Tuscany or Heaven: Which Should You Choose?
There are so many gorgeous, drop-dead beautiful places in the world that have taken my breath away yet somehow, even in spite of the popularity of this place brought on by movies like Under the Tuscan Sun, Tuscany still reigns supreme in my mind as one of the most glorious gardens of earthly delights in existence.
Tuscany is located in central Italy and is known for its beautiful rolling hills and timeless tiny towns. It's the perfect destination for anyone looking to revel in life’s simple pleasures such as eating luscious food, drinking spectacular wine, taking in inspiring art, and looking out across magnificent vistas. The storied city of Florence sits in the upper half of Tuscany like a ruby among its small villages as tiny pearls.
One of the most iconic and picturesque towns in Tuscany is the walled city of San Gimignano. People instantly think of the city's iconic towers, which were built by wealthy families in the 14th and 15th centuries as a sign of their status and power. Today, these towers have been beautifully preserved and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Of course, no trip to Tuscany would be complete without indulging in the region's delicious cuisine and wines. From truffles and wild boar to locally grown olives and wine, Tuscany is a foodie paradise. The region is home to some of Italy's best wineries such as
Antinori: Located in the heart of Tuscany, Antinori is a family-owned winery with a long history dating back to 1385. The winery produces a wide range of wines, including Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Super Tuscan blends.
Tenuta San Guido: This winery is located in the Maremma region of Tuscany and is known for producing the famous Super Tuscan wine Sassicaia.
Fattoria dei Barbi: Located in the town of Montalcino, Fattoria dei Barbi is known for its Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino wines.
On the food front, Tuscan cuisine is characterized by simple, rustic dishes made with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Traditional Tuscan dishes include:
Ribollita, a hearty soup made with beans, vegetables, and stale bread, a staple of Tuscan cuisine.
Pappa al Pomodoro, a thick soup made with ripe tomatoes, bread, and olive oil, often served as a starter or side dish.
Castagnaccio, a traditional Tuscan cake made with chestnut flour.
Everything is so fresh and made with so much love and care. It might be because I’m Italian yet non-Italians also agree that Tuscan cuisine tastes like home–or an idealized home we all wish we had.
Tuscany is home to a prodigious array of fabulous inns, boutique hotels, and world-famous 5-star hotel properties. Belmond Castello di Casole located in the countryside near Siena, is housed in a beautiful castle and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, Il Pellicano is located on the coast near Grosseto and offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, and Castello del Nero is located in the Chianti region and offers luxurious accommodations, a spa, and memorable dining options.
If you're looking for a more relaxed and laid-back experience, consider staying in a villa in the countryside. Tuscany is home to many charming farmhouses and villas, which offer brilliant views of the surrounding landscape and a chance to experience the region's special slower way of life.
At Wild Nectar, we’re here to help you design an unforgettable custom trip to Tuscany that focuses on your specific interests and travel style. Are food and wine your focus? Do you like museums and art? What about active adventures? Our sample custom cycling itinerary, Super Tuscan: The Finest of the Region includes world class accommodations and can also be done by E-bike if this adds to your pleasure.
If you’re a solo traveler or prefer to travel in a group, let us help you locate a fantastic small group journey offered by one of our favorite operators. Contact us and we’ll get started on your Tuscan adventure today!