Tips for a memorable long weekend in Tuscany

How to make the most of your time in the romantic region

Destination Florence
September 28, 2020 - 16:51

In a region as spectacular as Tuscany, it's normal to feel like there's simply never enough time to take in all its wonders. Thankfully, carefully curated tours make fitting in tonnes more manageable, without exhausting you in the meantime. Whether you're in need of an escape from the regular working week, or hungry to explore more of timeless Tuscany, there's a variety of exciting options to delve into.

 

 

 

Contemporary culture

 

The city where every brick holds a story

 

 

Undoubtedly, Florence's main attraction is it's extensive cultural heritage. Where else could you find a gallery or museum nestled down almost every street? The Renaissance is well covered and you'll likely have already taken in the main sites, but there's a 20th century and contemporary element to the city that can't be ignored. A guided walking tour tracing the art of the 20th century through to contemporary art has you sorted. Indulge in an overnight stay at the iconic Grand Hotel Baglioni hotel in the city centre where you can kick of your mini-break with an aperitivo on the stunning terrace, getting you into the holiday mood. During your trip, a private guide will be at your disposal for two hours, bringing you through the most notable spots in Florence's more recent history. From the urban changes that altered the face of the city and the arrival of the avant-garde artists, to the wars and floods that all left their mark on the city, each impactful artwork traces these moments, opening your eyes to a whole other side of Florence.

 

 

 

Experience authentic Tuscany

 

Adventure through the region

 

 

Grab your hat, don't forget your camera, and set off on a remarkable safari trail and overnight stay in the Florentine vineyards for a truly memorable weekend. Alter from luxurious hotel guest at the Relais Villa Olmo, to intrepid explorer as you climb aboard a Land Rover to head down the off-road routes to seek out typical wineries for tastings right at the source of some of Chianti's best offerings. The unique experience is undoubtedly the best way to immerse yourself in the Tuscan countryside in Impruneta, all topped off by mouthwatering meals and an idyllic swimming pool with an incredible panoramic view.

 

 

 

Hiking in the hills

 

Relaxing dips in glittering waters 

 

 

Head outside the centre to discover the glorious countryside and marvels of the Tuscan hills. Now more than ever we really appreciate the value of getting close to nature and where better to do so than in the majestic hills of Tuscany. A four hour trekking excursion with a private guide ensures joy as flora and fauna are the ultimate therapy to the stresses of life. Plunge into poppy fields, rest in the shade of oak trees, and snap as many pictures as possible as you nibble on traditional Tuscan snacks and sip superb wines. Your stay in the regal Relais Villa Olmo offers rest and relaxation mixed with fun experiences as you visit their hotel cellar, and relax in the alluring pool. 

 

 

 

Further afield

 

Travel in style

 

 

Heads will turn as you rev your classic car engine, grabbing attention on your way to Elba island.  Set off through the stunning Chianti region at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo model duet '80s and Fiat 124 spider '70s and '80 as you depart Florence for Portoferraio on day one, taking in the charming Greve in Chianti and the medieval stronghold of Monteriggioni on your way. A guided tour of the historic centre of Siena makes sure you don't miss out on anything before catching the ferry. From there, settle into Saturnia for a dive into crystal water bays and a night at a typical farmhouse, with thermal baths offering total tranquility as you dip into the restorative waters. On the way back, drive through the Tuscan Maremma, stopping in Sorano with its Etruscan origins and then enter into the heart of Chianti, before returning to Florence after undoubtedly a most marvellous weekend. 

 

 

 

Accessible Tuscany

 

Florence for everyone

 

 

There are no-barriers to discovering the beauty of Florence. Those with disabilities can be assured of the utmost consideration with packages in collaboration with partners specialised in accessible tourism. Two nights in a 4 star hotel in the historic centre will offer the maximum immersion into the awe-inspiring history of Florence. Dinner in a typical restaurant will present platter upon platter of traditional Florentine cuisine. During your trip, a full day guided tour will be customised based on your personal interests as the museums you want to see most are managed by your guide, leaving you the luxury of pure enjoyment with none of the hassle. 

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