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16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

These days, holidays are so much more than an escape from day to day life back home…

Of course, a holiday needs to be in a great setting, with time to relax, explore and create memories with our loved ones.

However, we are a very inquisitive bunch, and statistics show that we now want to experience so much more from holiday destinations.

A holiday is precious and when it’s all over, we want to leave with a much greater understanding of the region, than when we arrived. But how do we do this and what do we look for?

 

Home From Home Places to Stay

Accommodation is so important and can set the tone for the entire holiday. Everyone is searching for something different but Tuscany can deliver at every level, when you know where to look.

 

1. Beautiful villas with stunning views of the rolling Tuscan countryside.

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Imagine waking up every morning in your very own Tuscan villa and seeing the beautiful unspoilt scenery that this region boasts. I can promise that you will never tire of the views – they are truly inspirational.

 

2. Smaller homes with central village locations to soak up the local life.

For many, being in the centre of a community is key to an authentic Tuscan holiday so what better place to be based than in a village where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of Italian life from a quiet village location.

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

 

3. Accommodation with an understated elegance

When you look forward to your holiday for the best part of the year, it is vital that you get exactly what you want. It needs to feel like home but excitingly different. It needs to be typically Tuscan where modern facilities combine in a traditional yet sophisticated setting.

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

 

4. The Beauty of Self Catered Accommodation

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

In my experience, the self catered options allow you to feel like you live there but with the flexibility of help with shopping and cooking. This way, you get the best of both worlds – real living but with the luxury of people to help.

 

It’s All About the Taste

I believe that you really get under the skin of a region, when you embrace what the local people eat and drink.

 

5. Sip the Tuscan Wine

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Wine is a way of life in this region and no visit would be complete without at least one tasting….or maybe more! Why not combine food and drink with a wine tasting lunch at Coltibuono?

 

6. Savour the Sagra Food Festivals

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

These events are a must when visiting Tuscany. These festivals celebrate one particular type of food, such as Tuscan pasta, or what about a whole festival dedicated to pine nuts? ….only in Italy.

 

7. Visit Local Markets

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Food plays a big part of life in Tuscany – it’s where friends and family get together to taste and buy local produce which is in season. Just watching and walking through a market is an experience in itself so enjoy the buzz, as the Tuscans shop for their favourite foods.

 

8. Dining Out

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Tuscany has all kinds of restaurants from the Michelin starred Tuttimatti to the local family run Ristoranti. There is a restaurant to suit all tastes and occasions – definitely food for thought.

 

9. Cookery Classes

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Learn to make the perfect fresh pasta and create other regional dishes with someone in the know. What better souvenir can you have from your holiday in Tuscany?

 

Out and About in Tuscany

Variety is everywhere in this region and the best way to find it, is to simply get out and explore.

 

10. Lucca

Wander through the stone flagged streets of bustling towns such as Lucca. Chill out and watch the Tuscan world go by from a cafe in the main square or shop ’til you drop in the stylish shops.

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

 

11. Cycle along the Tuscan countryside

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Cycling offers a great way to see more of the region at your own pace. The quiet lanes that criss cross the patchwork of rolling fields are fun to travel along.

There are options for all abilities with the addition of electric bikes and helpful guides to offer easy and more challenging routes depending on your needs.

 

12. Volterra

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Visit historic Volterra and learn about the filming of Twilight. When you visit this beautiful hilltop town, marvel at the big square and the quiet narrow streets, it’s easy to see why this town was chosen as a film location.

 

13. Famous Florence

Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of the one of a kind city of Florence. You will be inspired and captivated by the architecture, the works of artistic masters and incredible charm.

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

 

The Devil Is in the Detail

Finding those finishing touches can be the chocolate on your tiramisu – or the Florentine version, which is called Zuccotto.

 

14. See the tuscan countryside from the air

Balloon rides offer the perfect combination of seeing the region from a completely different vantage point with the tranquility and exhilaration of the balloon flight itself.

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

 

15. Celebrating something special?

The region of Tuscany offers a wonderful backdrop for any special event. Weddings, birthdays, or family get-togethers can be made even more memorable with some Tuscan magic.

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

 

16. Do you have a love of music?

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Then why not experience a visit to the opera? Choose from a modern opera house, an open air event under the stars or a cozy historic church and you will be wowed by the experience. We can advise you about local events before your trip so you don’t miss out.

 

How to Find an Authentic Holiday in Tuscany?

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

We are here to help you design your holiday so you experience the real Tuscany.

Authenticity means different things to different people, but for most it’s a case of inviting you to lift the blanket of mainstream tourism to find a true and honest knowledge beneath.

So if you would like to experience an authentic Tuscan holiday, then please accept my personal invitation to Tuscany. You can contact us to talk about your next holiday and find out how we can help you.