Timeless Experiences To Have In Italy’s Tuscany
The Italian region has become a staple on the sophisticated traveller's wish list, and for good reason.
While Italy’s Tuscany has never lost its charm, visitors are now discovering there’s a lot more to it than just delicious wine and stunning scenery. The region has become a staple on the sophisticated travellers’ wish list, and for good reason.
Covering an enormous area from Florence to Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano, Tuscany is brimming with indulgent activities and beautiful accommodation. Here are our picks for top luxury experiences in Tuscany:
Stay in a gorgeous villa or over-the-top hotel
After a sumptuous stay? Tuscany is known for its gorgeous villas and over-the-top hotels. Borgo Pignano in Volterra is an 18th-century villa with views aplenty and an on-site organic farm that produces its own honey, fruit and vegetables. Spend your time here horseback riding, indulging in spa treatments, doing yoga, playing billiards or simply lazing by its incredibly photogenic pool.
For the 2019 season, Borgo Pignano is also offering guests the experience of touring the countryside in style behind the wheel of classic cars such as a Triumph Spitfire, Alfa Romeo Duetto, MGB or Fiat 500L.
For a mix of traditional and modern, look to stay in boutique hotel Monteverdi Tuscany. Located in the commune of Sarteano, the gorgeous hotel is all stone walls and wooden beamed ceilings. Subtle modern design touches add elegance.
Attend a cooking class at its Tuscany Culinary Academy and create regional specialties using some of the freshest local ingredients from the Tuscan countryside. Lunch, accompanied by local wine, of course, is to follow.
Guests to Monteverdi can also treat themselves to its frequent boutique art and music events. Every year, the hotel invites internationally-acclaimed performing artists to stay at the property and share their talents. Past events have seen musicians performing in its 14th Century Romanesque church Chiesa di Sant’Andrea and visual artists holding exhibitions in its on-site gallery. A stay here is the perfect mix of culture and culinary.
Bespoke attire designed especially for you
Companies such as Eliiss offer bespoke experiences, which see a team of artisans and designers create custom-made shoes, bags, perfume, and even clothing for you.
Co-founder of Eliiss Isabella Cambi calls it the ultimate gift for couples. “The men can give to the woman an empty beautiful box – we will send it to him – with a personalised invitation to fill in and a bespoke artisanal piece,” she says. “When they both come to Tuscany, we can organise activities for the man too. Wine tastings, Ferrari rides, gourmet experiences.”
The experience can also include dining at a Michelin star restaurant, spending an evening at the opera or staying the night in your own private Tuscan villa. Only a limited number of Eliiss Bespoke Experiences are available every year. Prices start at roughly $5,500 AUD.
Classic bike tours
If you’re more of a ‘do-it-yourself’ holidaymaker, try a bicycle tour. Guests on I Bike Tuscany tours will be collected from their Florence hotel before embarking on a single-day or multi-day guided excursion through the area’s wine regions.
Tours on Vespas and on horseback, and caving in the grottos also allow you to soak up your beautiful surroundings.
(Lead image: Borgo Pignano Villa Estate Tuscany / image: Mr & Mrs Smith)
Published 28 February, 2019