Significant because of historical and cultural attractions, and interesting because of the unique landscapes and fantastic food and wine, Tuscany is the ideal destination for those who love art, and for those who likes to enjoy the slow rhythm of countryside and wine tourism.Authentic experience of this Italian region you will have more if you find accommodation in a smaller place, which are normally found on the tops of the hills of Tuscany, and that will be the base from which you will visit the region.
Our recommendations are villages in the Chianti area, surrounded by fantastic views, from which the local curving roads lead to villages and major cities such as Florence, Sienna, Pisa, Arezzo...
And there you can easily get fascinated by the patina and the unique charm of this Italian region.
The hills of vineyards are common landscape of this region, wherever you go, on both sides of the road, spread endless vineyards, so it is immediately clear why Tuscany is one of the most popular wine regions in the world. Apart from a very long tradition which goes back to the days of ancient Rome, Tuscany is famous for several world famous wine region - Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Otherwise, more than 80% of production in Tuscany make red wines, according to which she became famous, and the main grape variety is Sangiovese, which occurs in many local versions.
Tuscany became famous thanks to this variety, although the range is an extremely wide (for example, Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in Tuscany before more than 250 years, but only recently have become popular in the region, mainly due to rising super Tuscany wines). From international sorts are grown more also Cabernet franc, chardonnay, Merlo, pino noir style trend, Sauvignon Blanc and cheese, and the most common are local varieties canaiolo, colorino, Malvasia Nera and Mammolo. As for the most common varieties of white Trebbiano and Malvasia follow, Vermentino and Vernaccia.
Even though this is not the reason for your visit to Tuscany, cruising the roads necessarily will encounter one of the wineries. There are many, with modest or serious production, but the visual experience of each of them, you shall state the idea that "there is no more beautiful things than being a winemaker in Tuscany." Usually placed in a hundred-year-old stone house, where wooden blinds are peering through a multitude of different colored hortatory are certainly places worth visiting, where along the way for a reasonable sum of money can buy authentic gift from Tuscany - a bottle of good wine.
Lunch on the terrace overlooking the Tuscan landscape is a unique experience! Besides of superior quality and an explosion of taste, an essential feature of Tuscan cuisine is its simplicity. The best example of this is the traditional soup ribolita, which literally translated means "steamed".
In its composition is fresh, very cheap vegetables - beans, carrots, cabbage, Tuscan kale cavolo nero and pieces of of bread. For meat lovers recommendation is Florentine steak, that is made from high quality chianina cattle that are grown in the same named valley which extends in the provinces of Arezzo and Siena in Tuscany and the provinces of Perugia and Terni in Umbria.
Paste are not representing a specific characteristic of Tuscany, but here, as in the whole Italy, always gets fresh, mostly local production and the standard quality ingredients.
If you want a local dessert, order Panforte, cake with fruit and nuts, or Ricciarelli, a traditional cake made of hay back in the fourteenth century, and today, a little modified, this sponge from egg whites, almonds and sugar. And if your choice is something of international dishes, also will not be mistaken.
Because, whatever you choose, do not forget, the food in Tuscany enjoys slow and a glass of local wine is practically obligatory.
Tuscan villages are incredibly vivid. In traditional Tuscany grocer in one place you can find good quality prosciutto, olive oil, pasta, cheese and, of course, lots of local wine labels ... In Tuscany is, otherwise, a very well developed agro-tourism, so it is an ideal time to visit between the middle of May and the middle of October.