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Pienza, an ideal Renaissance city

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Discover the best destinations in Tuscany and Italy through their art, culture and nature. We encourage you to travel in Italy’s cities and countryside with our itineraries and tips. If you love wine, you’ll enjoy tasting wine not only in Tuscany but around Italy, so we’ve provided guides for wine tourism in Italy’s top wine producing areas. We’ve also thought about the best destinations around Italy for travel at different times of year, where to enjoy beaches, unique foods or traditions or the most important works of art. There are a lot of articles dedicated to Tuscany, a region that we know is on most people’s Italian vacation bucket list; of all the places to visit in Italy, Tuscany has the highest concentration of great art cities, combined with gastronomic treasures, great wine and beautiful landscapes. So follow along with our suggestions while planning your trip to Italy!

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Pienza, an ideal Renaissance city

Pienza, an ideal Renaissance city

It helps when a pope was born in your town. Pope Pius II Piccolomini was native to a small town in the Val D’Orcia area of Tuscany called Corsignano. During his pontefice, in 1459, he visited home after a period of absence and found it unacceptable. Populated by only old people and with no urban …Read More
September 15, 2014
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Siena for lovers: a romantic guide to the city

Siena for lovers: a romantic guide to the city

Siena is one of those picture-postcard Tuscan towns that literally takes your breath away. The first moment when you first lay eyes upon its magnificent Piazza del Campo, scene of the famous palio horse races, which take place here twice a year on July 2nd and August 16th, can’t be beat. The history of this …Read More
September 12, 2014
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Tips for a pet-friendly Tuscany

Tips for a pet-friendly Tuscany

Pets are often more than just man’s best friend, they are often considered one of the family. While traveling in Italy with your pet can seem like a challenge, you would be surprised to know just how pet-friendly Tuscany is. From beaches allowing your dog to run free, to exploring parks and nearby nature to …Read More
September 8, 2014
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3 historical towers with amazing views of Tuscany

3 historical towers with amazing views of Tuscany

One thing medieval cities did well was towers. Although most people lived in wooden housing that was prone to destruction, nobles and rulers built important structures in stone. The medieval version of “keeping up with the Joneses” was to build the tallest tower, producing very vertical cities like San Gimignano, the only Tuscan town to …Read More
September 5, 2014
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3 Historical Markets in Florence

3 Historical Markets in Florence

Florence, Italy: a city best known for its vast artistic heritage, traditional cuisine and absolutely beautiful streets. While many come here to marvel at Michelangelo’s David or gaze at the breathtaking Primavera in the Uffizi, it would be impossible to visit the city without making at least a few shopping trips. You could be looking …Read More
September 3, 2014
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Tuscany off the beaten path: 3 towns other people have missed

Tuscany off the beaten path: 3 towns other people have missed

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” ― G.K.Chesterton Tuscany has long been a destination for those looking to escape daily life and throw themselves into Italian culture, renting a beautiful Tuscan villa, enjoying great food and fabulous Italian wines. Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano being …Read More
August 27, 2014
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Baratti Beach in Tuscany: Sun, surf and much more!

Baratti Beach in Tuscany: Sun, surf and much more!

Forget city life and country dreaming, during summer in Tuscany there is only one thing you really must do if you get the chance – escape to the beach for a refreshing dip in the sea and a fabulous seafood lunch. While there are many great choices along the Tuscan coast, one of our favorite …Read More
August 13, 2014
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Summer 2014 Events in Tuscany

Summer 2014 Events in Tuscany

Summer in Tuscany is incredible for a number of reasons. We imagine that perfect aperitivo during a whimsical sunset in a medieval piazza, lazy days at the pool or that perfect glass of chilled white wine on a Tuscan terrace with a view of the countryside. Undoubtedly this is a wonderful season to enjoy Toscana …Read More
July 3, 2014