Florence is a city that combines some of the best parts of arts and culture, with stunning sights and delicious cuisine. Situated in the heart of Tuscany, you would be remiss to skip out on discovering some of the gastronomy the region has to offer – from the wine to the gelato, and everything in between. |
With so many things to do in Tuscany, it can be tough to know where to start! Keep reading for a little inspiration.
Chianti Food and Wine Safari
On your list of things to do in Tuscany, sightseeing probably tops it. While visiting the historical cities are a given, don’t forget the picturesque vineyards that characterise the region.
Chianti Safari day trips explore the local produce of the region, travelling through stunning vineyards and stopping off in elegant wine estates. These tours pair groups with an expert local guide, promising an educational experience in the process of making the traditional Tuscan delicacies.
Making your way through quaint Italian towns, a Chianti Safari trip allows you to tour stunning villas and their grand Mediterranean gardens in authentically Italian locations. This particular tour offers the opportunity to dine in a traditional restaurant at local wineries and taste the delectable food and wine on offer.
One of the highlights on this trip is touring the cellars and underground tunnels, where visitors can meet the very people who make the wine and hear about some of the history.
For a parting gift, and a souvenir that you can actually use for years to come, book a cooking class where you can learn to make pizza and gelato like the locals do! These classes take place in beautiful Tuscan settings on the outskirts of Florence with teachers skilled in the trade. These classes promise to share secrets, tips and tricks so you can recreate the delicious staples of Italian cuisine when you return home.
Tuscany in One Day
For those on a time-crunch, but still with an eagerness to discover all the unique experiences that Tuscany has to offer, consider a one-day tour that takes you across the region where you can try more local produce while visiting other sights. First and foremost, this 12-hour tour stops by Siena where you can explore the ancient town, the Piazza del Campo, the Torre de Mangia, and the stunning Duomo.
The tour stops for lunch in a family vineyard, promising fresh meats, cheeses, pasta, and many other homemade dishes – all to be topped off with wine. Then, the following stop takes you to San Gimignano, which makes for the perfect place for a spot of dessert. How about some of the local gelato? Later, the tour ends in Pisa where you can catch the world-famous leaning tower.
With endless things to do in Tuscany, one-day organised tours are perhaps the most convenient and entertaining means of ticking off all the important spots and activities, and in a short space of time. There’s no reason to miss out on an authentic Tuscan experience when there are so many tours on offer!
Author Plate Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering a number of exciting opportunities when it comes to things to do in Florence. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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