See how they live in the medieval towns of Italy, and learn the local cuisine from the inside
Individual excursion for 1-3 people Price: € 250
Tuscany is known for its picturesque fields, ancient villages and delicious food prepared according to traditional recipes. You will visit family farms, understand what and how your favorite delicacies are made from, and taste wine with a professional sommelier. I will introduce you to the gastronomic customs of this beautiful region, tell you what and how to try, and prove that Tuscany is truly a gourmet paradise.
Marina guide in Siena Good afternoon, dear traveler! My name is Marina, and I live in the most beautiful region of Italy - Tuscany. I graduated from one of the oldest universities not only in Italy, but also in the world, the University of Rome "La Sapienza", founded in 1303. I deliberately chose the specialization, guided not only by my interests and hobbies, but also by the experience and skills acquired earlier. And today I am a certified specialist in the field of management, development and promotion of tourism. I am also a professional sommelier for the Association of Italian Sommeliers (AIS). 5 years ago, my passion for gastronomy and winemaking grew into my favorite job - I organize my author's gastronomic tours in Tuscany. Indeed, in Italy, more than in any other country, to know and understand cooking means to understand the character of those who inhabit the country. Typical regional dishes tell a lot more about the spirit of the people than works of architecture and painting.
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What awaits you
A trip to family farms In the valley of the Orcia River, there are small cheese dairies, wineries and mills that make products according to old technologies and recipes. You will stroll through the vineyards and olive groves, taste the prestigious Italian wine - Brunello di Montalcino. The cheese dairy offers more than ten types of sheep cheese, and the mill offers local durum wheat pasta. We will chat with farmers and they will share the secrets of the craft and funny stories about their profession. I will not only show you what to try and where, but I will also tell you where the recipe came from and how each product is made.
Tuscan landscapes from postcards On the way to the farms, we will see several small towns and villages of Tuscany, which are famous for their antiquity and comfort. We will walk along emerald hills, winding paths framed by slender cypresses: I will tell you about life in this region of Italy, local customs and activities. And, of course, you can take a photo against the backdrop of the famous Tuscan hills!
The picturesque region of Tuscany is located on the west coast of Central Italy. Tuscany attracts travelers with its unusually beautiful relief: the territory of the region is two-thirds hilly and a quarter mountainous, besides, 320 km of the coast in the west is washed by the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The region is also notable for the fact that it united the eternally rival cities - Renaissance Florence and Gothic Siena. If you have already visited these cities, then you probably preferred only one of them (the locals do the same). And there is a historical explanation for this. In the Middle Ages, independent cities developed, among which were Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo - they constantly fought with each other for power and land. However, in the XV century. Florence suppressed all rivals except Siena, but still became the cultural center of all of Italy.
Let's take another short excursion into history to understand why this region of Italy has such a name. Everything is very simple: in the lands of Tuscany from ancient times, and more specifically from the VIII century. BC ... and up to the 1st century. n. ., there lived a people who were called "Tuski", and he called his settlement "Tuscia", which eventually degenerated into Tuscany. It is worth saying that the Etruscans are the same "tuski" in Latin, and "Tuscia" is Etruria. Why did the Etruscans choose the hills and mountains of Tuscany for their settlements? The answer, again, suggests itself: people were worried about their safety during the time of endless wars for territory, so they built their fortress cities somewhere higher so that the enemy could not get there.
Italians should thank the Etruscans, who later merged with the Romans and organized a whole infrastructure: transport system, agriculture and mining. They founded the already mentioned Pisa, Siena, Lucca and Florence. New buildings, roads and sewers were built. Thanks to the Etruscans, an art was born that was completely new and unlike anything else.
This topic cannot be ignored. The great people who worked in their early years in Florence are heard by everyone: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Giotto, Francesco Petrarca and, of course, one of the founders of the literary Italian language - Dante Alighieri. If you want to feel a sense of belonging to the "high and beautiful" - welcome to Tuscany!
At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, you will find a marble statue of Michelangelo's David, and copies of it can be seen in Piazza Michelangelo and Signoria in Florence. One of the oldest museums in Europe, the Uffizi, houses the world's best collection of Renaissance paintings.
The medieval castle of Castello Guidi contains many of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions.
Of course, not only in Florence there are cultural sites. For example, in Siena there are the most beautiful cathedrals, but the most noticeable and majestic is Siena. Its full name sounds in Italian as "Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta" (Siena Cathedral in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). In Siena, you will also not pass by the medieval Piazza del Campo and the Fountain of Joy, which is located on it. But what about without the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, which everyone considers it their duty to "prop up"? And the town of Arezzo, paved with cobblestones, can be fully considered a cultural monument.
