Tuscany is the cradle of the Renaissance and of the Italian language. Just two of many reasons to be excited to discover the region that best represents the balance of strikingly different northern and southern Italy.
For sure this region is a must-visit place in Italy, not only for its famous UNESCO sites of the historic centers of Florence, Siena, Pisa, Pienza, and San Gimignano, but also for the pristine landscapes of Orcia, Chianti valleys, the Crete Senesi and many others.
Tuscany has had three major periods in its history, starting with the Etruscan civilization from the 8th BC, principally in the towns of Volterra, Cortona, Chiusi and Arezzo. Then the Romans took over and, in Tuscany, founded Siena, Lucca, Florence and Pisa that continued to grow in importance and size even after the demise of the Empire in 476 AC.
In the Middle Ages, particularly during the Renaissance, Tuscany and especially Florence reached the peak of their importance with the Medici, a powerful family of merchants and bankers that for three centuries ruled central Italy and attracted great artists through their patronage.
After the unification of Italy in 1861, Tuscany was included in the new Kingdom. In 1865, Florence became the capital of the new country until 1870 when Rome was finally conquered and incorporated into what was still a monarchy at that time. Only after World War II did Italians vote for a Republic, at which point the sitting king was exiled.
One of the best ways to discover the real Tuscany (and not only) is through a visit or a stay in an agriturismo, a family-run “farm stay” combining agriculture and tourism. Typically, agriturismi feature room and board in a farmhouse, which has been partially or totally transformed to provide accommodation and, in some cases, also meals.
On our three different itineraries you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy different activities such as walking, bicycling, shopping, relaxing, and meeting the inspiring local Italians, for an authentic full immersion in the local culture, history, art and traditions in this magic corner of Italy.
You will discover local wines, olive oil, and cheese through tastings and visits, and learn about local recipes during our meals and a hands-on cooking class. With your Tour Leaders you will explore the UNESCO sites of Siena, Pienza and the Orcia Valley. You will also visit the historic towns of Montalcino, the Chianti area and the lesser-known villages of Serre di Rapolano, Lucignano and San Giovanni d’Asso.
What are you waiting for? Ti aspettiamo! (We are waiting for you!) A presto! (See you soon!)