Tuscany is an enchanting region in Italy, famous worldwide for its rolling hills with vineyards and richness in history and culture. Boasting vine- carpeted hills, historical heritage, medieval hamlets, lush forests and a mouth-watering cuisine, Tuscany is a place like no other. It is a unique travel destination as it provides a myriad of options for travelers to delight all senses. Whether you are looking for a wine-soaked getaway with friends, an adventurous holiday exploring the stunning natural landscapes with family or an art-infused trip while discovering the roots of the Renaissance, Tuscany can be ideal for anyone.
Museum-hopping in Florence
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. It is an art haven plentiful of museums including the world-renowned Galleria degli Uffizi with many famous Renaissance pieces. Florence is a glorious city for art lovers, home to Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture and Museo di San Marco, home to the original work of Renaissance painter and monk, Fra Angelico.
Sometimes choosing between staying in Florence’s city centre to be close to the landmarks and famous museums or immersed in the beautiful Tuscan countryside might be a difficult choice, but having your own 15th century Renaissance aristocratic manor Le Rose offers the best of both. This unique Medici villa is the perfect place to enjoy the serenity in the midst of the Tuscan hills, with Florence only 7 km away.
Traditional Tuscan Cuisine cooking class
It is an exquisite experience to learn the secrets of Tuscan cooking while immersed in the beautiful countryside. Why not enjoy the luxury of having a private cooking class within your luxury home away from home? A more traditional option is attending a class at a cooking school where you can learn to make delicious pizzas, fresh pasta, Tuscan bread or the famous Tiramisu, just to name a few. Food plays an important role in the Italian culture, but especially in Tuscany and learning how to make a local dish provides a fantastic cultural immersion experience.
Castello di Vicarello does not only have 40 hectares of private land with vineyards, olive groves, forests, farmland and an organic kitchen garden, but it also has a classic spacious Tuscan kitchen where guests can learn to prepare organic ingredients or watch the private chef cook the seasonal dishes. It will be a unique culinary experience to try out the mouthwatering dishes served along with one of the four wines produced by the estate’s vineyards.
After a traditional cooking class, it will be discovered that the truffle is one of the best condiments which can be used in the Italian cuisine. Tuscany is one of the most important regions in Italy for truffle production. Truffle hunting is a perfect experience of lovers of adventure and fine cuisine, as the truffle hunting tours can take you on a quest through the beautiful wooded areas. San Miniato is a charming small hilltop village located between Florence and Pisa where every November it celebrates for three weekends the white truffle harvest. After a full day at the festival trying out the different truffle types before venturing on the truffle hunt with the dogs, you can get pampered at your own private holiday estate at the impressive Dimora di Ghirlandaio. It is located in the heart of Chianti’s countryside only 2 km away from Florence, offering a great base to explore Florence and Tuscany.
Dimora di Ghirlandaio is a magnificent property, including its own hamlet and farm that produces high quality DOP olive oil. It represents a true oasis of relaxation, being surrounded by 30 acres of vineyards, olive groves, a forest and a lake.
Explore Tuscany by bike
There is no better way to experience the Tuscan countryside and fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking nature while cycling. Touring by bike offers a unique chance to intimately explore Italy’s most picture perfect surroundings, through the vineyards, woodlands, olive gardens, thus allowing many opportunities to stop for some wine and olive oil tasting along the away. The exploration of the quaint medieval castles and villages will create long lasting memories and this activity will offer quality time with either family or friends.
After an active day outdoors, returning to a private holiday home in a one of a kind restored 16th century farmhouse estate, such as La Veduta di Verdine represents the ultimate pampering experience. Sitting on a hillside with picturesque views of the vineyards, olive groves and Italian cypress trees, this magnificent estate creates the perfect environment for a memorable stay filled with luxury.
My Private Villas, not only gives access to many of the world’s most exclusive properties for holiday rental, but it is also specialized in offering tailor made experiences for its discerned guests. It offers unlimited access to an unrivalled package of exclusive privileges, preferential rates and bespoke services, in order to help you create your most unforgettable moments.