Tuscany is famous for its splendid hills, sprawling vineyards, simple foods, superb art, and splendid castles. Relax in the scenic Italian countryside and learn the fine art of wine making or Italian cuisine with private winery tours or cooking school. Wake in your castle suite and explore famous works of art in Florence by afternoon. Stay seaside or up on the hill, with remarkable views from both.

Florence, in the Tuscany region

At one time in the Tuscany region, Florence thrived as the artistic center of the renaissance. Today, you can see for yourself the beauty and splendor of the period that gave new life to art and architecture. Start your tour of Florence at the Accademia Gallery. Filled with Michelangelo’s work, including the Slave and Four Prisoners, the most renowned and impressive is the statue of David. Be sure to speak to a Luxe Travel advisor about tours through the gallery as lines to see David can become quite long. The largest collection of renaissance art is housed at the Uffizi gallery. Once owned by the well to do Medici family in the 16th century. Today you can travel Medici’s secret walkway from their former residence through the Vasarian corridor and into the Uffizi Gallery. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi, and Carravaggio’s The Sacrifice of Isaac are just a few of the works of art here. Other pieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian are on display. Lastly, a trip to the Duomo Cathedral in Florence represents some of the finest of renaissance architecture. Visitors here can even climb into the large dome for magnificent views of the city. A visit to Florence is more than just art and the city represents the best of Italy in one place. Visit the art, tour the Tuscan regions beyond, stroll along the river and across the bridges, and enjoy fresh culinary creations.

Much of the Tuscany is renowned for simple yet delicious dishes and distinctive wineries. Many hotels offer cooking lessons from their top chefs as well as winery tours and tastings, included in your stay. At the Hotel Castello di Casole in Siena, you may take a grape and olive harvesting class, cookery classes with wine pairings, and a chef’s tasting menu. At the Villa la Massa, located on the banks of the Arno River, partake in morning cooking classes or a guided tour of Chianti region. Chianti is a regional wine produced in a vast portion of the Tuscany region. Tour the many wineries, cellars, and wine caves to find your favorite brand of Chianti. While here, have a personalized cooking session with one of Italy’s top chefs at the Villa San Michele in Chianti. The opportunities are endless and a Luxe Travel advisor can find the perfect class and tour for you.

A popular way to take in the Tuscany region is by bicycle. Many tours are available from easy to advanced. The easier shorter routes do not include steep inclines and tour operators always offer a lift if needed. Peddle by glorious renaissance castles and inns, some of which you’ll be sleeping in. View the incredible sprawling meadows, many filled with vineyards, which you may also tour. Biking through Tuscany is a marvelous way to savor the scenery at a leisurely pace.

Pisa Duomo and Leaning Tower in the Tuscany region

While in Tuscany, don’t miss Pisa and her leaning tower for which she’s famous. Constructed over nearly four centuries, the tower’s tilt has always been one of its features. Alongside the tower sits the Pisa Duomo in the Piazza dei Miracoli. The cathedral contains beautiful mosaics and gilded ceilings adorned with frescos. Additionally, the father of modern science, Galileo was born in Pisa. There are a number of sights highlighting his historical scientific advances here.

Castello Banfi il Borgo in Tuscany

While there are many castles scattered across Italy, the Tuscany region offers a significant number of castle accommodations. Arrange to stay at the Castello Banfi Il Borgo, surrounded by over 7100 acres of rolling vineyards; the medieval Castello Banfi has everything you need for a romantic Tuscan getaway. With wood beamed ceilings and stoned archways, you’ll step back in time in the 12th century Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa, situated 20 minutes from Florence. At the Castello de Casole, experience luxury while staying in one of the Tuscan farmhouse estates surrounding the castle hotel. The remarkable resort finished a recent restoration of the thousand-year-old castle. You’ll enjoy fine wine, pastoral views and refined suites with old world charm at any of these three extraordinary properties.

The Tuscany region epitomizes everything you could desire in an Italian vacation. Fine wine, delicious dishes, rambling countryside, superior works of art, what more could you ask for. To begin planning your visit to Tuscany, contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or concierge@luxetravel.com.