One of the most photogenic locations in Europe.Seek out the essence of rural Italy, in this bucolic region
With rolling hills, sleepy villages, picturesque coastline and fascinating towns and cities, luxury holidays in Tuscany are all about enjoying the slow-paced way of life. As well as lovely landscapes, the region’s capital, Florence, is famed for its Renaissance and medieval architecture. You can see all of this and more with one of our indulgent holidays, which offer everything from indulgent stays in 5 star hotels in Tuscany to hot air balloon rides, leisurely cycle rides and vineyard tours.
Tuscany is synonymous with gentle sloping hills, olive groves and vineyards. However, the region is also home to the imposing Apennine Mountains in the north, as well as idyllic islands and beautiful beaches in the south.
For those who like to stay active while on holiday, the region’s countryside is ideal for cycling and hiking. Alternatively, hire an Italian open-topped car to explore the diverse landscapes in style.
Tuscan cities are celebrated for their Renaissance architecture and association with great artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Florence is one of Italy’s most visited cities and contains the iconic Duomo - a cathedral with a red-tiled cupola. Another of the city’s most significant buildings is the Palazzo Vecchio, which was built between 1298 and 1314 and overlooks the Piazza della Signoria. Florence also has a selection of fascinating galleries and museums which house some of the world’s greatest works of art.
In Siena, Piazza del Campo is considered to be one of Europe’s most well-preserved medieval squares. Built on the site of a Roman marketplace, it’s a place where tourists and locals congregate to relax on the sun-kissed square. Meanwhile, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has made its home city world famous and is well worth a look. As well as the notorious tilting tower, Pisa has a variety of other landmarks including the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli, the cathedral and the Clock Palace.
Eating and drinking
Tuscany offers a variety of dining options, from fine dining restaurants to traditional, family-owned tavernas and trattorias.
The region produces an abundance of mouth-watering fresh food, including cheese, fish, salami and olive oil - all of which feature heavily on the menus.The cities also have their own specialities. In Florence, for example, popular dishes include tripe and offal, as well as T-bone steaks and pasta ribbons served with wild boar or hare sauce.
Siena is known for pica, which is pasta made without eggs.For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the chance to try panforte - a spicy cake made with nuts and candied fruits.
A region known for its vineyards, no trip to Tuscany is complete without trying some of the high quality wine, including the famous Chianti.
A relaxing escape
If you’re someone who enjoys the finer things in life, Tuscany is the ideal choice for your next trip. Whether you’re soaking up the culture, sampling world-class Italian cuisine or exploring the scenic countryside, you’re bound to make memories that will last for a lifetime. To find out more about our luxury hotels in Tuscany, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team of experts today.
where to stay
We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.
Relais La Corte Dei PapiFrom...It’s rare to find a luxury hotel that has always been owned by the same family, but the wonderful Relais La Corte Dei Papi, recently restored by mother and son Gabriella and David Papi, has been in the family for many generations. This continuity lends the property a special warmth and means that your hosts are especially adept at making their guests feel right at home.
Principe Forte dei Marmi, Tuscan RivieraFrom...
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, the modern and stylish Principe Forte dei Marmi, Tuscan Riviera, is a hidden gem. The sleek hotel hides a luxurious interior, where the best Italian designers have created a luminous oasis. With floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls, this is the place to immerse yourself in a haven of sophisticated beauty and let the adventures begin.
Hotel Il Pellicano, Argentario CoastFrom...A long-standing favourite among luxury-seeking jet-setters, the Hotel Il Pellicano, Argentario Coast, has an air of timeless glamour. The understated elegance of the hotel’s past is enhanced with some truly magical views, where the passionate staff have an eye for detail and offer a quality of service like no other.
Grand Hotel Principe Di PiemonteFrom...For a taste of 1920s elegance with all the comforts of the modern world, the Grand Hotel Principe Di Piemonte, Tuscan Riviera, delivers with style and panache. This small, luxury hotel has a refinement that is utterly charming, with impeccable service to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. The impressive façade is just the beginning, as you find yourself transported to a bygone era, where excellence comes as standard.
COMO Castello del NeroFrom...
A stay in a 12th century castle embodying the very essence of Tuscany is what awaits visitors to Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa. Located in the heart of the Chianti wine region, the hilltop position of the hotel boasts stunning panoramic views across the countryside.
Rosewood Castiglion del BoscoFrom...
In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia, located on a hillside near the traditional village of Montalcino, lies Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. This beautifully preserved, 800-year-old estate offers guests an authentic Tuscan experience in a stunning natural setting
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