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  • Tailor-made luxury hotel holidays to Tuscany

    Luxury holidays in Tuscany

    A holiday in Tuscany allows you to appreciate its classical landscape of rolling hills and vineyards dotted with olive and cypress trees, its misty green-grey mountains that are never too far distant, and hill-top towns of rich brown and gold stone houses. This combines with the beauty of the works of art contained in the towns and villages throughout Tuscany to create an inspirational union of the spirit and the senses.

    There is an intrinsic comfort in the supposed contrast between the delicacy of a Botticelli and the heartiness of Ribollita soup, yet both are typical of this fascinating region. As birthplace of the Renaissance, the impact of Tuscan and in particular Florentine traditions and culture on European heritage is fundamental to our way of life. In addition to the obvious attractions of the scenery of Chianti and the art cities of Florence and Siena, there are the less well-known regions south of Siena with its moon-like landscape of hills, the patchwork vineyards of Montalcino, the coastal marshlands of the Maremma, the spas of Montecatini and Saturnia, the islands of Elba and Giglio, and the Casentino with the source of the Arno and abundant mushroom crops. Wherever you travel on holiday in Tuscany, you will be inspired by the beauty of your surroundings and the way of life, which is quintessentially that of Italy too.

    Some of our favourite four and five star hotels in Tuscany include Castel Monastero near Castelnouvo Berardenga, Castello del Nero in Chianti and the Villa San Michele in Fiesole. 

    Tuscany is also a region famous for its villas and gardens, many of which date from  the Renaissance times and are renowned for the way that garden design developed in the Western world. Expressions Holidays offers a small group tour visiting the gardens of Tuscany on certain dates in the year. To view the full details please click here or you can download here a pdf of our Garden Tours of Italy leaflet.

    For a more in-depth look at the artistic heritage and culture in Tuscany, enjoy a four-night cultural break following in the footsteps of the Medicis. Visit the statues, tombs, and palaces in Florence, and the Medici villas in the surrounding towns and villages. You can see the full itinerary and arrangements here.

    Another of our cultural breaks takes you through Florence and Rome, visiting the impressive paintings, sculptures, and buildings, designed or crafted by Michelangelo. Highlights of this tour include the Capitoline Hill, the Sistine Chapel, and the works at the Accademia in Florence. For a full itinerary, click here.

     

    Local highlights

    Cultural Highlights of Tuscany
    As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona. 

    Festivals in Tuscany
    Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest. 

    Gastronomy in Tuscany
    Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

     

    Getting out and about

    Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend.The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

    Travel arrangements

    By Air: Fly to Pisa (Daily flights with British Airways from Gatwick), Bologna (Daily flights with British Airways from Gatwick) or Florence (Non-daily flights with Meridiana from London City). Rome is also recommended for the hotels in southern Tuscany - there are numerous flights by British Airways and Alitalia from Heathrow and Gatwick as well as some regional departures. Most of the hotels in Tuscany are no more than a couple of hours' drive from one of the airports.
    Hire-cars: We include a hire-car with all our holidays to Tuscany (except the Florence and Pisa city centre hotels) as you really do need a car to make the most of your holiday in this region. However, if you want to combine a stay in Florence with a stay in the country then you do not need the car during your time in Florence. In this case, we arrange for you to drop off or to collect your car in Florence at the beginning or end of your stay there.
    Self-drive:  With your own car Tuscany can be reached comfortably with two overnight stops from the UK. For example you could overnight in Alsace and then the Italian Lakes and then return via Lake Geneva and the Champagne region. Ask us for advice and let us make these arrangements for you.


    Tuscany Area Map
  • Cookery holiday in Tuscany

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    Hands-on cookery holiday and learn to cook at boutique country villa in Chianti, Tuscany.

    Tour of Gardens and villas of Tuscany

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    Small group tours of Tuscan gardens.
  • Under the Tuscan Sun

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    Explore at leisure the cuisine, vineyards, culture, and countryside of one of Italy's most beautiful regions.

    The Heart of Italy - Tuscany, Umbria and Latium

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    Travel past vineyards, rolling hills, tranquil lakes and brooding mountains.

    Vineyards of Barolo and Brunello Touring Holiday

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    Luxury hotels amidst some of Italy's most prestigious vineyards, from the dramatic Alps to Tuscan villages.

    From Tuscany to Rome touring holiday

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    Fly-drive holiday through central Italy, travelling southwards through Tuscany, Umbria and Latium

    To Tuscany with own car

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    Travel southwards through France to Tuscany.

    From Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast

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    Travel by car from Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast

    Tuscany and Umbria by train

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    Travel by train to Tuscany and Umbria

    Exploring Southern Tuscany by train

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    Travel by train to Southern Tuscany

    Tuscany by train

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    Travel by train to the classical landscape of Tuscany.

