Tuscany is one of the most popular and romantic tourist destinations in Italy. One dreams of rolling green hills covered with vineyards as well as hill top medieval villages and ancient fortified towns and art cities, full of historical museums and churches filled with art.
Tuscany is the land of food and wine and a great place to visit for foodies in search of magnificent meals and great reds. There are many sagres and festivals to visit in all the little towns and Florence is the jewel in the crown of Tuscany and the center of renaissance art. The Maremma coastline is a great place to relax on the beach with kilometers of white beaches.
Montepulciano wine region in the beautiful Val d’Orcia is our favourite area and the typical Tuscany filled with fabulous vineyards and home to the Vino Nobile. Siena is the most perfect sized town to stay in, with lots of treasures to see as is Lucca. Try some of our Tuscan Day Tours which are not only enjoyable but educational as well.
What to see in Tuscany
When you Sign up as a client with Passion for Italy, we will give you our Passion for Italy guide of all the wonderful things to see in Tuscany, a list of the festivals & sagres, restaurants, concerts & music festivals.
Getting there and around
The best way to get to Florence is by train, as it is one of the main stops on the high-speed train line. To get to the other towns and villages, and to tour the countryside you will need a car – as local train and bus services are not always frequent. The main airport is the Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei, whilst the Florence one is smaller but well connected to all the major Italian towns. Livorno is the main port, where ferries to Sardinia and Tuscan islands departure.
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A Few of my Favourite Things in Italy
by Allison Spiegel, PFI New York Office
When people ask me what my favourite thing about Italy is…. the song from The Sound of Music begins to play […]
Castello di Sammezzano in Tuscany. Unbelievable beauty – an amazing private castle and park outside Reggello, Province of Florence. Simply amazing – such architecture and incredible work done in the 19th C by Fernando […]
When I work in Florence to make contact with the wonderful staff of the Passion for Italy Florentine hotels, I just love simply to stroll around the center and look up at the magnificent architecture. I […]
Florence: New Arrangement Of The Rooms Devoted To Caravaggio And Seventeenth-Century Painting At The Uffizi Gallery.
The eight rooms on the first floor of the eastern wing of the Uffizi opened with a new layout […]
Just outside Siena, a taste sensation cooking course, with wine tasting to accompany your Tuscan meal which you have cooked yourself. Taught by experienced chefs who have a knowledge of Tuscan flavours deep inside them. Located in Tuscany on […]
I have always loved Montepulciano in the Val d’Orcia Tuscany. I visit every year. It is the perfect village – picturesque, pretty, medieval and on top of a hill, has the best red wine […]
A week in Tuscany is simply a wonderful holiday. To book a villa or apartment even if there is only two of you, is one of the best things you can do when travelling […]
Pinocchio Italy, do you know the story? The town of Pescia, is an Italian city in the province of Pistoia, Tuscany, central Italy. It is located in a central zone between the cities Lucca […]
I have been visiting Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany – this tiny, tiny place for almost twenty years. What’s so special? Let me share…
Bagno Vignoni is a thermal spring, dating back to Ancient Roman times. Whilst […]
Pienza, Tuscany, is a tiny town in the middle of the Val d’Orcia region. It’s ideal for a morning or afternoon visit. The centre of Pienza was almost completely re-designed in the fifteenth century […]
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is without a doubt one of the most incredible collections of art in all the world. Whether an art enthusiast or someone who has barely heard of Michelangelo, a […]
Love and romance have long been a part of the history of Florence. It is love, in fact, that we have largely to thank for the beautifully romantic Italian language.
Italian as we know it […]
A wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard is one of the quintessential attractions of Tuscany. Passion for Italy is proud to send our clients to a special winery near the charming medieval town of […]
Ah, Florence! With some of the most world-renowned art museums, arguably the most famous dome in the world, Renaissance treasures around every corner, high quality leather, excellent food and wine, Florence is a wonder […]
I attended the Andrea Bocelli concert at his Teatro di Silenzio at Lajatico, Tuscany. It is an all day effort to get there for many of the ten thousand that attend from all over […]
The Chianti Wine Region in Tuscany is winding roads, small towns, beautiful scenery and rows and rows of grape vines. There are four main towns to visit, and two small hamlets. Allow at least […]
The Lucca Puccini Opera Festival: The town and area around Lucca in Tuscany celebrates their home son Giacomo Puccini, with an annual opera festival of his works in July and August every year. Torre del Lago, […]
Location Location Location! This old real estate adage also applies to renting a holiday villa in Italy! Here are four factors to consider when renting a villa in Italy!
A wonderful Italian friend of mine […]
San Gimignano is a small hill-top town in Central Tuscany. It is a tourist magnet, but we love it just the same! Its famous towers (once numbering 72, now only 14 remain), its cobble-stoned […]
The famous Palio horse race in Siena dates back to 1310 and takes place twice a year: on July 2nd, (to commemorate the miracles of the Madonna of Provenzano) and on August 16th, (to […]
Tuscan Reds with Dinner or Lunch – Taste 13 Wines
Lunch or dinner in a fabulous Tuscan winery with wine tasting of 13 wines, located just outside the medieval town of San Gimignano, Italy in […]
Amazing cooking course on a beautiful winery and estate set in the Chianti Wine Region of Tuscany in the countryside outside San Gimignano.
