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THINGS TO DO IN TUSCANY

THINGS TO DO IN TUSCANY

Tuscany is not only one of the most famous regions in Italy, it is also one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Europe.

Breathtaking hilly landscapes, endless vineyards, picturesque villages with magnificent Renaissance buildings and the immense wealth of art treasures: these are just a few of the attractions that make a trip through Tuscany an unforgettable experience!

As further highlights you can expect excellent authentic cuisine, wines, that are among the best in the world and fantastic accommodations that guarantee a relaxing holiday.

A few tips for a perfect holiday:

WINE AND OLIVE OIL TASTING

Tuscany represents a perfect balance between nature and art, beauty and climate.
Here an excellent extra virgin olive oil is produced and is the result of a centuries-old tradition.

The variety of olive trees and the cultivation technique, the harvest of the olives at the right degree of ripeness and their careful processing, creates an incomparable product with a recognizable flavor that combines all the nuances of this land.

Every few kilometers you see signs along the road that point to a "Degustazione di vino e olio". Whether after appointment or spontaneously - a wine and olive oil tasting is always worthwhile! Whether Chianti, Sassicaia or Brunello: Tuscan wines have a very good reputation among connoisseurs. No wonder, since the art of winegrowing has been known in this region for centuries.

Wine growing in Tuscany has a long tradition; Etruscans were already able to produce a high-quality wine…

Tip: The "cantina" (wine cellar) "Podere Spazzavento" is a family owned wine estate, producing excellent Tuscan wines as well as a unique olive oil. The production is exclusively organic and the wine & oil tasting is professionally held by the owners. Some cheese, ham and bread is served, which helps taste the flavour of the wine and olive oil. A truly unique pleasure! www.poderespazzavento.it

TRUFFLE TASTING

Tuscany is a region of a thousand flavors capable of enchanting any tourist. The truffle is definitely one of the protagonists of the culinary tradition.
There are different types of truffles in Tuscany.

Each species ripens in a specific season: in autumn you can find the white truffle; in winter, the black truffle and brumale; in winter and spring the Marzuolo truffle; in summer and autumn the Scorzone truffle and the Uncinato truffle.

Tip: Tuscany shares a widespread of country in which a variety of truffles can be found. "Azienda Agricola Biologica SAN LUIGI" has been producing various truffle products over the past 3 generations. In a cosy and inspiring atmosphere a generous truffle appetiser, truffle dinner and truffle hunting is offered: You can taste an excellent local wine and different Pecorino cheeses with truffle honey (delicious!), sausages and last but not least some "bruschettas" with truffles. It´s amazing to experience the variety of this tuber and its unique typical taste. On request you may also buy the products here.

GRAPPA TASTING

This news is surprising: Tuscany also produces brandy, gin, grappa and other excellent spirits! Unbelievable but true, this beautiful Tuscany surprise us again and again.

The Tuscan distillate par excellence is Grappa. It is the only distillate that is obtained from a solid raw material, the grape pomace.

In Tuscany there are 4 distilleries specialized in grappa!

Tip: The Liquirificio Morelli, which has been family-run since 1911, from Forcoli / Palaia, is known not only for its select grappa, but also for its excellent liquors like the orange and lemon liqueurs, sambuca and much more! "Morelli" exports worldwide but still remains an authentic small family business. You are welcome for a tour tasting or just a direct purchase!

STAY IN AN AGRITURISMO

When you think of holidays on an agriturismo, you think of pony riding, baking bread and milking milk. Not so in Tuscany: Holidays in an agriturismo means family atmosphere, to be in contact with nature, no mass tourism, guests and hosts come into personal contact with each other.

As a guest, you immediately belong to the family, "nonna" cooks for you and if you bring children with you, you don't have to worry beacause italians are really child-friendly!

Tip: the "Antica Residenza" is an holiday farm nestled in a picturesque Tuscan countryside,surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and pine woods! At the same time within a few kilometers a charming little village can be reached , with restaurants and small shops, just ideal... Read more: https://www.carolines-toscana.com/tuscany/holiday-farm/antica-residenza/description

I hope you enjoyed our tips and have fun planning your vacation!

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