Author: Toscana Promozione Turistica

Toscana Promozione Turistica is the Tuscany Regional Government Agency responsible for promoting tourism. Its main objective is to contribute to the promotion of tourism flows throughout the region, consolidating Tuscany’s presence in traditional markets and developing it in emerging markets.
January 21, 2022

Livorno, port of culture

An industrious city with its centuries-old port, Livorno is also a seat of contemporary culture. The Florentine explores the artistic depths of Livorno on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.         Art galleries + museums in Livorno       We start our cultural expedition at the 19th-century Villa […]
December 21, 2021

Start your day the best way with a Tuscan breakfast

Breakfast is often your first taste of Tuscany and it’s long been regarded as the most important meal of the day. A tourist attraction in itself, look out for authentic and traditional foods bearing the Vetrina Toscana logo and short descriptions at hotels and agriturismos on your next overnight stay in Tuscany. Serving breakfast based […]
November 9, 2021

Alternative art tour of Pisa

There’s far more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower, the sweeping curve of the River Arno and Galileo Galilei Airport. The Florentine spent a day exploring all things artistic in Pisa on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.         Keith Haring remains a permanent presence in Pisa due to […]
September 6, 2021

Dante in Tuscany: Casentino and Pisa

Baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante, the Florentine poet, writer and philosopher stayed true to his Tuscan identity throughout his years spent in exile, mentioning or referring to countless evocative corners of the region in his seminal work, the Divine Comedy.        Casentino: “green hills with […]
June 7, 2021

Elba: island of adventure, relaxation and self-imposed exile

Adventurous, soothing, hair-raising, exasperating, breath-taking, demanding, sensual, active, restful, scenic: the adjectives used to describe Elba Island are as varied as the Tuscan isle itself. The Florentine savoured Elba Island on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.     East       It’s the bluest of days as we board a […]
March 4, 2021

If Dante were here now: a self-guided tour of Florence

Retracing Dante’s steps means setting off on a unique journey into the art, history, culture and spirituality of Florence in the mid-1300s. In this self-guided tour of Dante’s Florence, we peel back the layers of history, often in plain view of the piazzas and occasionally hidden away in the medieval backstreets.         […]
October 27, 2020

Hills of healing and kindness: Valdelsa Empolese

    “Prayer is a suspension of the presumption of your ego,” explains Alessandro, his kind eyes sparkling with empathy, after showing us around the cell where the Blessed Giulia is said to have spent 30 years of her life in Certaldo Alto. “It’s about letting go and going beyond.” The Florentine went for a […]
September 30, 2020

Truffle hunting in Tuscany

“We have truffles all year round in Tuscany,” explains Massimo, as he releases Stella the dog from the spacious pen next to the family home. “But they’re different depending on the season.” The Florentine went truffle hunting in San Miniato and the Mugello on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.     […]
September 9, 2020

Never-ending renaissance along the Etruscan Coast

“It’s the place with the beaded curtain,” replied the local teenager, as he tucked into the elusive Livorno-style baguette we were trying to track down. Our appetite had been piqued by an early morning run along the meandering seafront further south in Castiglioncello, our chosen hidey hole for the summer. The Florentine savoured the summer […]
February 26, 2020

The spas of southern Tuscany

The sun was shining as I set off for southern Tuscany, destination Saturnia. It feels like an odyssey from Florence, pacing down towards Siena, continuing to Grosseto and slowing down in rural Maremma, almost as far as the Lazio border. It’s quicker to arrive at the hot springs from Rome than from the Renaissance capital: […]