This course is all about having fun while learning about the magnificent […]
It is terrible to not have the time to blog. I would love to be able to have the time to write like Francis Mayes from “Under the Tuscan Sun” fame and other books […]
We spent Christmas in the Maremma area of Tuscany with the most wonderful people. I really love spending time in the small villages of Italy as this is where all the traditions are preserved […]
In this series of blogs we will highlight some of our favourite day trip destinations in Tuscany – the Chianti Wine Region
When we think of Tuscany, it is often the rolling hills, valleys and vineyards […]
In this series of blogs, Passion For Italy are showcasing some of our favourite villas all over Italy. What better place to start than Tuscany…
This beautiful villa sleeps 16, so is perfect for groups […]
As I work and travel around Italy every year, I have visited many of the major museums in Italy. On my first visit to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Firenze over 25 years ago, […]
Continuing the series of travelling through Italy with my family in the European winter….For me it did not feel lIke Christmas because we were havIng a white Christmas. Funny – that after all those […]
I cannot describe how wonderful it is to be travelling in Italy. I simply love it -the lifestyle, the language, the smells of the coffee, the food…the clothes. Winter in Italy is freezing. I […]
After Roma we headed up to the beautiful Villa in Chianti. A magnificent large Tuscan homestead which was once part of a large Chianti wine estate but now is in the village of Cavriglia […]
Maremma is the beautiful country of South Western Tuscany. This area has verdant green, rolling hills dotted with small villages and farmlands and sandy beaches. This is also a big archaeological area for Etruscan […]
Lucca is situated in the northwest corner of Tuscany and is a world within itself. The centro storico part of the city is encircled by a fully intact wall constructed in the 16th century […]
Siena would have to be one of the most popular enchanting, small towns in Italy. It has everything a tourist could want – a hilltop view to die for, medieval walls, moats, history, art, […]
Montepulciano is a village in the Val d’Orcia, south eastern Tuscany, which would have to be one of the prettiest towns in the whole of Italy and is the place for lovers of fine […]
The word Chianti evokes images of sloping Tuscan hills cultivated with vineyards and glasses generously filled with the famous red Italian wine Chianti Classico. A territory steeped in history and tradition, where, for centuries, […]
Florence is the jewel of Tuscany, Italy filled to the brim with precious art and sculptures and architecture. When travelling to Italy you have to go to Florence. It is a must do! The […]
Experiencing the Italian food and wine specialties of the region is the perfect way to start a journey to get to know Italy, from its land to its people and history. One of the […]
Tuscany is one of the most popular and romantic tourist destinations in Italy. One dreams of rolling green hills covered with vineyards as well as hill top medieval villages and ancient fortified towns and […]
Chianti and Castles small group mini bus tour of the Chianti Wine Region Tuscany including a Tuscan lunch departing from Siena, Tuscany. Our first stop is under the walls of the Castello di Brolio, […]
Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour, small group mini bus tour departing from Siena or San Gimignano. Brunello di Montalcino wine is considered one of the best red wines in Italy. It has its ancestral roots in […]
Spend a wonderful day in a beautiful villa in the Chianti countryside learning about the regional cuisine of Tuscany. The cooking school is one of Italy’s oldest, and the villa, a former Abbey, is […]
Departing from Florence or Siena, this full day bus tour to Pisa and Lucca – two of the most important historical towns in Tuscany-
You will find Pisa along the road that leads to the coast […]
Siena and San Gimignano Guided Bus Tour. A beautiful full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano, departing Florence through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, with an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and […]
Private Tuscany wine tours with an Italian wine expert through the Chianti Wine Region and/or the Montepulicano wine region Tuscany. The tours are for those who want to relax, learn about wine making and wine tasting in Tuscany, […]
Our intense week long, Italian Cooking Course, Tuscany is designed to give you a traditional experience of Italian love for cooking and for pure food. Along the six days of our cooking classes, in preparing […]
Italian Cooking Classes in a traditional Tuscan villa outside Florence. Both introductory courses for those who cannot cook and advance lessons for the kitchen chef and foodie who wishes to learn new skills. You can […]
Uffizi Gallery – La Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence is Italy’s major museum, housing the leading Italian artists. Small Group 2.15 hr guided tour. Our Uffizi tour covers the Uffizi Gallery’s major rooms and halls. Avoid long lines […]
Small Group Walking Tour of Florence with average 4-14 people. Our walking tour combines lecture-style input with amusing anecdotes and interesting insights to offer an enjoyable and relaxed approach to the city.
As soon as you arrive […]
Skip the line, Group guided tour of the Accademia Gallery, Florence. Especially known for the famous sculpture by Michelangelo, the statue of David, the gallery also holds a lot of important exhibitions.
Food and Wine 10 day Tour Package Sept 23-3 Oct, 2019 in the best wine regions of Tuscany and Piemonte regions of Italy. Are you a wine and food connoisseur? Get ready to savour […]
Paint in Lucca, Tuscany with fellow artists. Our artists workshop offers one and two week art courses in and around the historical town of Lucca. The sessions focus on covering subjects such as still-life drawing, the […]