Around almost every corner of the city lie fresco-decorated churches, candle-lit chapels, and art museums brimming with paintings and sculptures by the likes of Botticcelli and Michelangelo. Iconic fashion brands, like Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, opened their first shops here in the 1920s, and now sit alongside specialist boutiques and local artisans. When all of the sightseeing and shopping gets too much, a plethora of quaint eateries, cafes, and stylish restaurants are waiting to serve some of Tuscany’s finest cuisine; ensuring that your dining experiences in Florence are both timeless and memorable.
Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence
It’s hard not to be moved by the mesmerising views of the sunlit Tuscan countryside as you look out from the grounds of Villa San Michele. Below you Florence shimmers, with the Duomo emerging from the terracotta rooftops like Ve [...]View Hotel