This stunning Tuscan villa offers breathtaking wraparound views, best appreciated as you dine al fresco on the terrace or linger by the infinity pool with a refreshing aperitivo. Lovingly restored, Cerretone features magnificent beamed ceilings, gleaming terracotta floors and imposing fireplaces. The furnishings mix old world antiques with Italian country comfort. A warm welcoming kitchen is the heart of this home and the perfect gathering spot for those informal meals. The well kept garden, sweeping lawn and shade trees create a feeling tranquility as the infinity pool beckons.
The capital of Tuscany, Florence boasts an impressive array of museums and historical sights. Stroll through The Uffizi Museum to see famous works by Da Vinci and Botticelli or see Michelangelo's David in The Galleria dell'Accademia. Don't miss the Florence Cathedral with its famous domed roof.
For centuries Siena has been the host of Il Palio. Every July 2nd and August 16th ten riders race their horses bareback around the cobblestone streets. The wild spectacle attracts thousands of spectators each year. If you are in Siena during this time it is certainly a must see!
No trip to Tuscany would be complete without visiting the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. But don't stop there. Take the time to stroll the Lugarno area and visit the shops and restaurants or take a walk along the Arno River.
Tuscany and wine seem to go hand in hand. Sample regional delights such as Brunello, Montepulciano and, of course, Chianti. Try a winery tour on the famous Chianti Classico Route and don't forget to pair it up with the regions equally famed meats and cheeses.
The Tuscan coast has some of the best beaches in Italy, so after sightseeing why not relax? All blue-flagged, some of the best include Marremma and Versilia. A nice coastal sidetrip could include an excursion to the islands of Elba or Giglio.
The Tuscan countryside is dotted with beautiful and charming medieval towns such as Luca and San Gimignano. It is a delight to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and marvel at the architecture while visiting local artisans and cafes. You never know what you may find around the next corner!
Why not see the gorgeous Tuscan countryside from above in a hot air ballon? In Val D'Orcia you can float majestically over the green fields, rolling hills and endless vineyards. For the kid in all of us - a view not soon forgotten.
The Romans frequented the hotsprings at Saturnia for their medicinal and heeling properties and not much has changed since. The springs area fabulous way to spend the day and afterwards you can frolic in the waterfall that cascades into the pools.
Be part of a bygone era. Tour and ride an authentic steam train from Mugello and take in the scenery while experiencing the thrill of travel from the Romantic Age. Sure to be a hit with all the little engineers in your group!
The discovery of ancient fossils in Peccioli has led to the building of The Prehistoric Park. The kids can play around life-sized dinosaur replicas, cavemen and even a volcano. Round out the day with a picnic lunch in the park.
If visiting in summer, don't miss the countless fairs and festivals that almost any of the small towns have throughout the season. Usually in the village center, many showcase local artisans and food and games. Of course, no fair would be complete without face-painting and your favourite gelato!