    Florence and Tuscany by train touring holiday

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    Visit Florence and Tuscany by train.
  • Hotel Borgo San Felice

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    The Borgo San Felice occupies almost an entire hamlet on a slight hill in Chianti country.

    Castello Vicchiomaggio - Luxury Holidays in Tuscany

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    Castello Vicchiomaggio in Chianti is the perfect base to explore Tuscany from

    Relais Villa Belpoggio - Luxury holidays to Tuscany

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    A charming boutique hotel in the Chianti region, Relais Villa Belpoggio boasts an authentic Tuscan style

    Hotel Villa le Barone

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    The Hotel Villa le Barone is a charming hotel in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region.

  • Castello di Vicarello - Luxury Holidays in Tuscany

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    The Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany is a five star hotel set in beautiful grounds with seven elegant suites.

    L'Andana - Luxury holidays in Tuscany

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    A 5 star hotel set in extensive grounds just a few miles from the coast in southern Tuscany.

    Terme di Saturnia Spa Golf Resort

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    Terme di Saturnia promises a unique experience of wellbeing in the midst of the Maremma landscape.
  • Belmond Villa San Michele - Luxury Holidays in Tuscany

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    The Belmond Villa San Michele is a beautiful five star hotel in glorious countryside overlooking Florence.<

    Castello del Nero - Luxury Holidays in Tuscany

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    Castello del Nero is a sumptuous and elegant five star retreat in Chianti, Tuscany.

    Il Salviatino

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    Il Salviatino is a cosy and luxurious hotel in the hills above Florence with outstanding personal service.<

    Hotel Villa la Massa

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    Set on the River Arno, the Hotel Villa la Massa enjoys a sublime rural setting not far outside of Florence.

  • Borgo Santo Pietro - Luxury holidays to Tuscany

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    Borgo Santo Pietro is a five-star luxury hotel in the heart of the stunning rural landscapes of Tuscany.

    Castel Monastero - Luxury Hotels in Tuscany

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    Castel Monastero is a luxurious five star village-resort offering rustic elegance in Tuscany.

    Grand Hotel Continental

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    The five-star Grand Hotel Continental occupies a 17th century palazzo in the historic centre of Siena.

    Hotel Certosa di Maggiano - Luxury Holidays in Tuscany

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    The Certosa di Maggiano is the perfect luxury Tuscan retreat, located near Siena.

    Hotel le Renaie

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    The Hotel le Renaie enjoys a splendid, quiet, rural location in the hamlet of Pancole. The Hotel le Renaie

    Hotel la Collegiata

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    Just a five-minute drive from the centre of San Gimignano, the Hotel la Collegiata is set on a hill, surrou

    Relais la Suvera

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    The Relais la Suvera stands on a hillside commanding beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside just above t

    Adler Thermae Spa and Relax Resort

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    Adler Thermae Resort is a 5 star hotel in Tuscany with thermal pools and spa treatments.

    Borgo Pignano

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    Borgo Pignano is a historical property in Volterra Pisa, Tuscany.
  • Augustus Hotel & Resort

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    The Hotel Augustus occupies a prime position in an elegant residential area just a short walk from the cent

    Hotel Byron

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    Hotel Byron is a distinctive, stylish, patrician villa on the promenade in Forte dei Marmi.

    Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto

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    The Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto is a charming, luxury boutique hotel and member of Relais Chateaux and on

    Hotel Plaza e de Russie

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    A charming hotel right on the sea front in the timeless seaside resort of Viareggio.

    Il Pellicano - Luxury Holidays in Tuscany

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    A secluded and sophisticated retreat in a truly privileged natural location on the Tuscan Coast

  • Bagni di Pisa

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    The Bagni di Pisa is an elegant 18th Century mansion, situated on the edge of a very small town. This grace

    Grotta Giusti Golf & Spa Resort

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    Grotta Giusti offers a pleasant stay in an idyllic refined setting in the Tuscan hills.

    Hotel Relais dell'Orologio

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    The Hotel Relais dell’Orologio is a tasteful and small hotel full of historic character with just 21 rooms.

    Hotel San Luca Palace

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    A comfortable and friendly hotel in a perfectly central location for exploring Lucca.
  • Castello di Velona

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    The Castello di Velona is an enchanting hotel and a perfect place from which to explore southern Tuscany.

    Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa

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    Fonteverde Spa Resort is a luxurious five star hotel situated just a few miles from the Umbria border. 

    Hotel Relais Il Falconiere

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    The delightful Relais Il Falconiere is the result of a true labour of love on the part of the owners Silvia

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    Find out more about Tuscany, impossibly beautiful, irresistibly appealing and achingly lovely.
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