The most amazing natural wonder of the region is the Tuscan archipelago. It is considered the largest marine national park in the Mediterranean, with an area of 567 sq. km of protected sea surface and 178 sq. km of coast. The archipelago includes 7 main islands: Elba, Gorgona, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo, Palmaiola, Giglio, Giannutri. The Italians made Elba the most popular among tourists, and they organized prisons on the Gorgon and Caprai (probably, the criminals do well there).
Tuscany is a beautiful, alluring region of Italy. We are familiar with its tart wines, cheeses, fish delicacies. After all, it is here that grapes are grown on arid soils, which is used to prepare the famous Chianti, Montepulciano. The region is famous for the great artists Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael Santi, this is the birthplace of Dante Alighieri. Their creations still delight any traveler who has visited Florence. Choosing a beach holiday in Tuscany, you can not only soak up the pristine beaches, but also visit the famous old towns of Italy.
And how many small and very beautiful towns with ancient history are there, among them Siena. The seaside of Tuscany is full of luxurious beaches, hotels, fashionable discos and clear sea. Individual tourism, wine and gastronomic tours are especially developed here. In addition, you can relax on the coast of the Tuscan Riviera. This is a prestigious expensive resort. People come here not only for recreation, but also in order to establish business relations, to rotate in the highest circles of society.
In summer, the coast is hot, this is due to the fact that from the north the Apuan Alps protect from the north winds and keep the heat coming from Africa. The beaches of the Riviera are wide sandy, on some you can find up to 15 rows of sun loungers, differing only in color. Most of the beaches have a "blue flag" - a sign of clear water and cleanliness. Tuscan beaches are public and owned by cooperatives.
Therefore, the beaches are paid, the price includes sun loungers, umbrellas, as well as showers and changing cabins. The cost of entering the beach can be from 3 to 35 euros. Also on some beaches there is an additional charge for 1 minute (1 euro) for using the shower. This high cost is justified. All beach infrastructure is top notch. In the northwest of the coast is the prestigious Viareggio beach. This is a resort with a two-hundred-year history, distinguished by the highest infrastructure.
The beach offers a range of sports from sailing to bike rental. The resort is surrounded by a pine forest, a walk through which you will enjoy the cool and clean air. The famous Pisa is just 20 km away. In Forte dei Marmi, in addition to the beach, you can visit the market where you can buy delicious Italian cheeses, wine, as well as high quality clothing.
Marina di Carrara offers wide sandy beaches. In addition to all the famous water sports, children can visit the amusement park. Large cruise ferries are under construction in Marina di Carrara. In the town itself there are many ancient architectural masterpieces - these are churches of the 17-18 centuries. In the city of Carrara, the main square and cathedral are tiled with local marble.
The square itself is surrounded by ancient buildings, sculptures, churches built by famous Italian architects. It will be a pleasure to stroll in the shade of narrow cobbled streets and have a cup of coffee in a cozy cafe. Nearby is the Campochecina mountain terrace, which offers wonderful views of the coast and the island of Corsica.
The historic capital of Pietrasanta has about 100 beautiful beaches surrounded by pine trees. It is a marble and bronze processing center. Between Viareggio and Pietrasanta lies the resort of Lido di Camaiore. You can come here with children. Thanks to the owners of the beach, it is in perfect condition. There are wonderful views, along the promenade along a special road that goes to the mountain range, you can ride a bicycle or rollerblading.
There are numerous boutiques, cafes and restaurants on the embankment. The town is surrounded by greenery and colors of private villas. Enjoy local culinary delights such as tordellata pasta, chocolate cake. Nearby is the medieval city of Lucca. In the southern part of the Tuscan coast, you can find more democratic beaches. In contrast to the luxury and the corresponding cost of the resorts in the north, there are beaches that are owned by hotels. Their visit is already included in the cost of living.
Free beaches and recreation features
The Goofoo Gelato ice cream parlor is within walking distance, from Lotus just 16 minutes on foot. Address: 35 Hong Bang. It works from 9 am to 10 pm. The building is small, in front of it there is a parking lot for bikes. The menu is on one sheet, everything is visually clear. The cafe has: coconut ice cream, rose shaped ice cream, coffee, smoothie, soda water, milk tea, flower tea, etc.