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.
The Sense Experience ResortFrom...The Sense Experience Resort is an exclusive resort which was opened at the end of July 2020, prime location directly on the ocean for the most sensational Beach Experience on the Bolgheri Coast in Tuscany; recommended in the 2023 Michelin Guide.
Monteverdi TuscanyFrom...Monteverdi is a secluded year round boutique retreat nestled in Val d’Orcia, one of the loveliest areas of Tuscany, which is not just pretty in the summer. In fact winter is the perfect time to bask in the wellness centre, enjoy concerts by world-class musicians, a feast of visual art and fine-tuning your Tuscan cooking skills.
Castel MonasteroFrom...Experience La Dolce Vita at Castel Monastero. Lovingly restored, this medieval monastery is nestled in Tuscany's Chianti region, just a short drive from the stunning city of Siena. Surrounded by chestnut forests and rolling fields, this awe-inspiring property provides the perfect setting to disconnect from daily life.
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.
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