A photograph of the region through our guest’s eyes
Italy’s DMCs share with DUCO tips on gastronomy, landscapes, and secret treasures
“when i started to see italy from the sea then i understood how beautiful Italy was and of course Tuscany is among one of the most beautiful parts.”
Seal, award-winning singer and songwriter
“how incredible is to be in a region that just has so many beautiful places, beaches, landscapes… I think that we’re absolutely chock-block full of incredible treasures.”
Ondine Cohane, author and jornalist
An Itinerary in Tuscany provided by Toscana Promozione
Start your long weekend with a visit to Lucca and do as the locals by renting some bikes to explore the town. With stunning architecture and four kilometres of walkable city walls, the quaint town merges history with a chic exclusivity.
Lucca is also home to one of the most famous shopping streets in Italy, La Via Fillungo, with vintage storefronts boasting both traditional and contemporary designer style. After a perfect cappuccino or espresso in the legendary Caffe di Simo, slip into the Teatro del Giglio, famed for its history with composer Giacomo Puccini, for an evening of Italian opera.
Rent some vespas or vintage Fiat 500s for a spin into the UNESCO World Heritage site Val D’Orcia in the heart of Tuscany. Visit charming villages such as Montalcino, famed for its excellents Brunello wines, and Pienza, founded by Pope Pius II as the ideal Renaissance town.
Wander through town to taste local delicacies like Pienza’s famous pecorino cheese straight from the carts of traditional producers in the area. Take the winding roads northward through the postcart-perfect hills past San Quirico d’Orcia to the city of Siena for some nightlife and strolling in Piazza del Campo.
Head to the coast! The longest side of Tuscany stretches along the Tyrrhenian Sean and boasts fabulous and variegated beaches, from stretches of sandy dunes to rocks and cliffs, with an archipelago of gemlike islands. We love to stroll the beach in Forte dei Marmi in the north.
Peruse the shops in town or put your feet in the sand with a cone of handmade gelato from Gelateria Cervino, the historic local establishment in Via Spinetti offering artisanal gelato for visitors since 1940.
If you’re interested in a change of perspective, you may instead drift toward the harbor to hire a sailboat and skipper for a sunset cruise with an onboard glass of prosecco in hand.
The best weekend in Tuscany includes a visit to Arezzo for a veritable treasure hunt. The walled city boasts a rich history, ranging from Etruscan heritage through Roman occupation and Medici rule, and architetural gems containing masterpieces like Piero della Francesca’s History of the True Cross and Cimabue’s crucifix in the church of San Domenico. The bounty of beauty continues in the streets.
Arezzo, the city of gold with an ancient goldsmith tradition, is also home to Italy’s largest antiques fair. Stalls gleaming with antique treasures will tempt you into finding more than one keepsake to remember your stay.
And to top off your Tuscan weekend in dining style, Le Chiavi d’Oro marries innovation with tradition tucked into a refined, yet rustic setting.