Unparalleled art, fabulous country sides, unique natural landscapes, fine wines, delicious food, great culinary traditions, fantastic sea coasts, beautiful islands and scenic mountains.

Wine tasting in Tuscany

The list just goes on and on. All of these waiting to give us just the prefect holiday one could ever dream of the central Italian region of Tuscany gives the traveller many such reasons to fall in love with it; so much so that songs could be written about its beauty.

Through planning our trip to the central Italian region of Tuscany, we learnt that it would not be complete without sampling some of the world-famous local wines. More than 80 per cent are red, created in conditions perfectly suited to wine-making, thanks to the warmth of the radiant sun, and rich soil.

Whether one is a connoisseur or new to the world of wine, tasting various wines is sure to tantalise their taste buds sipping different home-grown Tuscan varieties while learning how they are made and admiring the beautiful landscape within which the grapes grow.

Wine-tasting venues ranged from rustic farms, to medieval castles, where local experts showed us how to taste wines correctly, what foods they go best with and offered us an insight into the history of Tuscan wine. The region produces so many top-notch wines that figuring out where to go for wine tastings can be a little overwhelming.

Tuscany provided several wonderful opportunities to discover why its wines are so good – through organized wine tours, cooking lessons, wine tasting and wine cellar tours; just perfect for that relaxed ‘wine-holiday’ we just dreamt of. The true beauty was discovering Tuscany and its wines on our own and wandering the many zones in the four corners of the region, to find the mix of grapes, the style of vinification or even just the “look” of the wine that best suited our taste buds. And it doesn’t just stop here; one can just travel the full length of Tuscany north to south, east to west and you will meet with several variations on a theme, ‘grapes’.

Florence

Regarded as one of the most alluring cities of Italy, Florence is also the capital of the Tuscany region brimming with remnants of Italian historical and cultural heritage.

Blessed with some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture; including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica, Florence is a traveller’s delight.

Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards. Since we were visiting Florence for the first time, we got the feeling of being in a grand, open-air art museum. Every nook and cranny of this enchanting city showcased a brilliant collection of Florence’s much-lauded artworks and historic heritage and we were head-over-heels in love with it.

This enchanting city offers some of the best historical marvels and architecture in all of Italy. That’s not all; this beautiful city offers a lot more than art. Wandering around the city, we could see a whole new perspective of the Italian dolce vita. After enjoying a day exploring Florence’s heritage, it was time to indulge in some Tuscan food, which we were said was unique to the city. Florence has numerous ways to tantalize your taste buds, but if you are looking for a refined epicurean experience, then the city offers an excellent choice. For all the connoisseurs out there, the city is perfect to go on a shopping spree and splurge with some retail therapy in Florence’s extensive network of shopping streets that house some exquisite stores amid old-world charm.


When in Florence, there are a few tourist spots that one shouldn’t miss out on, so a planned itinerary is very important. Once you have your Italy visitor’s visa, get set and get ready to plan one of your most memorable holidays ever.